Conference Workshops


    There are seven pre and post conference workshops which will be taking place for SCB Asia 2014. All the workshops will be conducted in the University of Nottingham Campus in Semenyih, Kajang, Malaysia ( unless stated otherwise below. Participants will be charged a nominal fee for some of the workshops. Single Room accommodation is available in campus at RM30 per night. Please contact Ms.Carol at latest by 30th July to make arrangements for in campus accommodation. In your email please state your arrival date, time and which workshops you will be attending to ease arrangements.

    Transportation from the campus to Melaka and from Melaka to campus will be provided for the participants possibly at a nominal fee which will be confirmed later. Bus schedules will be announced closer to the conference dates. The UNMC campus has a food court serving variety of food at an affordable rate. The campus also provides free shuttle service to Kajang Town and to the Kajang KTM Station. The Komuter Train from the Kajang KTM Station will take you to various locations in the capital city Kuala Lumpur.

    Kindly please register for the workshops together with your conference registration. Payment for the workshops is to be made together with the registration fee via  Participants are to contact the workshop organizers directly to find out more details pertaining to the workshops. Any cancellation of registration should be informed to the organizers at least 1 month in advance (By 19/7/2014)


    Enabling conditions towards effective Marine Protected Areas for marine mammals in Asia

    Organizers: The Southeast Asian Marine Mammal (SEAMAMM)

    Putu Liza Mustika (, Ellen Hines (, Donna Kwan (, Louisa Ponnampalam (, Jo Marie Acebes (, Fairul Izmal (, Lindsay Porter (, Phil Dearden (,

    ‘Marine Protected Area’ (MPA) has been a hot term since the late 1990s. Managing a multi-use MPA is about managing a piece of land/water so that it can still supply us and the next generation with many values; be it economical, physical, emotional and even cultural-spiritual. However, an MPA is not the only means though towards sustainable use of natural resources. An MPA initiative should be paired up with several additional initiatives to make it more effective. An MPA initiative can be more complex when applied to migratory mega fauna (e.g., whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, sunfish and the tunas) which travel a vast distance from one habitat to another. Theoretically, an MPA can be declared to cover the entire ocean basin or the entire coast of a country.

    Some countries in Asia (particularly in the Coral Triangle region) have displayed eagerness in having as many MPAs as possible in their jurisdictions. If an MPA is to be made in a marine mammal habitat to protect those animals, a check list of enabling conditions must be formulated to assist the country in question in designing the MPA effectively for the benefit of the animals and the people.

    This workshop is designed to obtain more information and input on enabling conditions to create effective marine mammal MPAs in Asia. The expected output is a checklist of enabling conditions, e.g. by adopting the above suggested check list or by expanding/modifying it to suit the needs of Asian countries.

    Who should attend Conservationists, practitioners, scientists working on working on marine mammals, particularly in Asia
    No. of participants 40 pax
    Duration 2 Days (17-18/8/2014)
    Venue University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    Cost Workshop is currently full


    Identifying research needs and action planning and for threatened Galliformes in Asia


    Dr Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International, Singapore (stephen.browne@fauna-

    Dr Tommaso Savini, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand (

    Asia is the world’s richest area for Galliformes and is of international importance for their conservation.  Many of Asia’s pheasants and partridges are threatened with extinction and in many cases urgent and coordinated conservation action is required.  This is however frequently hampered by a lack or scarcity of basic ecological knowledge to inform conservation action planning.  This proposed workshop, under the auspices of the IUCN SSC Galliformes Specialist Group, will bring together various conservation and research organisations and will enable conservationists and researchers to identify research needs and start action planning for Asia’s Galliformes.  Over the last four decades international action planning and global collaboration has been prominent amongst galliform conservationists, with a series of international meetings acting as a focus for work on this important group of birds.

    Who should attend Conservationists, practitioners, scientists working on galliformes
    No. of participants 20 pax
    Duration Half Day-a.m (23/8/2014)
    Venue Equatorial Hotel, Melaka
    Cost Workshop is currently full


    Fundamentals of GIS for ecology, and Species distribution modelling


    Alice C. Hughes: Assistant Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic

    Gardens, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

    GIS skills are essential to modern day ecologists. No matter what their specialism ecologists have had to acknowledge that species, and ecological phenomena occur in the real world, and that the relationships exist between environmental factors and other species can only be properly understood by acknowledging the spatial relationships and therefore by using GIS techniques.

