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Announcement of the XIII International Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology

Parque Katalapi January 21-24, 2018


Full Colloquium program available now. Download here


The XII International Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will be held at Katalapi Park on January 21-24, 2018. This meeting consists of full and short lectures, and short communications. Invited lecturers are Jaume Flexas (U. de les Illes Balears), Rafael Coopman (U. Austral de Chile), Frida Piper (CIEP), Marilyn Ball (Australian National U.), Bruce Osborne (U. College Dublin), Alex Fajardo (CIEP), Mark Olson (U Nacional Autónoma México), Alfredo Saldaña (U. de Concepcion), Gerhard Zotz (University of Oldenburg, Nicolás Franck (U. Chile), Rafael Rubilar (UDEC, Chile), Michael Battaglia (CSIRO, Australia), Luisa Bascuñan (U. de Concepción, Chile), and Don White (Murdoch University). The Colloquium will begin on January 21 at 19h with the lecture by Dr Christian Körner- Then, the traditional “Cata en Kata” will serve as a mixer for all participants. On the following days there will be an intense program of full and short lectures, short communications, and discussions. Those that wish to submit short communications (10 min oral presentation+ 5 discussions) must send the titles of their presentations before December 10, 2017. For more information visit the Parque Katalapi web page ( ) or write to


General Program

General Information to participate

Instructions how to reach Katalapi


Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart died on July 14, 2017

Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart at Katalapi Park, 2017

Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart, born in Madison Wisconsin in 1972died in Santiago on July 14, 2017 after a long fight against her disease. Her funeral services were held in Santiago on July 15. Her remains were cremated and deposited in Parque Katalapi, near Puerto Montt, Chile.

Elisa was a journalist and territorial planner and expert in private lands conservation. She wrote books for children, scientific articles, and organized environmental education courses at Parque Katalapi. She co-founded Parque Katalapi, institution dedicated to scientific research, environmental education and conservation. In addition, she founded Así Conserva Chile, an NGO dedicated to private land conservation.

Kristine Tompkins wrote a note published in La Tercera describes Elisa: “We received the sad news that today (Friday 14), Elisa Corcuera, a great champion for the protection of biodiversity of Chile has died. Still young, Elisa, through Parque Katalapi, , a conservation initiative created by her family, and  Asi Conserva Chile, organization that she help to found and strengthen, worked locally regionally and national levels, to help Chileans to protect the lands that are the backbone of the beauty of the country.  Her extraordinarily beautiful personality crossed all political, social and cultural frontiers and united people towards a common objective. In Tompkins Conservation hope that Elisa be remembered by her great work capacity, her great work and heart and her love for beauty, a clean and healthy future for all Chileans.  To recognize her work, we Will place a recognition plate in Parque Pumalín, to remind all visitors that there was a woman that lived her life with a great committed to beauty and biodiversity”.

Her optimism, creativity, and perseverance were decisive in the consolidation of Parque Katalapi and Así Conserva Chile and in the territorial planning of Cochamo Valley.  Her relatives, numerous friends, and colleagues will never forget her friendly look and smile full of joy, that together with a bright mind were an irresistibly force that made people to join her cause and love for nature. This provided her with a legion of friends and coworkers around the world. She loved them all from the bottom of her heart.


New International graduate course on Evolutionary Plant Ecophysiology will be offered in Katalapi Park, Chile on January 15-21, 2018

Application date extended until November 23 , 2017. The course includes training for using LI6800 and LI.6400XT by LI-COR specialists


