FAQ

Please find below some frequently asked questions:

What is AniMove?

AniMove is a collective of international researchers with extensive experience in the topics of animal movement analysis, remote sensing and/or conservation. AniMove itself started and still is a two-week intensive training course for studying animal movement in conjunction with environmental parameters derived from remote sensing for conservation application. Over the years AniMove also provided information beyond the AniMove science schools such as other summerschools or activities. See our events page for more details.

Is AniMove making profit?

AniMove is a non-profit training initiative run by volunteers of various organisations such as MPI, JMU, SCBI or BIK-F. Due to the course being offered at public research organizations we are not allowed to make any profit and we also do not intend to make any. Our main goal is to teach animal movement analysis, combine it with remotely sensed environmental information and apply it for ecological and conservation research using open source software.

Who are the members of AniMove?

AniMove has a core group of people who volunteered to organize and teach AniMove on a regular basis. These people are listed here. However, many further colleagues joined us over the years for evening keynotes or lectures for specific topics.

Do you offer scholarships for AniMove?

Unfortunately we cannot offer any scholarships for AniMove. Our fees do only cover our actual expenses and we decided not to increase the fees to offer scholarships. But we support you in finding funds that would allow you to participate in an AniMove science school.

How many applicants do you accept?

We only accept 20 participants. This does allow us a good lecturer-participant ratio and hence a good learning outcome for the attendees.

How often do you offer AniMove?

Due to the fact that AniMove is just a “fun” activity and unpaid, we cannot pause our regular jobs for various AniMoves per year, therefore we decided to have AniMove just once per year.

Where do you offer AniMove?

So far we offered AniMoves in Germany (MPI and BIK-F) and the US (Smithsonian) just due to the fact that colleagues were happy to host us. We are open to run AniMove elsewhere, please approach us in case you want to host an AniMove. But we usually need at least 12 months for needed discussions, agreements etc.

Are there other animal movement courses?

Yes, there are many animal movement training courses offered by other institutions and colleagues. We try to add them all to our events page but in case we missed any, please contact us.

Are there any ways to dicuss my analysis?

Yes, we have an AniMove email list. Please subscribe here and post your questions. Hundreds of animal movement scientists will be happy to help you.

How does the application procedure work?

all submitted applications are reviewed after the application deadline by the AniMove board and scored individually. The top 20 applications are then accepted and the remaining applications added to the waiting list. Usually we receive far more applications than we can host and also have to turn down very good applicants. Hence, please apply again if you haven’t been accepted.

How do you select the applicants?

For all our AniMoves in the past years we received at least 4-5 times more applicants than available places, sometimes even nearly 10 times. The AniMove board is scoring all applications and the top 20 applications are then invited. However, the single scoring is not easy in itself and we already had long discussions about criteria (movement data availability & quality, R skills, background, geographic distribution of applicants, affiliation etc.). We acknowledge that we have to turn down very good applicants but we hope that existing and upcoming resources such as books by AniMove lecturers (spatial data (book.ecosens.org) or movement analysis) will help the whole community to learn and improve the needed skills.

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