    Species distribution modeling techniques also represent powerful and popular tools to extrapolate from the known records of a species distribution to predict the potential distribution of a species under various conditions, and better understand factors underlying these distributions.

    From this we move to the complex world of spatial statistics, which realistically are the only appropriate form of analysis for almost any study with a strong field based component.

    This workshop sets to:

    1. Train students in fundamental GIS tools and techniques using a number of different available software programs;
    2. Teach students how to design and implement studies that utilize GIS techniques, and avoid potentially confounding biases;
    3. Discuss the use of predictive modeling techniques to spatially project species distributions, using various approaches.
    4. Use predictive approaches to project species distributions under changing conditions and:
    5. Use various approaches and spatial statistics to interpret and analyse the results.


    During each part of the workshop students will be asked to reflect on how the approaches can directly be used in their own studies, and the final ½ day of the workshop will be available for students to start working with their own data or designing their own studies (with support) so they have something they can continue to work on following the workshop.

    All students will receive a digital booklet compiled for the course that provides explanations for all tasks, background theoretical material and suggested further reading.Students are also encouraged to bring their own data-sets as there will be the opportunity to start developing their own research using the techniques covered (and any others of interest) in the final afternoon of the workshop. By the end of the workshops all participants should have the skills to develop and competently use GIS and species distribution modelling techniques in their own research.

    Who should attend Conservationists, practitioners, scientists, students
    No. of participants 35 pax
    Duration 4 Days (14-17/8/2014)
    Venue University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    Cost Workshop is currently full


    Habitat Remote Sensing for Conservation

    Organizer: Dr. Tuong -Thuy Vu ( University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

    This workshop will introduce the basic principles of remote sensing technology and its application to conservation. After the workshop, participants are expected to understand the way remote sensing images are captured and be able to derive the habitat map from remote sensing using open-source tools.

    Requirements: No prerequisite, but some basic handling with GIS data earlier would be helpful. Each participant is recommended to have a personal laptop. Please contact the organiser if you do not have one. The participants attending the GIS workshop is also encouraged to attend this workshop to enhance skills in using Remote Sensing for conservation applications.


    Pre-workshop: installation Monteverdi software (


    • 9:00-10:30: Principles of remote sensing (lecture)
    • 10:30-10:45: Break
    • 10:45-11:15: Applications via case studies & discussion (group discussion)
    • 11:15-12:45: Remote sensing image: data structures, image enhancement and classification (lecture)
    • 12:45-14:00: Lunch
    • 14:00-15:30: Basic handling image data (lab)
    • 15:30-15:45: Break
    • 15:45-17:30: Image Classification (lab)
    • 17:30-18:00: Your classified images and Beyond (group discussion)


    Who should attend Conservationists, practitioners, scientists, students
    No. of participants 35 pax
    Duration 1 Day (18/8/2014)
    Venue University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    Cost Workshop is currently full


    How to get a DNA barcode and what to do with it


    Dr. John James Wilson, University of  Malaya(;

    Prof. Siti Azizah M. Nor, Universiti Sains Malaysia(;

    Dr. Noor Adelyna  Mohammed Akib,Universiti Sains Malaysia (

    Over the past 50 years, Southeast Asia has suffered the greatest losses of biodiversity of any tropical region in the world. This is a hyper-diverse region with a particularly acute taxonomic impediment. DNA barcoding, the use of short standardized DNA sequences for species identification and discovery, offers great promise as a solution to overcome the challenges of biodiversity monitoring and documenting the incredible diversity of the region before it is potentially lost forever. However, to put things in perspective, there are 4173 DNA barcode records on the Barcode of Life Database ( from Malaysia compared to 623870 from temperate, and comparatively species-depauperate, Canada. Yet, interest and capacity for DNA barcoding is slowly growing in the region. Particularly among the younger generation who can connect with the simple analogy and the need for new approaches to the taxonomic challenges we face. There was a large delegate from Southeast Asia at the 5th International Barcode of Life meeting in Kunming, China (November 2013), and two recent workshops on DNA barcoding, at University of Malaya (October 2013) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (February 2014), both received overwhelming responses.

