Survey of AFEC-X 2017 students

Hellooo everyone, how are you guys doing !

Two 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 2017 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 
Jingxin Liu





Your basic information
1.
Please find yourself from the list (the affiliation is when your attended AFEC-X)
if there are incorrect information, please email liujingxin@msn.com
if you notice someone is missing from the list, please also email liujingxin@msn.com
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2.
Please choose the one best describe your current work* 【Multiple】
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3.
About your current career (or the career you will take soon)
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affiliation, position, working area, etc.)

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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
4.
In general, how important the AFEC-X experience was to your career development?*
5.
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)
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0
10
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
6.
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)
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0
10
Lectures and practices
Field trip
Students' own work presentation
Group project
Course symposium
7.
What components do you recommend to add to the current course structure, why?
Recommended components
Reason
8.
What do you suggest to remove from the current course structure, why?* 【Multiple】
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9.
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)
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0
10
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
10.
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)
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0
10
History and development of modern conservation biology by Richard Corlett
The biodiversity crisis in tropical East Asia by Alice Hughes
Conservation science and practice & ecosystem red listing by Alice Hughes
Academic skills_How to find, manage and effectively read a paper by Alice Hughes
Conservation role play by Alice Hughes
Academic skills_Powerpoints and CV skills by Alice Hughes
Academic skills_Powerpoints and CV skills (students improve their own PPTs) by Alice Hughes
Insect ecology and Insect sampling techniques by Akihiro Nakamura
Insect sampling techniques practice by Akihiro Nakamura; etc.
Insect classification in lab by Akihiro Nakamura; etc.
The ecology and biogeography of Tropical East Asia by Richard Corlett
The forest, plantations and major crops of Tropical East Asia by Richard Corlett
The savanna of Tropical East Asia by Kyle Tomlinson
The karst and caves of Tropical East Asia by Alice Hughes
Vegetation survey methods by Mareike Roeder
Vegetation survey_practice by Mareike Roeder
Bird ecology and survey methods by Ming-Xia Zhang
Bat ecology, ID and sampling by Alice Hughes
Bat trapping and acoustic transects by Alice Hughes; etc.
Bat cave visit by Alice Hughes; etc.
Bird watching by Ming-Xia Zhang; etc.
Using fossil to study past climate_lessons from the Miocene by Tao Su
Paleaoecology lab visit by Tao Su; etc.
Tree-ring research in the tropics and subtropics by Ze-Xin Fan
Tree-ring research in the tropics and subtropics practical_lab visit by Ze-Xin Fan; etc.
The application of thermal camera in ecology research by Hua Lin
Thermal camera demonstration by Hua Lin
Introduction to soil ecology by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Interactions between soil abiotic and biotic components by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Interactions between plants and microbes in elemental cycling by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Microbes and plant roots in deep SOM stabilization and decomposition by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Above- and below-ground interactions in ecosystem functions and service by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Interactions between soil minerals and natural soil organic matter by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Dual roles of microbes in soil organic matter stabilization and decomposition by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Soil ecology under global change and land use change by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Challenges of studying ecosystem functions and service of soil ecology by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Perspectives of soil ecology by Wen-Ting Feng/Yan Geng
Uses of drones in ecology and conservation by Jing-Xin Liu
Drone demonstration by Jing-Xin Liu; Yun Deng
Uses of camera traps in ecology and conservation by Ming-Xia Zhang
Plant functional traits by Tristan Charles-Dominique
Plant functional traits practice by Tristan Charles-Dominique
Pollination ecology methods by Tuanjit Sritongchuay
Pollination ecology methods_practice by Tuanjit Sritongchuay
Experimental design and Statistics in R by Kyle Tomlinson; Bonifacio O. Pasion
CTFS plot- how to set it up by Hui Chen
Scientific writing workshop by Richard Corlett
11.
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
Reason
12.
Please select the group project that you did during the AFEC-X.
if your project is not in the list, please email liujingxin@msn.com and tell him.*
13.
Have you presented your group project in other conferences, workshops, etc. after the course?* 【Multiple】
15.
Have your group project published in a journal?*
17.
Did you recommend this course to your officemates, friends etc.* 【Multiple】
18.
Who applied and attended AFEC-X because of your recommendation?*
Communication among AFEC-X fellows and instructors
19.
How many times have you met other AFEC-X students
in conferences or other academic occasions?* 【Multiple】
20.
Have you received any kind of help from your AFEC-X fellows after the course?* 【Multiple】
21.
Have you co-authored scientific publications
after the course with your AFEC-X fellows or instructors?*
23.
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
24.
Are you in the AFEC-X group on facebook nor not?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/AFEC.X*
25.
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)*
26.
Select the academic media account you have and tell us your account.* 【Multiple】
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27.
What do you suggest to improve the communication and cooperation
among AFEC-X participants?*
Other comprehensive long-period course
28.
Could you list other local or international training programs that
as comprehensive as AFEC-X and more than a month long?*
29.
Could you tell what AFEC-X can learn from them?
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