Introduction to food web modeling with Ecopath with Ecosim - Fall 2017


Coll, Marta

Marine Renewable Resources Department
Institut de Ciències del Mar
Barcelona, Spain

Steenbeek, Jeroen

Software engineer
Ecopath International Initiative
Barcelona, Spain


This course will introduce basic concepts and modelling procedures of aquatic ecosystems using the Ecopath with Ecosim food web modeling approach. Participants will be provided with the principles behind EwE (, and how to design, parameterize and analyze an ecological model with Ecopath. Introductory concepts of the temporal module Ecosim and the spatial-temporal module Ecospace will be presented.

Programme information: 

Day 1
• Introduction to Ecopath, Ecosim, Ecospace
• Ecopath model: general principles and data needed
• Balancing Ecopath models

Day 2
• Analysing and interpreting Ecopath outputs
• Introduction to Ecosim

Day 3
• Fitting to time series
• Introduction to Ecospace

Past course editions: 

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Number of hours: 

18 (T+P)



Course dates: 

Monday, November 6, 2017 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017


9:00-13:00h and 14:00 – 17:00h


Institut de Ciències del Mar

Maximum number of places: 


Special requirements: 

The course will contain segments of hands-on practical time to make sure participants understand the content of the theoretical lectures. Please bring your own portable computer with the Ecopath with Ecosim software installed (for installation instructions and software downloads see

We strongly recommend that participants read the recommended publications.

Contact for further information: 

For course content details, please contact Jeroen Steenbeek ( For registration and logistics please contact the program coordinator (


Full price of this course is 290€. A reduced registration fee of 230€ is applied for early registrations (until October 23).
The course fee for ICM/CSIC personnel is 108€.

Price: 290.00€

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