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News Item Follow-up of the 2011 Belgian Biodiversity – Public Health Conference
Presentations, posters, and a nice collection of conference photos are on-line.
News Item New Global Environmental Change-Japan Platform
DIVERSITAS is pleased to announce the establishment of this GEC-Japan platform, initiated by RHIN, in order to facilitate and promote institutional and research collaboration among Japan representatives of the Global Environmental Change Programmes, DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP, and WCRP.
News Item New publication on IPBES from the Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
Harrison J (2011) IPBES - the Birth Pangs of a New Assessment Process. BES Bulletin, 37-38.
News Item Dr. Steven Wilson appointed as Executive Director of ICSU
Dr. Wilson will provide leadership in implementing ICSU's second Strategic Plan 2012–2017.
News Item Call for nominations for the 2012 Ebbe Nielsen Prize
GBIF invites nominations for the 2012 Ebbe Nielsen Prize, awarded annually to a person or team who demonstrates excellence in combining biodiversity informatics and biosystematics research. Nominations are due by 15 March 2012.
News Item PuP 2012: Selected sessions of particular interest to the DIVERSITAS community
Please see list of selected sessions of particular interest to the DIVERSITAS community.
News Item The DIVERSITAS community will be a major contributor to PuP Conference
The DIVERSITAS community will be present in a broad range of PuP sessions.
News Item UNU, UNU-IHDP, DIVERSITAS launch e-survey on IPBES
UN University (UNU), UNU-IHDP, in collaboration with DIVERSITAS, and commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, have launched an e-survey to solicit feedback on the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
News Item Prof. Christoph Häuser New Chair of DIVERSITAS German National Committee
C Häuser is based at the Museum of Natural History Berlin; he coordinates international cooperation and research policy at the Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research, and chairs CETAF.
News Item Submit a student paper to EcoHealth !
New opportunity for publishing experience.
News Item Braulio Dias, from Brazil, appointed as Executive Secretary of the Convention of Biological Diversity
DIVERSITAS looks forward to working with Braulio Dias.
News Item Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda will receive the Ecological Society of Japan Award on 20 March 2012
Hiroyuki Matsuda is a Member of the SC-DIVERSITAS and President of ESJ.
News Item The DIVERSITAS community thanks Prof. Harold (Hal) Mooney for his great leadership!
Hal Mooney chaired DIVERSITAS from 2008-2011; he will remain a member of the SC-DIVERSITAS.
News Item Prof. Georgina Mace became the new Chair of the Scientific Committee of DIVERSITAS on 1st January 2012
"I am honoured to take over the Chairmanship of DIVERSITAS", said Georgina Mace.
News Item Dr David Cooper, Member of SC-DIVERSITAS, promoted
D Cooper was appointed as Director for Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
News Item 2012 ESA Annual Meeting: Feb. 23 Deadline for Contributed Abstracts
Reminder! Deadline for Contributed Oral and Poster Abstracts is Feb. 23
News Item DIVERSITAS Policy Brief on Biodiversity for Rio+20 now available in French and Spanish
These policy briefs were prepared for the Planet Under Pressure Conference. They specifically target policy-makers in the Rio+20 process, aiming to give them access to the latest scientific thinking on sustainable development issues.
News Item 2012 Call for Proposals : Grant Awards for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa
START, the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training, is pleased to announce the 2012 Call for Proposals for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa. Deadline for application : 28 March 2012
News Item Planet Under Pressure Conference : Full Programme Now Available
Register now - more than 2200 delegates already booked
News Item Building a global observing system for biodiversity (GEO BON)
Scholes et al., COSUST, 2012, 4
News Item Planet under Pressure:
Biodiversity and ecosystem related sessions
News Item DIVERSITAS will present its new strategic plan for 2012-20 at PuP
"Biodiversity and ecosystem services science for a sustainable planet". Tuesday 27 March, at 14.00, room 7. Organised by: M Lonsdale, G Mace, H Mooney, A Larigauderie and AH Prieur-Richard
News Item DIVERSITAS releases Top Priorities in Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Science
DIVERSITAS spearheads global investigation into the "5 Ws" of biodiversity loss and how to mitigate it.
News Item DIVERSITAS at Planet under Pressure: Visit our booth !
DIVERSITAS is showcasing its networks and achievement in an exhibition booth in the ICC Capital Hall. It is a great place to network and to meet DIVERSITAS scientists.
News Item Planet under Pressure Press Releases
1) Cities Expand by Area Equal to France, Germany and Spain Combined in less than 20 years; 2) State of the Planet; 3) Barriers to change.