The traditional graduate course on Plant Ecophysiology offered every Summer at Parque Katalapi, Región de Los Lagos, Chile, will be centered on the evolution of functional aspects in plants. On January 15-21. 2018, topics related with evolutionary ecophysiology of terrestrial plants will be presented and discussed: substrates anchorage, evolution of photoprotective mechanisms, leaves evolution, evolution of stomata regulation, and evolution of tolerance to diverse types of stress. The course is organized by Professors Jaume Flexas (Universidad de las Islas Baleares, España), Lohengrin Cavieres (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Rafael Coopman (U. Austral de Chile), and Frida Piper (CIEP, Chile). In addition, the following invited scientists will participate in the course: Professors Marilyn Ball (Australian National University), Christian Körner (U. of Basel), Bruce Osborne (U. College Dublin), Alejandra Zuñiga (U. Austral de Chile), Angela Sierra (U. de Concepción), León A. Bravo (U.  de La Frontera), Beatriz Fernandez – Marin (U. del País Vasco), Jose Ignacio Garcia Plazaola (U. del País Vasco), and Susana Paula (U. Austral de Chile). This is an official course of the Graduate School of Universidad de Concepción. For this reason, students that get a passing grade could obtain a certificate from that university. This is a 5 credits course. The program includes lectures, field activities, seminars, and the formulation of a research project. The official language of the course is English for Professors and students. The registration cost is $210.000 Chilean pesos (1 US dollar is about 660 Chilean pesos) for students and $390.000 Chilean pesos for professionals.

Applicants must send the application form and Curriculum vitae to Carolina Hernández  ( before November 23, 2017.

Application form

Application instructions




Adult Training Courses Dates for 2017


Facilitators Environmental Education Outdoors (EAAL): Download the Registration Form


March 30th to April 1st


EAAL Facilitators


September 7th to 9th


Bioacoustics of Birds


October 5th to 7th


Flora of Chile for Everyone


October 12 to 14th


Indoor and Outdoor Nature Workshop


October 19 to 21th

Indoor and Outdoor Nature Workshop


February 15 to 17, 2018



Limited spaces: Register early to ensure your participation

"Training of Environmental Education Facilitators in the Open Air" and "Nature Interior and Exterior", are courses for adults with interests in group facilitation, pedagogy, or environmental education in any form. The courses "Bird Bioacustics" and "Chilean Flora for All" offer information and techniques from their respective disciplines, at an adult level audience without previous specialization requirements. All courses last three days / two nights and are priced at ChP$ 135,000 for regular enrollment and $ 115,000 for early enrollment, registration, lodging and meals. Language of courses is SPANISH. Spots often are full months in advance. Register early to ensure your participation.


"We Like the Challenge" Blind and Low Vision Visitors Conclude, After Day in the Forest

Blind Association of Osorno, Chile, visiting Katalapi Park

At the end of November 2016, Osorno´s Association of the Blind (ACICH Osorno) visited Katalapi Park for a day of trail walking through the rainforest and getting to know its species. The "Path of the Blind” design at Katalapi Park  does not seem particularly simple. The differences are in details such as having carefully cleared the protruding roots, trimming branches at the level of the face, or marking the trail crossings and changes of direction with clarity. Dangers are controlled, not necessarily made very easy. The trail has stretches that are not "easy" for a blind or partially blind person.

"We probably would not be bringing groups of the blind into the forest, if it had not been for Coral Romero," says Ana Maria Vliegenthart, owner of Katalapi Park. "Coral did her final student project with us 6 years ago, when she designed, implemented and validated a Path of Good Access for her thesis as an Ecotourism Administrator." At that time we invited the Association of the Blind ACICH-Osorno to test and validate the program. Recently, the same group has returned to Katalapi Park, including many visitors who had been the same on the trail 6 years ago, now with more friends and family, this time as tourists and again under the guidance of Coral. "Just like the first time , this visit was wonderful," says Coral, organizer and day guide. "We saw them touched by simple things, and that excited us. Some had not been in the wild in years or decades. Others had never been in nature. They remembered or were astonished at the softness of the moss and the leaves, the noise of the stream left them in what seemed like a trance of listening. They touched leaves and trees seemingly forever, patiently getting to know the vegetation, by touch, smell. They expressed deep joy at getting to know flora intimately, that they had previously only known in sayings, such as a "bush of flowered arrayán". On the level of difficulty, they assessed that the trail was not easy, "....but we like a bit of difficulty, it makes it more entertaining", they added.

This time, the 31 attendees, in addition to walking the trail and getting acquainted with many species, also made oils and poultices based on native medicinal species and practiced among them techniques for massage and application. Like the first time, they expressed a deeper emotion than most. For whatever reason, at the end of the day, many of the participants repeated "we are nature", many times, which much emotion. 

Watch video of the first visit of a group of blinds to Katalapi