Survey of AFEC-X 2012 students

Hellooo everyone, how are you guys doing !

Seven 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 2012 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
1. 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
2. Please choose the one best describe your current work*【Multiple】
Government office
University (including Research Insitute belong to University)
Research Institute not belong to a university
others (please specify)
3. 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
Name of your affiliation
Website of your affiliation
Website of your affiliation
Your position
Your position
Your working/research area
Your working/research area
Your common email address
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?*
A little bit
Very important
Not at all
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)
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)
Lectures and practices
Field trip
Group project
Course symposium
Participants meeting with prospective supervisors from XTBG
7. What components do you recommend to add to the current course structure, why?
Recommended components
8. What do you suggest to remove from the current course structure, why?*【Multiple】
Lectures and practices (why romove)
Field trip (why romove)
Group project (why romove)
Course symposium (why romove)
All good, no need to remove
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)
Self Introductions
XTBG Garden Tour
Dai food in Village
BBQ in Menglun town
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)
The Biodiversity crisis in Asia by Ferry Slik
Botany workshop by Ferry Slik
R and Statistics workshop by Rhett Harrison, Eben Goodale
Plant physiology by Uromi Goodale
Plant functional traits by Uromi Goodale
Soil ecology by Doug Schaefer
Soil microbiology by Shi Lingling
Plant physiology / functional traits practical by Uromi Goodale
Soil ecology practical by Doug Schaefer
Role of Botanical Gardens by Chen Jin
Forest bird ecology by Eben Goodale
Carbon cycles by Doug Schaefer
Forest bird practical by Eben Goodale
Seed dispersal by Chen Jin
Entomology workshop by Rhett Harrison
Plant growth-survival trade-offs by Kaoru Kitajima
Plant growth-survival trade-offs_practical by Kaoru Kitajima
The ecology and biogeography of Tropical East Asia by Richard Corlett
Climate change in the tropics by Richard Corlett
Climate change practical by Richard Corlett
Insect meta-genomics by Doug Yu
Genomics and ecology by Yann Surget-Groba
Conservation work of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden (KFBG) by Bosco Chan
Janzen-Connell hypothesis and spatial patterns by Kaoru Kitajima
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
12. 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.*
13. Have you presented your group project in other conferences, workshops, etc. after the course?*【Multiple】
Yes (Oral presentation)
Yes (Poster presentation)
15. Have your group project published in a journal?*
17. Did you recommend this course to your officemates, friends etc.*【Multiple】
Yes (by emails)
Yes (oral recommendation)
Yes (post information on blogs, etc.)
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】
1-5 times
6-10 times
> 10 times
20. Have you received any kind of help from your AFEC-X fellows after the course?*【Multiple】
Yes (academic related)
Yes (not related to academic)
21. Have you co-authored scientific publications
after the course with your AFEC-X fellows or instructors?*
Yes, already published
Not yet, but under preparation
23. Are you planning to coolaborate with your AFEC-X fellows or instructors in research?*
Yes, already cooperating
Yes, under preparation
Not yet, but keeping communication
Actions to promote the communication among AFEC-X students and instructors
24. Are you in the AFEC-X group on facebook nor not?*
Not yet (please join)
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)*
选择文件( 不超过4M )
26. Select the academic media account you have and tell us your account.*【Multiple】
Google Scholar
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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