PEPG Instrumentation Workshop - Register NOW !

James Morison morisj at
Fri Jan 9 12:25:45 EST 1998

   Plant Environmental Physiology Group of the
                     Society for Experimental Biology

The full details of the 4th International Workshop on Field Techniques
for Environmental Physiology to be held in Almeria, Spain, 30th March -
5th April, 1998 are now available through the updated PEPG Web pages at
or at:

which include details of the programme, speakers, registration costs (in
pounds sterling), and photos of the venue and locale. There is an online
"registration of interest form".

Booking forms are ready to be sent out to all those who register
interest with us. Please note numbers are limited, so early booking is

For those without Web access a text version is appended below.


                Plant Environmental Physiology Group of the
                     Society for Experimental Biology

4th International Workshop on Field Techniques for Environmental Physiology

                  Almerma, Spain, 30 March - 5 April, 1998

                         *** 3rd Announcement ***

>> Outline

The workshop aims to introduce newer scientists to a range of plant
ecophysiological techniques for field measurements. The workshop will
emphasise training and include presentations from experienced
practitioners, equipment demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on work
with instruments. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment
and contribute to demonstrations and the sharing of experience. The
practical application of techniques will be illustrated through a field
trip to see on-going plant ecophysiological research in the area around
Almerma, one of the driest regions in Europe. The number of people
attending the workshop will be restricted to 50 to allow easy communication
between all participants.

>> Programme

   * Monday 30th March
     Registration and welcome meeting.
   * Tuesday 31st March
     Talks and setting up instruments.
   * Wednesday 1st April
     Equipment demonstrations, practical session, talks, poster session.
   * Thursday 2nd April
     Equipment demonstrations, practical session, talks, workshop dinner.
   * Friday 3rd April
     Excursion to see plant ecophysiological research at EEZA field sites.
   * Saturday 4th April
     Analysis and presentation of results from practical sessions, summary
     and closure.
   * Sunday 5th April

>> Talks and speakers

  1. Planning field-based plant ecophysiological research
     To be confirmed
  2. Measuring plant microclimate
     James Morison, University of Essex, UK
  3. Measuring plant water potential and hydraulic conductivity
     Marisa Gallardo, Universidad de Almerma, Spain
     Carmen Gimenez, Universidad de Csrdoba, Spain
  4. Measuring sap flow and stand-scale transpiration
     Denis Loustau, INRA Recherche Forestihres, France
  5. Measuring plant gas exchange
     Peter Farage, University of Essex, UK
  6. Fluorescence studies of photosynthesis
     Jeremy Harbinson, Institute of Agrotechnology, ATO-DLO, Wageningen,
     The Netherlands
  7. Measuring canopy properties
     To be confirmed
  8. Measuring root system properties
     Mark Smith, Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, UK
  9. Measuring soil water content and potential
     Chris Dirksen, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands
 10. Measuring vegetation properties and productivity
     To be confirmed
 11. Plant ecophysiological research in SE Spain
     Francisco Pugnaire, EEZA, Almerma, Spain

There will also be a Poster Session, where participants can present work
dealing with the development or application of field techniques in plant
ecophysiological research.

>> Accommodation and transport

All participants will be accommodated in Hotel Playa Capricho, a 4*
tourist hotel, located in Roquetas de Mar, about 20 km from Almerma. The
hotel offers conference facilities and comfortable rooms in a beach-side
location. Participants will book their accommodation (bed and breakfast)
directly (see Workshop Costs). The cost of lunch, coffee breaks and the
workshop dinner will be included in the workshop registration fee (see
Workshop Costs). Evening meals (except the workshop dinner) are not
included, as participants are expected to dine informally in the many
restaurants close to the hotel.

Although Almerma has an international airport, it mostly handles holiday
charters in the summer season. Malaga is used by a wider range of airlines
and carries a much larger volume of flights, therefore providing cheaper
and more flexible travel options. We will provide coaches to transfer
participants from Malaga airport to the workshop hotel. There will be one
or two coaches on Monday 30th March to meet inbound flights, and two on
Sunday 5th April for outbound travel. The cost of the coaches will be
included in the workshop fee. Transfers at other times or to other airports
must be arranged by participants themselves.

>> Equipment demonstrations

Equipment demonstrations and "hands-on" practical sessions will be held in
the garden of the hotel. The demonstrations will be given by equipment
manufacturers, speakers and participants, and will be pre-scheduled before
the workshop. If you are interested in giving a demonstration, please
indicate this when registering, and give the amount of time required
(maximum 45 minutes).

>> Field trip

There will be a full-day's coach trip to two field sites operated by the
Estacisn Experimental de Zonas Aridas (EEZA), to see their current
field-based research and the typical vegetation of the region. The sites
visited will be: (1) the highly-eroded "badlands" in the Desierto de
Tabernas, where EEZA are conducting field studies of the interaction
between climate change and desertification processes; (2) the Rambla
Honda, a formerly-cultivated valley, where EEZA are undertaking
long-term studies of vegetation dynamics, hydrology and erosion.

>> Booklets for participants

All participants will receive a booklet containing summaries of the talks
given at the workshop.

In addition, they will receive a copy of the "Environmental Perspectives
1996/7" compendium issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany containing
all articles produced by the Third International Workshop on Field
Techniques for Ecophysiology (Rapolano, Italy, September 1995) and
previously published in the Journal between September 1996 and May 1997.

>> Workshop Costs

The accommodation cost (bed and breakfast) will be approximately UK #28 per
person per night in a shared double room, and #36 in a single room. The
full workshop registration fee will be #270, reduced to #220 for full SEB
or BES members, #180 for bona-fide students (a letter from your institute
will be necessary) and #140 for current student members of the SEB or BES.
This fee covers the cost of airport transfers via Malaga, welcome cocktail,
lunch, coffee breaks, workshop dinner, booklet containing summaries of
conference papers, Environmental Perspectives 1996/7 and field excursion

>> Organisation

The workshop is organised on behalf of the Plant Environmental Physiology
Group of the Society for Experimental Biology and the British Ecological
Society. Local support is being provided by the Estacisn Experimental de
Zonas Aridas (EEZA), located in Almerma. The organisers are James Morison
(University of Essex, UK), Simon Allen (University of Edinburgh, UK) and
Francisco Domingo (EEZA, Spain).

>> Register for a booking form

To receive the booking form and more details please use the on-line
Registration Form at:

Firm bookings and a registration fee will be required by January 26th.

If your web-browser does not allow you to use the on-line form, please
register by sending your full name, email and postal addresses to James
Morison. If you are planning to present a poster, please state its title
and authorship. To aid in planning the workshop, please also indicate
the topics (see list of Talks above) that interest you most, and whether
you would like to give an demonstration.

     Dr James I.L. Morison
     Dept of Biological Sciences
     J.T. Labs
     University of Essex
     Wivenhoe Park
     CO4 3SQ
     United Kingdom

     Email: morisj at
     Fax: +44 1206 873416
     Tel: +44 1206 873327


Dr James I.L. Morison,
Department of Biological Sciences,
John Tabor Laboratories,
University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park,
Colchester    CO4 3SQ   UK
tel +44 (0)1206 873327      fax +44 (0)1206 873416
email:morisj at

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