[All] Fwd: The 21st EMBL Science and Society Conference - Register by 7 October!

Cath Brooksbank cath at ebi.ac.uk
Wed Sep 2 09:04:58 BST 2020


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21st EMBL Science and Society Conference
Our House is Burning: Scientific and Societal Responses to Mass Extinction <https://embl.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=03514d4ffac1e7f3086502eab&id=1be029b53f&e=511758a4cf>
4 - 5 November 2020, Virtual
Register by 7 October
Speakers <https://embl.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=03514d4ffac1e7f3086502eab&id=412892ebe9&e=511758a4cf>
Programme <https://embl.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=03514d4ffac1e7f3086502eab&id=068e56ee28&e=511758a4cf>
There have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history, but are we already in the midst of a sixth? At least one million animal and plant species are currently threatened with extinction, many within decades – a rate unprecedented in human history.

To what extent, however, can we measure loss of biodiversity across scales, or accurately identify the causes of mass extinction? And how will this development affect the planet? More importantly, perhaps, is the question of whether scientific and societal interventions can effectively tackle this issue. Will initiatives such as the UN’s “Decade on Ecosystem Restoration” really provide solutions to the problem?

The 21st EMBL Science & Society Conference in 2020 seeks to address these questions. It will consider the impact of environmental changes on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being. Crucially, it will focus on potential solutions and types of action: from activism to political strategies, and from local grass-roots conservation groups to global youth movements. It will also evaluate the application of various targeted intervention methods across data science, emerging technologies, sustainability solutions and beyond.

Session Topics:
The anthropocene extinction: Scientific overview
The environmental and societal impact of mass extinction
Scientific, societal and technological responses to mass extinction
The virtual conference will offer:
Pre-recorded presentations with live Q&A sessions after each session
A panel discussion
A dedicated discussion platform for knowledge exchange
Networking sessions built into the programme
Access to recordings of some of the talks after the conference
Lucia von Bredow, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Towards an Era of Science Activists? <https://embl.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=03514d4ffac1e7f3086502eab&id=0cfea2df8f&e=511758a4cf>
June 5th is World Environment Day, and this year there is a clear message – that society should take “urgent action to protect biodiversity”[i]. But what does this mean in practice? If, like me, you feel that we are on the cusp of a sea change when it comes to talking about environmental issues, you may also spend a lot of time thinking about what on earth society can do to respond to the challenges of climate change or mass extinction. Read more >> <https://embl.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=03514d4ffac1e7f3086502eab&id=06b5272b2f&e=511758a4cf>
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