    This workshop would provide opportunity for researchers new to molecular techniques to learn how generate DNA barcodes, to edit and analyze their barcodes, and avoid some of the common pitfalls of new users.

    The first part of the workshop would cover the basic molecular methods required to generate a DNA barcode >sample preparation>DNA extraction>PCR>DNA sequencing. This will be covered through lecture, videos and demonstration. The second part would cover the steps needed to be taken after sequences are returned from the sequencer.

    1. Sequence editing
    2. Sequence alignment
    3. Upload of sequence to BOLD
    4. Submission of sequence to Genbank
    5. Identification of the sequence
    6. Biodiversity assessment using a group of sequences


    This would be hands on section and the participants are required to bring own laptops.

    Who should attend Conservationists, practitioners, scientists, students
    No. of participants 30 pax
    Duration 1 Day (18/8/2014)
    Venue University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    Cost Workshop is currently full


    Wildlife Study Design & Data Analysis


    Mike Meredith, Science Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia

    Ngumbang Junat

    This workshop will cover the following:

    • What is statistics all about? – The nature of statistical inference.
    • The concept of "sampling error", and how to quantify it as standard error or confidence interval.
    • The use of R statistical software for basic analysis.

    Then it will move on to Information Theoretic (IT) methods developed in the last few decades, which currently dominate ecology: the software packages PRESENCE, DISTANCE, 'secr' and MARK all make use of IT methods.

    • The concept of "likelihood", and maximum likelihood estimation of parameters.
    • Ecological models: turning hypotheses into mathematical equations which predict the observations we should get.
    • Using AIC (Akaike's Information Criterion) to compare models and to choose the most useful.

    A lot of information is available on designing experiments (in particular on power and sample sizes), but in wildlife biology we rarely have the chance to experiment. Designing good observational studies is more complicated.

    • Refining the research question: point estimate, relationship or trend.
    • Sampling: avoiding bias and pseudo replication; sampling strategies; temporal and spatial sampling.
    • Pilot studies and simulations to refine study design.
    • Data management

    The workshop will also provide a "taster" of Bayesian methods, which are becoming important tools in the ecological toolkit, thanks to the power of modern computers and clever software packages.

    • The meaning of "probability" in the Bayesian world.
    • Combining prior information with the results of our study: pros and cons.
    • A Bayesian alternative to a t-test, run in R, and an overview of methods used by Bayesian software.
    • Using the output of a Bayesian analysis as the basis for decision making: we'll look at decisions on hunting Beluga whales as an example.

    Once all this background has been covered, participants will get on to specific wildlife variables:

    1. occupancy from "presence/absence" data,
    2. density from spatially explicit mark-recapture (SECR) data,
    3. survival and other demographic parameters from mark-recapture data.

    For each of these, simple analyses in R will be run for simulated data and for a real data set, talk about study design options, review some of the more advanced analyses available. The final day will be devoted to topics requested by participants, e.g., review of key basic topics, more on advanced analyses, using the packages PRESENCE or MARK, or discussion of participants' own projects.

    For more information on the workshop details please visit

    Who should attend Science graduates who are involved in field work in conservation or wildlife management, or who use the results of such field work. No previous knowledge of statistics is needed.
    No. of participants 20 pax
    Duration 11 Days (24/8/2014 -3/9/2014), Rest day 29/8/2014
    Venue University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    Cost Workshop is currently full


    Post-Genomics & Bio-Informatics for Conservation


    Prof. Sean T.May (University of Nottingham UK,

    Dr.Marcos Castellanos (Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre (NASC),

    This workshop aims to introduce participants to various leading edge technologies and techniques in molecular biology and bioinformatics and to provide real research examples, allowing students to practise skills gain during the course practical sessions. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to identify on-line resource for genomics and transcriptomics in a wide variety of species. You will be able to

    • Take short DNA sequences and identify both perfect and homologous matches in external databases.
    • Use these matches to identify online data about transcription profiling of these genes and related genes.
    • Use public-domain transcript profiling software to investigate the putative functions of differentially expressed genes.


    Find out more at

    Data for the workshop can be downloaded at

    Who should attend Conservationists, practitioners, scientists, students
    No. of participants 25-35 pax
    Duration 2.5 Days (23-25/9/2014)
    Venue University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    Cost USD 35 per pax