News Item Report on DIVERSITAS sessions at Planet under Pressure during Days 1 & 2
Members of the SC-DIVERSITAS gave plenary presentation available via the PuP webstreaming: Day 1: Sandra Diaz: State of the Planet: Ecosystems - Day 2: Georgina Mace: Can humans manage the Earth system ?
News Item Report on DIVERSITAS sessions at Planet under Pressure during Day 3
Day 3 showcased research achievements of DIVERSITAS in the field of agro-biodiversity; economy of biodiversity and ecosystem services; ecosystem functioning; and evolutionary biology.
News Item Planet under Pressure Conference Declaration
Scientists issue first “State of the Planet” declaration at the world’s largest gathering of experts on global environmental and social issues in advance of the major UN Summit Rio+20 in June.
News Item Top priorities in biodiversity science agreed
The media speak about the new DIVERSITAS vision released at Planet under Pressure
News Item Global alliance to study planetary changes revealed
SciDevNet, 6 March 2012
News Item International alliance will tackle global change
Ten-year Future Earth initiative plans joined-up studies of social and environmental problems. Nature, 28 March 2012
News Item Time Is Nigh for Global Action, Manifesto Warns
The NY Times, 5 April 2012
News Item 2012 EcoHealth Career Award
The IAEH is pleased to announce two awards to be nominated and selected for presentation at the 2012 EcoHealth conference in Kunming, China: 1. "Outstanding Contribution to the Field of EcoHealth" award 2. "Exceptional Early Career Contribution to the Field of EcoHealth" award. Nomination deadline is 15 April 2012.
News Item The Greatest Challenge of Our Species
Tom Lovejoy speaks of Planet under Pressure and Future Earth - International Herald Tribune, 6 April 2012
News Item DIVERSITAS will be present at the second session of IPBES Plenary 16-21 April, in Panama
See our brochures on knowledge generation and assessment to be released at side event on Tuesday 17 April, and the results of IPBES assessment survey.
News Item Second session of IPBES Plenary formally establishes IPBES (Sat 21 April, Panama City)
Germany (Bonn) wins the vote to host the IPBES secretariat.
News Item World governments establish biodiversity panel
Scientists from more than 90 countries will unite to assess ecosystems and natural resources.
News Item DIVERSITAS at SBSTTA 16 of the Convention on Biological Diversity
ecoHEALTH in collaboration with EcoHealth Alliance and the CBD Secretariat held a very successful meeting on Biodiversity and Health
News Item DIVERSITAS statements for CBD SBSTTA 16 on GBO4 and Climate Change
First SBSTTA for the new Executive Director Braulio Diaz. In addition to its work on Biodiversity and Health, DIVERSITAS made two other statements during SBSTTA 16.
News Item CESAB - Call for Research Proposals
CESAB supports national or international working groups developing syntheses of ideas and concepts, and/or data analyses to improve understanding of all facets of biodiversity.
News Item DIVERSITAS publishes its new scientific priorities for 2012-20
Larigauderie et al., COSUST, 2012, 4:101-105
News Item Future Earth will be launched just prior to Rio+20
Future Earth will be officially launched on June 14th at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development co-organised by ICSU.
News Item Bernard Avril is the new Executive Officer of IMBER
It is a pleasure to announce that Dr. Bernard Avril is joining IMBER as the Executive Officer on 4 June 2012.
News Item bioGENESIS at ATBC Conference, 18-22 June 2012, Bonito, Brazil
bioGENESIS will have a strong presence at the ATBC Conference 2012 through the organisation of a training workshop, a symposium and 2 plenary lecturers.
News Item Science recognition in Rio+20 is an 'uphill struggle'
The Science and Technology Major Group, has expressed frustration that a real commitment in the draft conclusions to science and innovation in sustainable development was fading away. ICSU, representing DIVERSITAS and other ICSU family programmes complained about a "vacuum of political commitment" when it comes to supporting science.
News Item Loss of biodiversity reduces ecosystems functions and services
A synthesis of over 1,000 studies performed over the past two decades proves that loss of biodiversity reduces the productivity and sustainability of ecosystems, and compromises nature’s ability to provide people with benefits like sustainable supplies of food and wood, protection from certain pests and disease, and protection against climate change.
News Item Rio report card
The world has failed to deliver on many of the promises it made 20 years ago at the Earth summit in Brazil. See report cards for the 3 Rio conventions, Nature, 7 June 2012
News Item Follow the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Rio
Live reporting from the forum through Twitter, Blog, and Webcast.
News Item Launch of the APN’s 2012 Annual Calls for Proposals
The APN is inviting proposals under two separate programmes, the Annual Regional Call for Research Proposals (ARCP) Programme and the Scientific Capacity Building/Enhancement for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries (CAPaBLE) Programme, for funding from April 2013, and is able to provide a limited amount of financial support for research and capacity development activities that fall within its areas of interest.
