Training and Conferences

Our Next Conference: Nov 2021 Virtually

Every two or three years, we hold a LANDIS-II Conference during which we share our latest research findings and model improvements and we plan for future model developments. Our next Conference will be Nov 3, 5, 10 and 12 (half-days), virtually, hosted by the University of Oregon. Watch here and the User Group for updates!

Future Training and Conferences

We have learned a lot from the pandemic! Regarding training, we've learned that there is more demand out there for LANDIS-II training than we thought - but people were not able to travel for it. We also learned that virtual training was just as effective as in-person, in part because people get to work off of their usual work computer. Additional benefits include lower costs, lower C emissions, and more instructor participation.

As a result, all future training will be virtual. And we will conduct the training twice per year, spring and fall. If you would like to sign up, look for the next announcement in the User Group.

Past Meetings

Madison, WI: 2018 LANDIS Conference and Training

Our last in-person training and conference were held on June 27-29, 2018 in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin.

The conference included presentations on recent updates and future plans for the LANDIS model. Break-out groups discussed Non-forest Vegetation, Validation, and Fire-Climate-Vegetation interactions.

Portland State University, August 5-6, 2017

We held a 2-day training on the Saturday (8/5) and Sunday (8/6) immediately prior to the ESA Meeting in downtown Portland on the campus of Portland State University.

Basic training was taught by LANDIS-II developers Dr. Melissa Lucash, Alec Kretchun and Caren Dymond.

Madison, WI: November 7-8, 2016

We held a 2-day training following the SAF National Convention in Madison, at the Pyle Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The workshop was taught by Brian Miranda, Brian Sturtevant and Caren Dymond.

Portland State University, July 10-11, 2015

We held a 2-day training on the Friday (7/10) and Saturday (7/11) immediately following IALE ( in downtown Portland on the campus of Portland State University.

Basic training was taught by LANDIS-II developers Dr. Melissa Lucash, Brian Miranda, Alec Kretchun and Dr. Robert Scheller. We also held a LANDIS-II lunch (photo at right) and symposium at IALE just prior to the training.

January 2014 Meetings and Training in Madison, Wisconsin

Our meeting was held on January 8-10 in Madison, Wisconsin. The meeting was a great success with many important innovations: a detailed training manual, introductions from all participants, more networking opportunities, and introductions to the three breakout groups.

Meeting Outcomes:

Seed Dispersal Breakout Group (PDF)

Land Use Change Breakout Group (PDF)

Meetings and Training 2012

There was an Organized Symposium (organized by Drs. Gustafson, Sturtevant, Mladenoff, and Scheller) at the 2012 US-IALE meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.

Our meetings in December 2012 in Portland, Oregon and Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil were geared towards training only, although we managed to sneak in some beautiful hikes, dinners, individual meetings, and many opportunities to discuss modeling.

January 2012 Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin

Our 2012 meeting in Madison, WI had over 40 participants from around the world. Agenda: LANDIS-II Meeting Agenda 2012 (PDF)

We conducted moderated discussions around 6 themes: Wet Forests (PDF), Drought (PDF), Soil C&N (PDF), Scaling Up Results (PDF), Ungulates (PDF)

January 2010 Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin

The 2010 Meeting was a big success with over 30 participants from throughout the world. Record amounts of snow in Madison!

We had discussions around the following 5 topics: Dispersal (PDF), Wet Forests (PDF), Climate Change (PDF), Wind Disturbance (PDF), Insects and Ungulates Herbivory (PDF)

October 2007 Meeting at Kemp Station in Wisconsin

This meeting was conducted at the beautiful Kemp Station in northern Wisconsin. We introduced the User Training during this meeting, which was generally successful and became the template for future meetings. We also found time for a field tour of a recent blow-down.

October 2006 Meeting at Madison, Wisconsin

Our first meeting was held at a very crowded conference room at UW-Madison. There was no user training. Instead we focused on teaching attendees how to generate their own extensions. We learned a lot! Namely that we should focus on user training and teaching programming was neither necessary nor desirable.