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JANUARY 16-19, 2015.

The full program is now available (download here)

 As in previous years, the X International Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will take place in Katalapi Park, Puerto Montt, Chile, from january 16.19, 2015. The great success of this even has made possible its development, gathering every year more Chilean and international participants. The Colloquium consists on a series of plenary lectures delivered by well known ecophysiolosts and a series of shorter presentations, as well a round table discussions on various topics of interest.Among those that have confirmed its participation are Günter Hoch (Suiza), Marilyn Ball (Australia), Bruce Osborne (Ireland), Victoria Fernández (Spain), Michael Shane (Australia; PIA-MEC 80140018), Rafael Oliveira (Brasil), Matthew Turnbull (Nueva Zelandia), Jorge Prieto (Argentina) and Rodrigo Guijón (Chile).

The poster of the Colloquium and registration information can be down loaded from links below. Those that wish to receive more information, please write to Dr Luis Corcuera a


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International Graduate course on "Forest Ecophysiology: from cells to ecosystems" will be offered in Katalapi Park from January 8-16, 2015

Application deadline: October 31, 2014


 The international course on “Forest Ecophysiology: from cells to ecosystems” will be offered from January 8.16 at Parque Katalapi, Región de Los Lagos, Chile. The course is organized by Luis J. Corcuera (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Hans Lambers (UWA, Australia), Frida Piper (CIEP) and Aurora Gaxiola (IEB). Among invited lecturers are Juan Armesto (P. Universidad Católica de Chile), Marilyn Ball (Australian National University, Australia), Rafael Coopman (Universidad Austral de Chile), Günter Hoch (University of Basel, Switzerland), Rafael Oliveira (UNICAMP; Brazil), Bruce Osborne (University College Dublin, Ireland), Pablo Guerrero (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Michael Shane (University of Western Australia, PIA-MEC 80140018), Alvaro Gutiérrez (Universidad Austral de Chile), and Matthew Turnbull (University of Canterbury, NZ). The activities of the course include lectures, seminars presented by students and the preparation of a research Project. The language of the course will be English. Those interested in the course must send their Curriculum vitae and the filled application form before October 31 2014. The instruction and forms to apply can be downloaded from the web site ( This is an official graduate level course from Universidad de Concepción. Those students that approve the course may receive a certificate from this institution.


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Meet the Instructors of Katalapi´s Environmental Education Trainer´s-training Workshop

The registration period for the next workshop, to be held September 4-6th, 2014, is already open. As happens every year, participants will have the opportunity to interact and learn from the following renown professionals:

Ana María Vliegenthart: Biology teacher with a Master´s in Environmental Education (U. of Michigan) and another in Curriculum and Intruction (U. of Virginia), Anita is known in the world of Environmental Education for being a brilliant facilitaror with the ability to take complex issues of theory, methodology and practice, and present them in an engaging, simplified and participatory way. She is also known for her work creating practical support resources for educators, including texts such as “El Libro Verde de los Niños”, “Ecolíderes”, and “Atina con los Residuos”, amongst others. Her experience includes working in schools, in the EULA Center of the University of Concepción, and the Universidad de la Frontera, but she is now fully dedicated to Katalapi Park, as its Head of Education.

Rod Walker: Master´s in Environmental Education, Rod is an Englishman who moved to Chile as a Young man and here built an extraordinary career. He was named an Ashoka fellow in 1997, a recognition to his work as a social innovator in environmental education. Founder of the Centro de Educación Ambiental al Aire Libre (CEAL), he hosted experiences in nature with an ethical and spiritual bent that  marked generations of young people from Santiago´s British schools and the Andrés Bello University.  After moving to the south of Chile, he founded  Tocatierra ( He collaborates with Parque Katalapi since 2009.

Ursula Fernández: Biologist and Environmental Educator from Spain, she specializes in the EEPE methodology (Enseñanza de la Ecología en el Patio de la Escuela). She has tought Environmental Education and the  Universidad Austral de Valdivia and Universidad de la Frontera de Temuco. She is a founding member and General Manager of the “La Manzana” Valdivian Responsible Consumer Cooperative , and she has a personal interest in introducing into environmental education the ethical repercussions of our everyday consumer decisions. She collaborates with  Parque Katalapi since 2009.

The course is in Spanish. Some assistance could be provided to English speaking participants.



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Workshop on Epiphytes culminates with research agreement

Alfredo Saldana and Gerhard Zotz

A network of researchers will be formed with international projections

"Between 7 and 8 December the first workshop of epiphytes and climber plants in Chile took place at Katalapi Park. The meeting was attended by 21 participants (including researchers, postdocs and graduate students) from around the UdeC , UACH , ULS and UCT . The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Alfredo Saldaña (UdeC) , and sponsored by the Direccion de Postgrado (UdeC) and Mecesup Project UCO 0708 . In this workshop, we were privileged to have the participation of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Zotz (Carl von Ossietzky Universität , Oldenburg , Germany ), an internationally recognized expert in epiphytes. As a result of the meeting and thanks we shared our knowledge about these functional groups. We decided to join an international network of research collaboration ( Epinet ), which seeks to formulate new research questions in the fields of ecology , ecophysiology, and conservation of these groups, at a more integrative and spatial larger scale. To this end and following the meeting, we began to plan a collaboration strategy that addresses the challenge of responding these questions (eg what environmental factors limit the distribution of epiphytes in temperate ecosystems?). The collaborative network will not only focus on epiphytes , but also climbers, lianas, and parasites , as these life forms share a similar habitat and generally have been little studied . Dr. Saldaña will coordinate the research plan and  network. Interested persons may contact him at "



The IX Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will be held in Katalapi

January 18-20, 2014
The full final program is now available
As usual, the International Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology be held from 18 to 20 January 2014 . This event consists of lectures, panel discussions, short scientific presentations, and social events to facilitate knowledge and discussion among participants. The conference will be highlighted by a number of guest speakers: Hans Lambers (Australia), Michael Shane (Australia), Jaume Flexas (Spain), Dana Bergstrom (Australia), Robert Turgeon (USA), Marilyn Ball (Australia), Rafael Oliveira (Brazil) , Frida Piper (Chile), and Franςois Teste (Australia). The topics of their lectures are in the general program, which can be downloaded from this page. In addition, there will be presentations of short communications, a panel discussion on the development of Plant Ecophysiology in Chile, and numerous instances to allow discussion. Those interested in participating can write directly to the organizer (, sending the title and author of the presentation.

The deadline for submission of work titles is November 30, 2013

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