News Item Remembering Elinor Ostrom 1933-2012
Chief Scientific Advisor to the Planet Under Pressure Conference (March 2012), Professor Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, died on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer.
News Item HYDROECO 2013 - Abstract submission now open!
Please consider submitting an abstract to the 4th International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology: Emerging Patterns, Breakthroughs and Challenges, Rennes, France, 13-16 May 2013. The deadline is 30 September 2012.
News Item bioGENESIS-ATBC2012 Training workshop Evolutionary Approaches to Biodiversity Science
Register to attend the bioGENESIS-ATBC2012 Training workshop "Evolutionary Approaches to Biodiversity Science" on 16-18 June 2012 in Bonito, Brazil
News Item Rio+20: Anne Larigauderie interviewed in French newspaper Libération
New critical litterature analysis finds that the loss of biological diversity will alter the functioning of ecosystems and their ability to provide society with ecosystem services.
News Item Map of Life - a new portal for biodiversity is now online
Map of Life (MOL) is a new interactive portal for global biodiversity research. It offers a variety of biodiversity data, such as species distribution maps, GBIF point data and checklists for all amphibians, mammals and bird species worldwide, as well as a number of species of other taxa (freshwater fishes, reptiles). Data coverage and functionality will be greatly enhanced over the next months.
News Item A new DIVERSITAS National Committee established in United Kingdom
Welcome to these 15 scientists who have been appointed to develop DIVERSITAS activities in United Kingdom, after a successful meeting in November 2011.
News Item New book on Alpine Treelines by Christian Körner, chair of GMBA
Alpine treelines mark the low-temperature limit of tree growth and occur in mountains world-wide. Presenting a companion to his book Alpine Plant Life, Christian Körner provides a global synthesis of the treeline phenomenon from sub-arctic to equatorial latitudes and a functional explanation based on the biology of trees.
News Item Légion d'Honneur for Sandra Lavorel
Congratulations to Sandra Lavorel, Member of the DIVERSITAS-bioDISCOVERY Scientific Committee, who was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour for her scientific work, during a ceremony on Friday 1st June 2012 by Anne Larigauderie, Executive Director of DIVERSITAS, on behalf of the President of the Republic of France.
News Item Thomas Lovejoy awarded Blue Planet Prize 2012 for lifetime achievement in conservation!
Tom Lovejoy is a Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, and a former member of the US DIVERSITAS National Committee. He received the award for pioneering work in biodiversity science and conservation, including how human-caused habitat fragmentation causes biodiversity loss.
News Item NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program funds pre-conference student workshop in China
The NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Program has provided funding to support an EcoHealth 2012 pre-conference workshop on next-generation DNA sequencing approaches to environment-pathogen linkages. Students with interests in honing their professional communication skills and new pathogen discovery techniques are invited to attend.
News Item Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: Reporting back
The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development was a great success! Over 1,000 people attended the event from June 11-15, with another 1,000 watching the live webcast and many more interacting via social media.
News Item BiodivERsA: 2012-2013 Joint Call Pre-Announcement
Forthcoming BiodivERsA Pan-European call for research proposals on: "Invasive Species and Biological Invasions"
News Item BioFresh, a freshwaterBIODIVERSITY endorsed project, released new research finding
New research conducted by the BioFresh FP7 Research Project shows that conservation planning efforts focused on birds and mammals may miss critical habitat for freshwater biodiversity
News Item The New York Times: Article on the ecoHEALTH project Predict
The Ecology of Diseases published on 14th July
News Item ecoHEALTH Publication: Campbell et al. in EcoHealth
Campbell K, Cooper D, Dias B, Prieur-Richard A-H, Campbell-Lendrum D, Karesh W and Daszak P. 2011. Strengthening International Cooperation for Health and Biodiversity. EcoHealth 8(4)
News Item USA DIVERSITAS National Committee and IPBES, Thursday 9 August at 8AM
USNC DIVERSITAS is organising an oral session "Bringing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science to Global Policy Making" at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland (Room C124, Oregon Convention Center)
News Item The DIVERSITAS 2011-12 Annual Report is out
DIVERSITAS has released its 2011-12 Annual Report summarising its key achievements for biodiversity and ecosystem services science and policy.
News Item Call for abstracts for GWSP International Conference is open !
The conference 'Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance' will take place in Bonn, Germany on 21-24 May 2013. Deadline for call for abstracts is 31 October 2012.
