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.
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The Barcelona conference WCNRM 2017 was a great success featuring 110 talks during 3 days delivered by scientists from all around the world providing a very satisfying balance between young and senior researchers.
The central theme of the conference namely “Vulnerability and Resilience of Socio-ecological Systems” as well as the quality and
diversity of keynote speakers including Linda Nøstbakken
(Norway, Resource Economics), Mark Finney (US, Research
Forester), Marc Castellnou (Spain, Research Forester) and Frank van Langevelde (Netherlands, Ecology) have strongly contributed to the attractiveness of the conference. The awarding of both the Rollie Lamberson Medal and the prize of best student presentation during the conference also reinforces this interest of our annual conferences. Bill Reed from the University of Victoria in Canada was also honored as RMA Fellow 2017 by the Resource Modeling Association in recognition to his scientific work in natural resource modeling and for his sustained leadership regarding the resource conservation, management and economics.
The Barcelona conference was also successful in regard to social events. In particular the well-organised gala dinner held on the splendid terrace along the Barcelona port provided a friendly and very pleasant atmosphere strongly enjoyed by all participants . Many attendees had difficulties to leave this wonderful place of the Catalan city.
Key to the success of any conference is the unseen work behind the scenes, with tireless efforts from local scientists, administrative staff and organization. In this respect, Nuria Prat Guitart, Elsa Pastor, Oriol, Mariona and all Spanish colleagues in particular from the Pau Costa Foundation and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya did a great job and deserve warm acknowledgement for their organisation of WCNRM 2017.
Call for nomination to Lamberson Award 2018
The Rollie Lamberson Award celebrates the contribution of Professor Rollie Lamberson to the field of natural resource modeling and the growth of the Resource Modeling Association by recognizing each year the most outstanding paper in natural resource modeling in the previous two years. See http://resourcemodeling.org/lamberson/ or below for more details.
- Only current RMA members are eligible for the award.
- All papers published in Natural Resource Modeling during the previous two calendar years (namely 2016-2017) will be considered automatically provided at least one of the authors is a current member.
- Papers published in other journals may be nominated for consideration provided at least one of the co-authors is a current member. To be considered, the submission must comprise:
- an electronic version of the paper in English,
- a nominating letter specifying why the paper is deserving of the Rollie Lamberson Award. Criteria below.
Send your nominations to <luc.doyen or to RMA contact from the website. The submission for the award 2018 will be closed on February 14, 2018.
The Lamberson prize will be delivered to the winners during the 2018 RMA conference to be held in Guangzhou, China on June 9-13, 2018.