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ATT: Ecopath with Ecosim Courses

Monday, November 5, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018
Universidade do Algarve - Campus de Gambelas (Faro)

Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) is a free ecosystem modelling software suite widely used in marine ecology. EwE includes three main components: Ecopath – a static, mass-balanced snapshot of the system; Ecosim – a time dynamic simulation module for policy exploration; and Ecospace – a spatial and temporal dynamic module primarily designed for exploring impact and placement of protected areas.

For more information on EwE consult the website.


Limited places

Number of participants for both courses:

Maximum:   20

Minimum:   15



From 07 to 31 May

Acceptance criteria: order of pre-inscription and inscription

After pre-inscription and selection, the candidates will receive the instructions for payment.




Course I: Introduction to food web modelling with Ecopath with Ecosim (3 days) | 05 - 07 NOV 2018

  •  Basic concepts and modelling procedures of aquatic ecosystems using the Ecopath with Ecosim food web modelling approach
  •  Principles behind EwE
  •  Designing, parameterizing and analyzing an ecological model with Ecopath
  •  Introductory concepts of the temporal module Ecosim and the spatial-temporal module Ecospace


Course II: Advanced Ecosim and Ecospace (2 days) | 08 - 09 Nov 2018

  •  Fundamentals of the Ecosim model (e.g.: foraging area)
  •  Driving and fitting models with time series, testing model uncertainty with the Monte Carlo routines and interpreting Ecosim outputs
  •  Theory behind Ecospace and latest additions to the model
  •  Spatial scenarios with Ecospace - creation, parameterization and evaluation
  •  Use of habitats and the manifold of possibilities offered by the new habitat capacity model
  •  Demonstration of the spatial temporal data framework

Detailed information and Programme


Fee and registration

Registration fees Pre-registered - until 31st July

Late registration - after 1st August

Course I: Introduction to food web modeling with Ecopath with Ecosim

(3 days) - 5-7 NOV

350€ 400€

Course II: Advanced Ecosim and Ecospace

(2 days) - 8-9 NOV

300€ 350€
Both Courses - Introduction + Advanced - 5-9 NOV 550€ 600€

Discounts might be applied to students and/or CCMAR members, depending on the success of applications submitted.

Payments with paypal will have an extra cost of 20€ per payment.





Natalia Serpetti is a postdoc researcher associate on ecosystem modelling and benthic ecology at the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, UK.

Jeroen Steenbeek is a classically trained software engineer with over twenty-five years of experience of software development in industrial, commercial and academic settings, based at the Ecopath International Initiative in Barcelona

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