The 2017 Barcelona Conference is rapidly drifting into the past and preparations have begun for what promises to be another outstanding event, this time at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, during 9-13 June 2018. I want to thank the Pau Costa Foundation for the organisational efforts that ensured the 2017 event ran smoothly. Particular thanks are due to Núria Prat-Guitart who worked tirelessy, ably assisted by Anna Fàbrega and the rest of their team of local hosts. In China there will once again be a terrific line-up of interesting speakers and some great opportunities for social interaction among like minded researchers. I recommend that you start planning now and make a commitment to participate, catching up with old acquaintances or expanding your research network. Those of you who joined me and most of the RMA Board in Barcelona can attest to the enjoyment experienced during these meetings with their relaxed, friendly, and collegiate atmosphere in locations amidst magnificently diverse natural environments. Students, early career researchers, and those with substantial experience and achievement, intermingle in an unpretentious manner which is why many of us have kept coming back each year. I sincerely hope that you will join me at our next meeting and look forward to seeing you in Guangzhou in 2018.
The Resource Modeling Association was established over a quarter of a century ago and is unique among scientific societies because it brings together scientists and mathematicians from a diverse range of disciplines with a common interest in studying natural resources from a sustainable-use perspective. The natural resources of our planet are under incredible pressure to supply burgeoning human needs and this will only continue to increase. Challenges are ever-present to ensure that resource use remains sustainable and that vital ecosystem services critical for our well-being, species biodiversity essential for the well-being of the global ecosystem, and ecosystem resilience to perturbation are conserved as far as practicable through responsible action. Such action must be informed and it is here that the integration of the quantitative and biological sciences can play a determining role.
Half a year has passed since we held our 20th annual meeting in Bordeaux, France where participants were treated to a superb and diverse range of presentations about the practical application of modeling to real world problems within a convivial collegiate atmosphere of friendly exchange of ideas and opinions. Preparations are now well advanced for our next meeting in June 2016.
I encourage you to consider joining with like-minded people and becoming a member of the RMA to assist you to grow your own professional network and participate in being part of the solution to the global challenge of natural resource management.
Professor Roland H. Lamberson
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521