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DIVERSITAS at 2013 INTECOL/BES congress

From 18 – 23 August 2013, the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) and the British Ecological Society (BES) held a joint congres as part of the centenary celebrations of the BES. DIVERSITAS scientists joined more than 2000 scientists from around the world in the congress themed "advancing ecology and making it count".

From 18 – 23 August 2013, the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) and the British Ecological Society (BES) held a joint congres as part of the centenary celebrations of the BES. DIVERSITAS scientists joined more than 2000 scientists from around the world in the congress themed "advancing ecology and making it count".

Georgina Mace, SC-DIVERSITAS chair, gave a plenary lecture on biodiversity conservation in the 21st century, while Sandra DIAZ, SC-DIVERSITAS member, introduced the plant trait initiative in her plenary lecture titled: "Theophrastus in the tangled bank: searching for generality underpinning plant functional trait diversity".

Two other SC-DIVERSITAS members, Mark Lonsdale, and Hiroyuki Matsuda, were invited as key note speakers in symposia. Mark Lonsdale spoke on "Transforming the management of invasive species" in a symposium dedicated to reconciling science, management and policy to combat biological invasions. Hiroyuki Matsuda shared his experiences in a talk titled "Situation of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Japanese Archipelago" in a symposium on island biocultural diversity and traditional ecological knowledge.

Louise Jackson, SC-agroBIODIVERSITY co-chair, was invited to give a key note lecture on "Ecosystem services provided by soil biodiversity" in a symposium on soil biodiversity and ecosystem function.

Walter Jetz, SC-GMBA member, presented "Novel methods and data to advance the understanding of geographical biodiversity from local to global scales" in a symposium dedicated to new insights from new methods in ecology and evolution.

Other DIVERSITAS scientists actively contributing to the congress include Christian Körner, SC-GMBA chair, who asked "Is there a high elevation biodiversity crisis?" in a symposium on elevational pattern in biodiversity, and discussed "Evolutionary constraints of plant phenology in a climate warming context" in a symposium on phenology and climate change. Christoph Kueffer, also a member of the SC-GBMA, shared information on "The Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN): linking science and policy from local to global scales" in the symposium on reconciling science, management and policy to combat biological invasions. Hugh Possingham, SC-bioSUSTAINABILITY member, reflected on "The conservation policy-science nexus in Australia and its neighbours" in a symposium on ecological research and public policy in southern mega diverse countries.

The TRY initiative of the bioDISCOVERY core project organised a symposium dedicated to "Plant functional ecology and vegetation modelling in a new data rich world". The symposium was co-organised by Jens Kattge (MPI-BGC), Sandra Diaz (Cordoba National University), Franziska Schrodt (MPI-BGC) and Cornelia Krug (bioDISCOVERY). Key notes speakers were Colin Prentice, Macquarie University, Australia in the modelling section of the symposium, and Eric Garnier of CEFE, France. Dan Faith, SC-bioGENESIS co-chair, gave a talk on "Using databases of observed traits to infer more general trait patterns and produce useful indices based on functional trait diversity". More information on the symposium.

For more information on the INTECOL / BES Congress, visit the website.

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