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The 29th International Union of Biological Sciences General Assembly and Scientific Symposium



Location: Washington DC
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2007-05-09    
End Date: 2007-05-13

Event Description:
Join [top] international scientists and policy makers and learn how cutting-edge developments within the biological sciences will contribute to addressing critical sustainability needs

This timely Symposium will explore some of today's most exciting developments in biological sciences research and how these developments could be harnessed to address world-wide challenges of promoting sustainable development in an era of global change. The event seeks to build a deeper understanding of the needs and potential for enhancing the world-wide capacity of the biological sciences to contribute to transcendent social goals such as the UN’s Millennium Development Goals

Speakers at the Symposium will include widely-regarded US and international experts. They will review current progress and remaining obstacles, share their insights, and bring perspectives from the front lines of both key biosciences developments and core sustainability challenges. The Symposium thus hopes to engage a younger generation of researchers and a broad and dynamic coalition of both scientists and policy makers to move the biological sciences forward and address some of the pressing issues of the 21st century.

The Symposium will take place in Washington, DC, home to numerous scientific societies and U.S. government agencies interested in issues important to the global biological sciences community. The event will be held at the Capital Hilton, in the heart of the city. Hotel space in the city can fill up quickly. We have a limited number of rooms available at the Symposium hotel, and we urge you to make your reservations as soon as possible.




Contact email: Kbowman@nas.edu

Event programme:
Symposium Program:

The Symposium will take place over two and one-half days. The first morning will feature overview talks on five key areas in which revolutionary developments are transforming both the way biological science research is done, and the potential of that research to contribute to the solution of social problems:

Biocomplexity
Bioinformatics and computation
Molecular approaches
Integration of generalized and contextual knowledge
Building capacity, training and career tracks
Following these opening talks, three half-day sessions will each focus on one major challenge of sustainable development, drawn from priorities identified at the World Summit on Sustainable Development:

Conserving ecosystem services
Enhancing food security
Improving population health
In each session, an introductory talk will survey the state of the problem and scientific efforts to address it. Five additional presentations will examine new insights being gained by work in the five transformational arenas of biology.

A special evening session will be held on a fourth challenge in which the biological sciences seem destined to play an increasingly central role: sustainable energy. A keynote talk will be followed by responses from a small panel of university and business leaders, followed by general discussion among the panelists and speaker.

The final half day session of the symposium will bring together some of the world’s leaders in science policy to discuss how the opportunities explored in previous sessions for harnessing the biological sciences to meet the challenges of sustainable development can be realized through practical actions in the [public] and private sectors.

Check: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/IUBS/IUBS_Programs_events.html


Collaborators and organisers:
U.S. National Committee IUBS


Website url: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/IUBS/index.html

Registration form: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/IUBS/Registration.html

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by wardappeltans on 2007-02-02 and approved by webmaster