Testimonials

Some words from previous attendees....

Charlotte Jones-Todd

"As a first year PhD student I recall being slightly daunted at the prospect of attending my first ISEC (Montpellier, 2014). In all honesty I felt a little overwhelmed by the thought of meeting some of the most notorious names of statistics. However, everyone I came across could not have been more welcoming, which I found created a fantastic conference atmosphere. The number and quality of many talks were excellent aids in broadening and strengthening my statistical learning. In addition, the conference provided great opportunities to mix with people from many different fields of expertise. Following on from this my second ISEC (Seattle, 2016) was also a hugely valuable experience: no better event to meet or seek collaborators in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere."

Koustubh Sharma

"The International Statistical Ecology Conference is one of the most fascinating congregations that ranges from bright budding scientists to stalwarts whose names we hear and cite all the time. Apart from providing a fascinating platform that bridges the usual gaps and time-lags between the worlds of ecology and statistics, it is a place where one is often able to make the most fruitful collaborations that are mutually beneficial for both the worlds. One such collaboration has already led to us embarking on a major undertaking to improve our understanding of the global population of a rare and endangered species such as the snow leopard. The interactions have also led to a series of collaborative works that we are currently pursuing, and hopefully will be ready to present by the time we meet next in 2018."

 

Enrico Pirotta

"ISEC represents an excellent opportunity to get exposed to cutting-edge research in quantitative ecology happening across the globe. The conference offers a very friendly and constructive forum for ecologists to interact with statisticians, exchange expertise and develop collaborations".

 

Roland Langrock

"My first ISEC, in Krokkleiva in 2012, was a bit of a revelation for me. Never before had I been to a conference as stimulating, atmospheric and friendly. There were so many exciting scientific contributions that I found it very hard to decide between the different parallel sessions pretty much in every single slot. By the end of the week I was full of ideas for new projects and had met dozens of new people, and several of these contacts eventually resulted in research collaborations. Most of all, however, I enjoyed the very friendly, positive and constructive atmosphere in the sessions. It's a very special community,  and ISEC 2012 for me was the event which led me to decide that I want to remain part of this community for years to come. Of course I went on to attend ISEC 2014 in Montpellier and ISEC 2016 in Seattle, and enjoyed both conferences just as much as my first ISEC. For me, going to ISECs now feels a bit like going on holidays with friends, with the added bonus of getting to discuss exciting and fun research in statistical ecology in an extremely stimulating atmosphere."

 

Cecilia Pinto

"I have attended two ISEC conferences, the first one in 2012 and the second one in 2014. ISEC has always been a great place to initiate collaborations and develop ideas for new research, giving me the chance to discuss my data with expert statisticians that have experience in working with ecological data. I always enjoyed the atmosphere of collaboration between ecologists and statisticians and I find it great that there is a space such as ISEC to improve this kind of knowledge sharing which I believe is fundamental for the progress of ecological data analysis."

 

Eiren Jacobson

"As a young researcher without a traditional statistics background, I was apprehensive about attending and presenting at the 2016 ISEC meeting in Seattle.  I was pleasantly surprised by how approachable and helpful everyone was.  I am a quantitative marine ecologist, so it was particularly interesting to hear about exciting new work in terrestrial and freshwater systems, which I wouldn't normally be exposed to.  I received thoughtful questions and feedback on my presentation and even won a student award!  The conference was small enough that it was easy to make new friends; I ended up at someone's house for a BBQ one night and had dinner on a houseboat another.   Overall it was a great experience and I'm looking forward to ISEC 2018!"

 

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