It took them a bit longer than anticipated because of the tough decisions they had to make (3 times as many applicants as time slots), but I finally got the good news that I am welcome to present my research at the Neobiota-conference (on “new life forms” or non-native species) in Luxembourg this autumn!
This adds a second international conference presentation to my 2016, after the time slot I was already granted at the conference of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Florida in the beginning of August.
But I feel that now, more than ever, these contacts with the scientific community are needed. I have the first major outcomes from our projects to communicate (and the more scientists I can share them with, the better), but I also hope to pave the way for new collaborations (and strengthen ongoing ones). With these two conferences, I hope I can find the people and enthusiasm for our plans for the future.