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URPP Global Change and Biodiversity

Davos Congress Centre, Switzerland 23.2.2020 – 28.2.2020


Exploring the Future of Biodiversity

First of its kind, the World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will bring lead­ing re­searchers, ear­ly ca­reer re­searchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent sec­tors, de­ci­sion-mak­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to­geth­er 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. It aims to re­de­fine and set the agen­da for bio­di­ver­si­ty as a fo­cal point over the next 10 years in cur­rent themes and top­ics across sec­tors.  In this, the Fo­rum sup­ports the “New Deal for Na­ture” to be forged by the Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­si­ty at the end of 2020. It is aligned with Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and achieve­ment of which will re­quire the in­volve­ment of all sec­tors/so­ci­etal ac­tors, so­ci­etal con­sen­sus and col­lec­tive search for so­lu­tions to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty.

Spe­cial rates ap­ply for ear­ly ca­reer re­searchers (stu­dent, Phd stu­dents and post­docs less than 3 years af­ter PhD) as well as par­tic­i­pants from low and low­er mid­dle in­come coun­tries.  Register now for ear­ly bird dis­counts un­til 13 De­cem­ber 2019, af­ter that date, stan­dard or late rates ap­ply.
Submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation.

Scientific Organising Committee: Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Anna Deplazes,  Rees Kassen, Owen Petchey, Maria Santos, Michael Schaepman, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Lynne Shannon, Craig Starger, Eva Spehn, Debra Zuppinger-Dingley

Local Organising Committee: Cornelia Krug, Anja Schilling Hoyle, Daniel Tschanz