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World Biodiversity Forum 2020: Call for Session and Workshop Proposals

  • 1.  World Biodiversity Forum 2020: Call for Session and Workshop Proposals

    Posted 06-12-2019 06:35
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    Join us for the World Biodiversity Forum 2020, taking place the 23 – 28 February in Davos, and explore the future of biodiversity. 

    The inaugural World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will bring to­geth­er lead­ing re­searchers, ear­ly ca­reer researchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent sec­tors, de­ci­sion-mak­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to have a con­ver­sa­tion on the kind of fu­ture we want (and/or do not want) for bio­di­ver­si­ty.

    The Fo­rum will pro­vide a plat­form for ex­change, cov­er­ing a wide range of per­spec­tives, and cap­tur­ing a di­ver­si­ty of vi­sions. With this, it aims to re­de­fine and set the agen­da for bio­di­ver­si­ty as a fo­cal point over the next 10 years. The themes of the conference include Changing Biodiversity, Values and Concepts, Future of Biodiversity and Making an Impact.

    We welcome contributions that

    • Reflect on the im­por­tance and ben­e­fits of bio­di­ver­si­ty for hu­man well­be­ing, and the val­ue and impact of bio­di­ver­si­ty re­search for so­ci­ety
    • Reflect on the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty and ac­count­abil­i­ty of the dif­fer­ent sec­tors and so­ci­etal ac­tors in re­gard to the con­ser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­si­ty
    • Iden­ti­fy what is need­ed to suc­cess­ful­ly im­ple­ment/use cur­rent knowl­edge on bio­di­ver­si­ty and ecosys­tem func­tion.
    • Iden­ti­fy best prac­tices for gen­er­a­tion of prod­ucts and ser­vices for dif­fer­ent sec­tors and so­ci­etal ac­tors, in­clud­ing cor­po­ra­tions.

    Proposed sessions should cut across dis­ci­plines, cov­er a di­ver­si­ty of per­spec­tives and vi­sions and ad­dress cur­rent top­ics in nov­el ways. We ac­cept pro­pos­als for the­mat­ic ses­sions and in­ter­ac­tive work­shops.

    Deadline for submissions is the 21 July 2019.

    We look forward to receiving your contributions!
    Cornelia Krug 

    on behalf of the Scientific Organisation Committee of the World Biodiversity Forum

    Michael Schaepman, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Lynne Shannon, Anna Deplazes-Zemp, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Maria Joao Santos, Owen Petchey, Rees Kassen, Craig Starger, Eva Spehn and Debra Zuppinger-Dingley

    Dr. Cornelia Krug