Survey of AFEC-X 2015 students

Hellooo everyone, how are you guys doing !

Four years ago,  you met and stayed together for 6 weeks in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) because of the "Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation, XTBG". That was an unforgettable experience, I hope! And I also hope AFEC-X 2015 was a good start for your career in ecology and conservation sciences because that was why XTBG started this annual international training program.

How time flies! Now AFEC-X has entered its second decade. Its time to look back, to say "Hi" to eveyone, to see what and how are you doing, and to get your opinions to make AFEC-X better in future together.

We prepared 29 questions to talk with you, these question covers "Your current career status", "The usefulness of AFEC-X to you and your suggestions", "Your communication with your AFEC-X fellows and instructors", and "What AFEC-X can learn from other comprehensive long-period course".

Please spend some time on this communication between you and XTBG, and please make sure your answers are from your heart. 

We will remove all of your personal information before doing analysis or share the results.

Yours Sincerely!

Your basic information
Please find yourself from the list (the affiliation is when your attended AFEC-X)
if there are incorrect information, please email
if you notice someone is missing from the list, please also email
Please choose the one best describe your current work 【Multiple】
About your current career (or the career you will take soon)
affiliation, position, working area, etc.)

if you are working for more organization, please just fill in the major one.
Name of your affiliation
Website of your affiliation
Your position
Your working/research area
Your common email address
The usefulness of AFEC-X to you and your suggestions
In general, how important the AFEC-X experience was to your career development?
Please score each of the potential benefits you got from AFEC-X
(The higher the score, the more benefits you got)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
Gained basic knowledge of the field
Broadened my horizon
Laid foundation for my future work
A publication of the group project
Fostered collaboration with other participants/instrctors
Enrolled as a student or Post Doc of one of the instructors
Promoted confidence in doing research
Please score the components of AFEC-X
according to the usefulness to your career after the course
(The higher the score, the more useful for you)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
Lectures and practices
Field trip
Students' own work presentation
Group project
Course symposium
What components do you recommend to add to the current course structure, why?
Recommended components
What do you suggest to remove from the current course structure, why? 【Multiple】
Please score the social activities of AFEC-X
(The higher the score, the stronger you liked it)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
Self Introductions
XTBG Garden Tour
Visit local market and get familiar with the town
Dai food in Village
Intercultural gift exchanges
BBQ in Menglun town
Farewell Dinner party
Concerning the “lectures and practices”, please score the topics
according to the usefulness for you.
(The higher the score, the more useful was it for you)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
History and development of modern conservation biology by Corlett, Richard
Species distribution modelling Workshop by Hughes, Alice
Conservation role play by Hughes, Alice; Wang, Xi-Min
Invasive species and novel ecosystems by Corlett, Richard
Invasive plants_practical by Corlett, Richard; Liu, Jing-Xin
Integrative conservation of orchids in XSBN by Gao, Jiang-Yun
Conservation of over-collected medicinal Dendrobium plants by Shao, Shi-Cheng
Orchid lab and limestone forest reintroduction site visit by Gao, Jiang-Yun; Liu, Qiang; Shao, Shi-Cheng; Fan, Xu-Li; Liu, Zhi-Long
Starting your own molecular study: Sampling design and practical considerations by Wee, Alison
Molecular tools for ecological studies by Wee, Alison; Chu, Ying-Ying
DNA Extraction and PCR: theory and application by Wee, Alison
DNA extraction and PCR_practical by Wee, Alison
Camera traps in conservation by Corlett, Richard
Set up camera traps within XTBG by Liu, Jing-Xin; Huang, Guo-Hua-Ling
Conservation drones and smartphone apps for ecology and conservation by Liu, Jing-Xin
Drone demonstration by Liu, Jing-Xin
Smartphone apps by Liu, Jing-Xin
Conservation drones literature review by Liu, Jing-Xin
Smartphone apps literature review by Liu, Jing-Xin
The physics of climate change by Corlett, Richard
Introduction to the IPCC and the AR5 reports by Corlett, Richard
What do the IPCC reports predict for your region? by Corlett, Richard
Climate change politics: the road to Paris and COP21 by Corlett, Richard
The impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems & people by Corlett, Richard
What impacts are predicted for your region? by Corlett, Richard
The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by Corlett, Richard
Insect ID and survey by Nakamura, Akihiro
Insect classification practical by Nakamura, Akihiro
R and Statistics and Experimental design workshop by Tomlinson, Kyle; Hu, Yue-Hua; Xia, Shang-Wen; Liu, Jing-Xin
Plant skills: field identification, collection, internet resources by Cicuzza, Daniele; PNakamura, Akihiro; Bo; Liu, Jing-Xin; Gu, Bo-Jian
Bird ecology by Dayananda, Salindra
Bird watching and bird survey methods by Dayananda, Salindra
Bird data analysis by Dayananda, Salindra
Bat ecology by Hughes, Alice
Bat survey methods: set up net, sound recorder explanation by Hughes, Alice
Experimental design by Tomlinson, Kyle
Writing skills, powerpoints skills, CV preparation skills by Corlett, Richard; Hughes, Alice
What topic(s)/techniques/methods do you suggest to be included in the future AFEC-X? Why?
(if you have more suggestions, please list them from most important to least important)
Recommended topics
Please select the group project that you did during the AFEC-X.
if your project is not in the list, please email and tell him.
Have you presented your group project in other conferences, workshops, etc. after the course? 【Multiple】
Have your group project published in a journal?
Did you recommend this course to your officemates, friends etc. 【Multiple】
Who applied and attended AFEC-X because of your recommendation?
Communication among AFEC-X fellows and instructors
How many times have you met other AFEC-X students
in conferences or other academic occasions? 【Multiple】
Have you received any kind of help from your AFEC-X fellows after the course? 【Multiple】
Have you co-authored scientific publications
after the course with your AFEC-X fellows or instructors?
Are you planning to coolaborate with your AFEC-X fellows or instructors in research?
Actions to promote the communication among AFEC-X students and instructors
Are you in the AFEC-X group on facebook nor not?
We are planning an AFEC-X alumni webpage to enhance the communication and cooperation among AFEC-X participants, please upload a word or PDF version of your newest CV here.
(file size should not be larger than 4Mb)
Select the academic media account you have and tell us your account. 【Multiple】
What do you suggest to improve the communication and cooperation
among AFEC-X participants?
Other comprehensive long-period course
Could you list other local or international training programs that
as comprehensive as AFEC-X and more than a month long?
Could you tell what AFEC-X can learn from them?