The Ecopath Research and Development Consortium is a supporting, cooperative network focused on the research, development and sustainability of the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) approach and software, its information basis, and complementary activities and capabilities. The Consortium is a non-commercial activity that is operated on a not for profit basis. It is the aim of the Consortium to distribute the core software and its source code freely and to practice an open-source software development by peer collaboration and production.
Developments and announcements
The third General Assembly of the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium was held on 7 December 2019, after the 35 Years Ecopath Conference in St Petersburg, Florida.
The Ecopath Research and Development Consortium was established in Vancouver, Canada, in October, 2011.
The Consortium is a global, cooperative network focused on the research, development and sustainability of the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) approach and software, its information basis, and complementary activities and capabilities.
The Consortium is a non-commercial activity that is operated on a not for profit basis.
The objective of the Consortium is to contribute to the sustainability of living resources and ecosystems by developing, applying, teaching, and promoting modelling and analytical tools, with a focus on the EwE modelling approach. The work is done as a cooperative effort between research, technical, and educational entities from around the world.
The Consortium has as its aim to advance the development of EwE, to provide value to the users of the software, and to contribute to research and development of ecosystem-based management with a focus on EwE’s contribution to this.
The Consortium is organized in an Executive Board, Regional Offices, a Technical Committee, a General Assembly, and a series of Working Groups.
The Consortium is governed by an Executive Board and composed of registered Members.
Activities supported by the Consortium include:
Maintain, further develop, and disseminate the EwE software and associated structures
Develop and promote curricula for related training courses
Develop and evaluate professional standards and best practices for EwE modeling
Support research and development activities through working groups and projects
Contributing to the consortium:
Support to the Consortium can be provided by members through (i) assigning personnel to develop new or expand on existing modules for the EwE approach and software and/or to support the Regional Offices, (ii) subscribing to software support or fund specific development, (iii) developing training courses with focus on modelling, application and programming of the EwE approach, (iv) organizing, participating in, and promoting EwE conferences.
The Ecotracer working group focuses on applying and further extending the EwE contaminant tracing module .
Shawn Booth, Joe Buszowski, Rasa Morkūnė, Chiara Piroddi, Jeroen Steenbeek, Kieran Tierney, Will Walters
Policy working group
Chiara Piroddi, Maciej Tomczak
Howard Townsend, Jacob Bentley
Training working group
The training working group organizes EwE courses with institutes or on demand from users, and can perform model Quality Assurance assessments on request.
Francisco (Paco) Arreguin-Sanchez, Villy Christensen, Marta Coll, Didier Gascuel, Sheila Heymans, Steve Mackinson, Kim de Mutsert, Jeroen Steenbeek, Maciej Tomczak, Howard Townsend, Divya Varkey, Manuel Zetina Rejon