Animal Movement Analysis Summer Course (5 - 10 July 2015)

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Logistic information

Travel Information

Public transportation information for in and around Amsterdam can be found in English at

Course Location

The course takes place in Rooms F2.04 in the F building of the University of Amsterdam faculty of science complex (Science Park 904,1098 XH Amsterdam). A map of Science Park showing Building F, bus stops and the train station is available here sciencepark-map-2015.pdf. Upon arrival at Science Park, you may inquire at the reception desk of the faculty building if you need help finding the lecture room and computer lab, but it is not necessary to check in with the reception. You may go directly to the rooms.


Specific details regarding the hotel where we tentatively reserved twin rooms can be found at hotelcasa400amsterdam. The attached registration form provides details about the room rates, hotel location, and reservation conditions: Casa 400 registration You are responsible for making your reservation directly with the hotel and providing payment. Twin rooms are shared and you may ask the hotel how to coordinate a roommate of your gender. Please note the rooms in Casa 400 are available on a first come-first served basis and will only be availble untill May 22nd.

If needed, we may help you to find cheaper accomodation in one of the more peaceful hostels in Amsterdam (e.g. Shelter City Hostel). You should have indicated whether you want assistance with this while registering for the course.

Those of you who will arrange their own accomodation may like to use services of locals in Amsterdam via AirBnB


In case of any unexpected difficulties, please contact Wouter Vansteelant (tel: +31 6 485 08 359).

In Amsterdam

You can find an incomplete and unsorted list of information about Amsterdam AMS, and in fact we hope the course participants will add to and improve this page :)

Course Preparation

  • Participants unfamiliar with SQL (structured query language), please complete this SQL tutorial to learn the basics. Review at least the following subsections:
    • in SQL Basic complete ‘SQL home’ through ‘SQL order by’
    • do SQL Try It
    • in SQL Advanced complete ‘SQL Alias’ through ‘SQL full joins’ ; also do ‘SQL dates’ and ‘SQL nulls’
    • in SQL functions complete ‘SQL functions’ through ‘SQL having’

General Course Comments

The course reading material and a more detailed course program should be consulted. Please also check out the detailed workshop descriptions for Friday.

The course will take place in a computer classroom, and each participant will have their own PC. A laptop is therefore not needed.

The course program will roughly consist of the following activities:

  • Sunday: Informal meet-up for anyone arriving on Sunday at 18:00 at De Ysbreeker (Weesperzijde 23, Amsterdam) at 18:00
  • Monday: Introduction to the course, introduction to biologging, databases and basic movement statistics
  • Tuesday: Fundamentals of GPS technology, Experimenting with loggers and visualizing GPS data
  • Wednesday: Integrating environmental data with tracking data and performing time budget analysis
  • Wednesday night: Drinks and pizza dinner followed by a special activity
  • Thursday: Home range analysis and utilization distributions
  • Thursday night: Group dinner at De Bazar (Albert Cuypstraat 182, Amsterdam) at 18:00
  • Friday: Using accelerometers for behavioural studies followed by group projects on selected topics (visualizing movement, geolocator data analysis, environmental data annotation, time budget analysis, accelerometer)

On Monday morning, coffee will be waiting for you in Room F2.04 at Science Park at 9:30 and we will start at 10:00. Please be there on time. You will be able to store your luggage in the computer room on Monday and Friday.

Course Instructors

Course Participants

Upon being selected, please create your own profile page by 27 June 2015 (include a picture and a short bio-sketch) and have a look at the profiles of the other people attending the course so we can learn something about each other before meeting.

If you need a template, just take a look at some of the others. To create your page, click on your name in the list below and then go to 'Create Page'. When uploading files (for adding your photo to the profile), click on the 'Add Images' button, go to the “ama2015” folder in the 'Media Files' section on the left side of the window, click on 'Select Files' to navigate to the file, and then hit the 'Upload' button which will add the file to the Media Library. (Don't worry if you see the word 'failed' next to the uploaded image: if you ignore it and continue, it should work anyway.) You should then be able to find your file in the 'ama2015' folder. When you click on the uploaded file in the Media Files window, the Link Settings window will open, allowing you to push the Insert button which will add the file to your profile page. For even more information, read these tips on including a photo, and in case you have no idea how to add/change information in a wiki - check out this explanation of the syntax and try something out safely in the playground.

Alejandra Toledo

Andrius Pasukonis

Birgit Kleinschmidt

Cara Williamson

Cedric Scherer

Celia Grande

Daniele de Angelis

Davide de Rosa

Elham Nourani

Erik Kleyheeg

Filipa Machado

Filippo Marola

Gabriel Norevik

Julie Fluhr

Katherine Snell

Koosje Lamers

Laureline Chaise

Liudmila Osipova

Lykke Pedersen

Lysanne Snijders

Marta Lomas Vega

Maryam Teimouri

Merlin Schaefer

Michele Fasona

Salvatore Bondi

Samantha Franks

Sjoerd Duijns

Steven Bekker

Learning is what you make of it

The items below are meant to facilitate interaction and exchange of ideas between the course participants. Add any new item below that you find useful and add information where appropriate.

  • R-package for analysing Argos data (and other useful stuff): trip
  • R-package for doing fancy plots: ggplot2
  • R-package for analyzing geolocator data: GeoLight
  • R-package for acquiring and manipulating atmospheric data: RNCEP
Please contact Lourens Veen if you have any technical problems with the wiki.