From all comments received by the LTER Network Office, this year's meeting in Estes Park was a complete success!
The 2015 LTER All Scientists Meeting was held from August 30 through the evening of September 2. The Conference was organized around the theme: " From Long-Term Data to Understanding: Toward a Predictive Ecology". Almost 600 people attended the meeting. There were over 300 poster presentations and more than 75 formal and ad-hoc working group meetings.
Drs. James Olds, Diana Wall, Knute Nadelhoffer, Ned Gardener and Christine O'Connell provided excellent plenary presentations to highlight the meeting. Chloe Wardropper (NTL) won 1st place in the student poster competition with Alexandra Conway (BNZ), Shinjini Goswami (HBR), Hafsah Nahrawi (GCE) and Bonnie McGill (KBS) winning runner-up awards.
Meeting attendees, perhaps without realizing it created the content of the meeting itself, by entering their poster abstracts, organizing and entering their working group information and even uploading pictures of their experiences at the meeting. Peruse the meeting links at the top of the page for what happened here in 2015.
The 2015 ASM was held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, The location was selected by the LTER Science Council based on a survey of previous participants that showed a majority favoring a return to Estes Park. Selection of meeting dates was also influenced by preferences expressed in the survey and to reduce conflicts with major holidays and other meetings.
Although the 2015 meeting was one day shorter than the 2012 meeting, it was designed to efficiently use the time without reducing meeting content, particularly allowing time for the many working groups and related meetings that lead to future LTER research activities, publications, databases, and other products. Even with significantly reduced funding for the 2015 meeting compared to years past, The meeting was well attended and a lot of work was done, future collaborations organized, and friends made.