The symposiums and workshops are hosted at the Norwegian institute for nature research (NINA) and the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU). Both institutes are located just south of Trondheim centrum. See the individual workshops below for information about where each workshop will be.

All travel and venue information can be found in this pdf


AtB bus ( - 15 minutes travel
Fare single ticket: 60 kr with cash, 37 kr with AtB Mobillett app (download: Google Play and Apple Store)

From Conference venue to NTNU Gløshaugen and NINA

Sunday: Bus 60 from Trondheim S 10 to Lerkendal gård or bus 55 from Trondheim S 10 to Studentersamfundet, change to bus 66 to Lerkendal gård
Monday: Bus 46 from Pirbadet to Studentersamfundet, change to bus 8 or 60 to Lerkendal gård

From NTNU Gløshaugen and NINA to Conference venue

Sunday: Bus 8 from Lerkendal gård to Studentersamfundet, change to bus 46 to Pirbadet
Monday: Bus 8, 60 or 36 from Lerkendal gård to Studentersamfundet, change to bus 46 to Pirbadet


Trøndertaxi - Phone number: 07373


A dynamic annotated map is found here and static maps are in the pdf to download. 


2nd Per Brinck Symposium: coupling ecology

2nd Per Brinck Symposium: coupling ecology

Time: Monday 10:00-16:30

Where: NINA (auditorium Amfiet)

Oikos journal is organising their biennial and open Per Brinck symposium on synthesis in ecology on Monday February 19th. The aim of the meeting is to bring together expert editors in different disciplines of ecology to present their view and research on important advances in the field. The focus of the symposium is to develop interfaces between different ecological disciplines. The presentations will be published as forum papers in an upcoming issue. The symposium will cover topics ranging from links between sexual selection and population dynamics, stoichiometric perspectives in metapopulations, belowground connectivity, relevance of microbial interactions, marine urbanisation and changed migratory routes. 

The PB symposium will take place on Monday and is open for those registering for the Nordic Oikos conference. You can register for the PB symposium as part of your registration for the Nordic Oikos meeting.


10.00-10.10: Introduction to the PB symposium

10.10-11.10: Dries Bonte, Martijn Vandegehuchte, Thomas Banitz, Janne Bengtsson, Volkmar Wolters, Katarina Hedlund & Matty Berg: The dark side of connectivity: biotic linkers in the soil

11.10-12.10: Jessica Abbott & Sara Magalhaes: Eco-evolutionary feedbacks of sexual selection


13.30-14.30: Björn Rall, Steven Declerck, Martijn Bezemer & Jotaro Urabe: Stoichometry in meta-ecosystems: population dynamics and biodiversity patterns.

14.30-15.30: Christopher Swan, Johan Kotze & Alan Todd: The Ecology of Terrestrial-Marine interfaces with increasing coastal urbanization


Scientific reuse of openly published biodiversity information: Programmatic access to and analysis of primary biodiversity information using R

Scientific reuse of openly published biodiversity information: Programmatic access to and analysis of primary biodiversity information using R

Time: Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00 & Monday 09:00 - 16:00 

Where: NTNU Realfagsbygget (lower floor 2, room DU2-150). Mazemap:

Scientific use of openly published and aggregated primary biodiversity information is in steady increase. Reuse of open research data and academic data citation is an emerging trend that is prioritized by current research policies, and citation of biodiversity data published through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( shows a steady upward trend. On-going improvements in biodiversity informatics to build support for new data types, such as the recent event-core in GBIF, open up for new uses of GBIF-mediated data. However, many researchers still access biodiversity data in GBIF from the web portal and the advanced machine readable programming interfaces (APIs) remain arguably underutilized. This Oikos 2018 workshop will introduce participants to the GBIF API and stimulate Nordic ecologists and systematists to a more programmatic use of GBIF data. Most examples and training exercises will use the R language and software environment for statistical computing. Scientific workflows with tools such as Galaxy will not be covered in this workshop. However, the interested workshop participant will be gently guided towards further reading material. The workshop is organized by the Norwegian participant node in GBIF ( and the ForBio Research School in Biosystematics (, both hosted by the UiO Natural History Museum in Oslo and will take place on Sunday 2018-02-18 and Monday 2018-02-19 at the Oikos conference venue Trondheim. Registration is open for both Oikos 2018 participants and ForBio members. We plan to spend some time to work in groups with hands-on exercises, so please consider bringing your own data and research questions to the workshop. We will also prepare some training datasets for you to work with.

Organizers: Dag Endresen (Global Biodiversity Information Facility Norway,, and Hugo de Boer (ForBio Research School in Biosystematics,

Workshop webpage here: 

If you are not attending the Oikos conference but would still like to participate in this workshop, you may do so by signing up for the workshop here:



Students in research and work placements

Students in research and work placements

Time: Monday 1400-1600

Where: NTNU Realfagsbygget (floor 3, room E3-108). Mazemap:

Advances in higher education training has put coherence between workplaces, research, and education front and center. In biology training, these developments signify a potential to enhance the education of the next generation of biologists by integrating work- and research placements in the education programs. It is crucial that biologists use this opportunity to develop their curriculum in constructive ways that are relevant for academic staff, to ensure that future colleagues and biology discipline retains its relevance in societal and educational advances.  

In this workshop, we invite participants to discuss implementation of work- and research placement into biology education. We propose to structure the discussion into four aspects, and invite workshop participants to give short presentations of their experiences with workplace and research integration in education programs. Each aspect will be introduced before the discussion in the form of invited contributions. Participants can still make unprepared contributions in the plenary sessions. We will discuss in groups subsequent to the introductions. An overall summary will be prepared after the workshop.

For more information please contact

Organizers: Torstein Nielsen Hole, Gaute Velle, Vigdis Vandvik, Oddfrid Førland  and Anne-Laure Simonelli  (BioCEED, UiB)




Early career development

Early career development

Time: Monday, 13:00-18:00

Where: NTNU Realfagsbygget (lower floor 1, room BU1-101). Mazemap:

Very few people have an easy career path, most of us face a variety of challenges.  This workshop looks at some of the issues researchers face and how they have successfully managed them to secure their post doc positions and more permanent roles. This workshop is mostly aimed at researchers in the early stages of their career (PhD  and Post doc). 

Full program for the workshop can be found here

Organizers: British Ecological Society

Workshop on the systematics of ecological diversity

Workshop on the systematics of ecological diversity

CANCELLED (06.12.2017): Unfortunatedly the organizers of this workshop had to cancel the workshop due to a lack of capacity at the time of the Oikos 2018 conference.