News Item ecoHEALTH Publication: Langlois et al. in EcoHealth
Langlois V, Campbell K, Prieur-Richard A-H, Karesh W and Daszak P. Towards a Better Integration of Global Health and Biodiversity in the New Sustainable Development Goals Beyond Rio+20.
News Item DIVERSITAS at CBD-COP11, Side event on 8 October at 13:15 - room 1.06
"Biodiversity and Health: Strengthening Synergies and Collaboration" organised by DIVERSITAS, S-CBD and EcoHealth Alliance - See the programme.
News Item DIVERSITAS at CBD COP11: Side event Tuesday 9 Oct, 13:15, Rio Pavilion, Novotel Ballroom
"How integrated science can support the goals of the Rio Conventions" organised by DIVERSITAS, Future Earth, S-CBD, UNEP-WCMC, and ATREE - See the programme
News Item Publication : Landscape and Health: Effects, Potential and Strategies
Bauer N, Mondini M and Bernasconi A (eds) 2012
News Item Call for Applications: 2013 Conservation Leadership Programme Awards
 
News Item Congratulations to Robert J Naiman and Robin Reid
Congratulations to Robert J Naiman, former Chair of SC-freshwaterBIODIVERSITY for his Eminent Ecologist award and to Robin Reid, former SC-DIVERSITAS Member, for her Sustainability Science award, from the Ecological Society of America.
News Item Summary of CBD-COP11, 8-19 October 2012
See the Final Earth Negotiations Bulletin
News Item Publication: GWSP Textbook "River Basins and Change"
This e-book (free for download) brings together the major contributions of the International Conference “The Global Dimensions of Changes in River Basins – Threats, Linkages and Adaptations”.
News Item BiodivERsA: 2012-2013 Joint call (open!)
Pan-European call for research proposals on invasive species and biological invasions. Deadline for pre-registration : 14 December 2012
News Item Remembering Angela Cropper
Angela Cropper, former Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012, at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer.
News Item Publication: DIWPA Newsletter No. 27, November 2012
Download the newsletter !
News Item DIVERSITAS at CBD COP11: Contributions to the discussions
DIVERSITAS held successful side events and delivered statements providing the perspective of the scientific community to COP discussions.
News Item SC-bioSUSTAINABILITY Chair, T. Elmqvist, launched the Cities Biodiversity Outlook
Thomas Elmqvist released the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO) at CBD COP11 in October 2012 in Hyderabad, India.
News Item ecoHEALTH held a successful training workshop
EcoHealthNet workshop on epidemiology and outbreak investigation, 11-15 June 2012, Madison, USA
News Item 2nd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting
The call for session proposals is open until January 3, 2012
News Item Opening of application for the International Master in Applied Ecology (IMAE)
2013-2015 edition - Deadline for applications: 8 January 2013
News Item World Water Week: Abstracts submissions now open !
Deadline for submissions: January 7, 2013
News Item Annual call for proposals CEBA 2013, French Guiana
Submission deadline: 25th January 2013
News Item Publication: IHDP Annual Report 2011
The Report features editorials by IHDP's newest Scientific Committee members, Professors Ruth Oniang'o and Dan Ariely, and highlights some of the current challenges and opportunities of human dimensions research on global environmental change.
News Item Publication: IHDP 2010 Annual Report
The Annual Report 2010 provides a comprehensive overview of IHDP’s mission and objectives as well as an extensive update on the latest activities and progress of IHDP’s global research network, its projects and partners.
News Item UNU-ISP Postgraduate Programme
UNU-ISP is now accepting applications for the 2013 Master’s degree programme in Sustainability, Development and Peace and the PhD programme in Sustainability Science. Application deadline: 30 April 2013
News Item Call for Applications: ICSU Food Futures Young Scientists Networking Conference
Deadline for applications extended to 31st December
News Item 1st session of IPBES plenary, 3-7 Oct 2011, Nairobi
Outcome of first session and role of ICSU (DIVERSITAS, IHDP)
News Item Launch of new bioGENESIS website
DIVERSITAS is pleased to announce the launch of the new website of its project bioGENESIS "Providing an evolutionary framework to biodiversity science".
News Item DIVERSITAS policy brief on Biodiversity and ecosystem services for Rio+20
DIVERSITAS is pleased to release a policy brief on Biodiversity and ecosystem services in preparation of Rio+20 and the Planet Under Pressure conference (March 2012, London, UK).
News Item The Swiss biodiversity science & policy community had a successfull launch event for IPBES!
The Federal Office for the Environment, FOEN, in collaboration with the Swiss Biodiversity Forum, organized a one-day kickoff meeting for IPBES in in Bern, Switzerland, on 15th of November 2012.
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