Introduction

Abstract Submission for the EFI 2024 Conference has been extended to February 15, 2024!EFI 2024 Conference
Date: June 11-13, 2024
Location: Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland

This 3-day community-wide EFI meeting on 11-13 June 2024 aims at bringing together scientists, agencies, industry, and stakeholders to build a community of practice and to advance research, applications, and collaboration around near-term (subdaily to decadal) ecological forecasts. Find conference details and links to register and submit an abstract on the EFI 2024 Conference webpage, https://bit.ly/efi2024.
Call for Nominations for New EFI Steering Committee MembersPer EFI’s Operating Principles and Procedures (OPP), the community will elect two Members for the Steering Committee and an additional two Members will be appointed by the Steering Committee. Elections will end on March 15, 2024.

The Steering Committee is tasked with developing and facilitating a long term vision and plan to advance the broader ecological forecasting community. You can nominate yourself or other EFI members for election by emailing info@ecoforecast.org before February 27, 2024.

More details at: https://ecoforecast.org/efi-steering-committee/
Save the Date! European EFI Chapter General AssemblyThe European Chapter (EEFI) is hosting a half-day General Assembly to bring the European forecasting community together before the EFI 2024 Conference to introduce a newly elected EEFI Steering Committee and to discuss the EEFI strategic plan, governance and operations, working group opportunities, and plans for upcoming events. Details about the General Assembly are available on the EFI 2024 Conference webpage.
We are in the third round of the Statistical Methods Webinar series co-hosted by EFI and the ESA Statistical Ecology Section.

The recording from the February 5 on Applications of the `aniMotum` R package for quality control, behavioural estimation and simulation of animal movement data by Dr. James Grecian will be available on the Stats Seminar page and at https://youtu.be/LgZ0Upw3bic

On March 4 Drs. Toryn Schafer and Chris Wikle will present on on Spatio-temporal modeling including an introduction to spatio-temporal statistics and how one can use R to work with such data. Topics will include data exploration and visualization, an introduction to descriptive methods based on Gaussian processes, and dynamic spatio-temporal models that attempt to model the explicit evolution of spatial processes through time.

Register for the call at: https://bit.ly/3UxwoNg

See details about the call, the full schedule, and register for all the calls HERE. Each seminar is 1.5 hour in length and is led by an invited speaker with expertise on a given topic or statistical method. Speakers spend the first part of the webinar presenting a project where they used the method, followed by sharing R code or packages related used for the statistical method. Presenters walk through the code, taking time to describe common pitfalls or stumbling blocks for performing the method and visualizing results.

Upcoming topics or R packages in the current series include: SpaDES and wsyn
European EFI Chapter Monthly SeminarsThe European EFI Chapter (EEFI) is hosting monthly seminars. The next call is on 14 February 2024 at 1pm CET.

Dr. Thomas F. Johnson will present. His title and abstract will be available shortly Register here: https://bit.ly/3HfhpzR.

Details about the speakers, links to register for upcoming calls, and recordings from previous presentations can be found on the Seminars webpage on the EEFI website.
Oceania EFI Chapter Monthly SeminarsThe Oceania EFI Chapter (OEFI) is hosting monthly seminars. A new schedule will be developed for 2024.

Details about previous presentations, links to register for upcoming calls, and recordings from previous presentations can be found on the OEFI webpage.
Short Course Resource AvailableThe Canadian EFI Chapter hosted a week-long short course in July 2023 titled “Forecasting for Decision-Making: An Epidemiological & Ecological Perspective"


The main purpose of this course was to build skills for producing more reliable and decision-relevant forecasts. In the spirit of having the course be as open as possible, the course materials are available including lectures, exercises, and forecast modelling materials for three case studies: Infectious Disease Control, Fisheries Management, Water Quality Monitoring. The playlist of the lectures is available on the EFI YouTube channel here and the exercises and case study materials are on GitHub here.
The EFI-NEON Research Coordination Network is an NSF-funded grant to create a community of practice that builds capacity for ecological forecasting by leveraging NEON data products. Forecasts can be submitted to any of the Challenge themes: terrestrial carbon and water fluxes, plant phenology, aquatic surface temperature, oxygen, and chlorophyll-a, tick populations, and beetle communities.

Find more details about participating in the Challenge or using it for classroom instruction at neon4cast.org begins in 2021.
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