It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Robert M. Scheller, Portland State University, and Dr. Liding Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences as new Vice Presidents of IALE International. They will serve from 2013 to 2017. At the same time, we wish to thank outgoing Vice Presidents Bojie Fu (China) and Sandra Luque (France) for their great contributions to IALE. Thanks to Bojie, the world congress of 2011, which took place in China, was a great success. Sandra has made significant contributions to setting up the South American IALE chapters and was a strong supporter of education programs and summer schools in Landscape Ecology. We will chronicle both leaving Vice Presidents in the next Bulletin.

The election for the new Vice Presidents took place between 21 June and 21 July 2013. Robert M. Scheller and Liding Chen were nominated for two positions; therefore they did not run against each other. Roughly, 1900 members were invited to vote electronically. E-mails bounced back from ca. 5% of the members where alternate addresses could not be located. As of 21. July 10.00 am Zurich time the independent election office delivered the following results: 

  • Robert Scheller: 206 for, 24 against
  • Liding Chen: 256 for, 9 against

Therefore, the two candidates are officially elected. We congratulate both candidates and wish them a successful start. As a reminder, we publish their position statements again:

Liding Chen: A vice president of IALE plays an important role in building a bridge between the IALE-headquarter and members, the local chapters, and the other international organizations. After becoming the vice president, I promise to promote the following works: to enlarge and strength the IALE-China chapter, and organize high-quality national conferences; to strength the link between IALE headquarter and the local, regional chapters, with particular considerations of developing countries and the Asian region, as well as the other international organizations; to intensify the application of landscape ecology theories and methodologies in resolving practical problems faced by human beings.

Robert Scheller: I have been an active member of IALE since 1999 when I attended the World Congress in Colorado.  I have been the Treasurer for US-IALE; am currently the chair of the US-IALE Nominating Committee; co-hosted the US-IALE 2011 meeting; currently serve on the Editorial Board of Landscape Ecology; and am Program Chair of the 2015 IALE World Congress. I am honored to be nominated to be IALE VP and, if elected, will facilitate international collaborations and foster greater communication among all members.


by Xiuzhen Li, Chairman of the IALE Council & Bruce Jones, Past-President


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