1er Congreso Español de Botánica logo
Tuesday, September, 7, 12:00-14:00 (CET)
Workshop 1. Detecting the genomic regions responsible for local adaptation

Abstract: The aim of the workshop is to offer an overview of a variety of methods for detecting the genes involved in local adaptation, based on Genome-Environment Association Studies (GEAS). The objective of GEAS is to detect allele frequencies with a statistically significant association with environmental gradients. We will also show how the combination of phenotypic and environmental data can increase the power of GEAS to provide lists of the genetic polymorphisms that are potentially involved in the local adaptation to environmental conditions through natural selection. We demonstrate how to perform genome scans from large genomic data sets, adjust significance values for multiple test problems and visualize the results. We will use the R programming language and freely accessible databases, and we supply R code and data to run the analyses. We encourage participants to bring their own computers to run the analyses while they take notes on the Rmarkdown provided.

Speaker: José Luis Blanco Pastor (Universidad de Cádiz).

Tuesday, September, 7, 18:00-19:30 (CET)
Workshop 2. Stages of the scientific career: Personal and professional challenges and future prospects.

Abstract: What is it like to be a botanist today? If I am starting out on a PhD, what are my options in the future? What path should I take if I am interested in a career in academia? Botanists of different ages have clearly different interests and opportunities depending on the generation they belong to. For example, the way to remain in education 30 years ago would have been radically different from how we experience it today. This discussion panel is intended to build bridges between different generations of botanists, share experiences and clear up any doubts that may arise for anyone wanting to embark on this career path. We will bring together botanists of different ages and discuss the options and job opportunities available today, including Ph.D. and post-doctorate studies, management and business.

Organizers: Andrea Sánchez Meseguer (Royal Botanical Garden), Pedro Jiménez Mejías. Broad representation of botanists, in different stages of their career.

Tuesday, September, 7, 15:00-18:00 (CET)
Workshop 3. Botanical monographs in the 21st century: Why and how to start.

Abstract: A taxonomic monograph is a unique contribution to the knowledge of biodiversity. Compiling a monograph, however, is regarded as being laborious and difficult to complete in a relatively short period of time. The resources available to researchers (databases, virtual herbaria, etc.) and the relevant scientific publications have also grown exponentially in recent decades, making it even more difficult to prepare a botanical monograph in the today’s professional environment. In summary, the publication of taxonomic monographs is becoming less frequent. The aim of this workshop is twofold: first, to explore the importance and usefulness of botanical monographs from the taxonomic point of view and for other disciplines; and second, the main objective is to present the process of preparing a monograph from the outset to its publication, using all the resources currently available: fieldwork, herbarium specimens, molecular data, taxonomic and biodiversity databases etc. Special attention will be paid to integrating morphological and molecular data from the beginning until the monograph is published. The idea for this workshop arises from our experience in preparing taxonomic monographs on various genera of vascular plants in Oxford. The ultimate goal of the workshop is for the participants to learn how to prepare and publish a quality taxonomic monograph to serve as the basis for a multitude of subsequent studies on any plant group, all by integrating the currently available resources and in a reasonable period of time.

Speakers: Pablo Muñoz Rodríguez (University of Oxford, United Kingdom).

Tuesday, September, 7, 15:00-18:00 (CET)
Workshop 4. Biodiversity mobile applications: utilities in citizen science and botanical research.

Technological advancement in interactive social platforms and digital devices has opened the opportunity to streamline the data collection process through collaborative citizen science projects. These advances allow scientists, naturalists and citizens to record and exchange biodiversity observations throughout the world, in an efficient and fun way. Given these possibilities, numerous projects are emerging implemented in citizen science platforms that demonstrate the ability to collect data massively, and the great interest shown by many citizens for biodiversity in general and plant biodiversity in particular. To analyse this, we will focus on the management of the iNaturalist citizen science platform, which allows recording observations of any living being anywhere in the world, using a mobile phone. Subsequently, some citizen science initiatives recently carried out with this application will be presented. Among them: the Physcohunt Project —which explores the evolution of bryophytes with the help of samples sent by citizens—, or the “Save the Iberian Flora” and “Save the Macaronesian Flora” projects —which are collecting data of threatened species, in order to update the Red Lists more regularly. We will discuss the possibility of carrying out initiatives to mobilize the population, highlighting the I Spanish Flora Bioblitz, an outreach and citizen science activity carried out in 2021 to promote interest in plant biodiversity in our country. Finally, we will carry out a practical part with the intention of exploring some of the uses, both scientific and didactic, of this platform: how to use machine learning correctly (automatic recognition of species by images), how to create projects, how to create field guides, how to filter data, and, ultimately, how to take advantage of this data yet to be exploited. The workshop will conclude with a round table where the main advantages and disadvantages of these platforms are intended to be exposed and discussed. 

Speakers: Mario Mairal (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Rafael Medina (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Santiago Martín-Bravo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide), Tatiana Villarino (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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