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Open Science Conferences (OSC)

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DIVERSITAS organises, on a regular basis, Open Science Conferences (OSC) which convene the entire DIVERSITAS community as well as researchers and policy makers working in the field of biodiversity. The overall goals of the DIVERSITAS Open Science Conferences are:

  • To convene scientists representing the full DIVERSITAS spectrum, that is, perspectives from the natural and social sciences to highlight the linkages from biodiversity to ecological functions to ecosystem services, as well as the consequences of damaging economic activities that ignore such linkages;
  • To promote scientific exchanges;
  • To develop interface between science and policy making for biodiversity;
  • To strengthen and expand DIVERSITAS networks;
  • To forge new partnerships.


The First Open Science Conference of DIVERSITAS "Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being" (DIVERSITAS OSC1) took place on 9-12 November 2005 in Oaxaca, Mexico. More.

The Second DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference "Biodiversity and society: understanding connections, adapting to change" (DIVERSITAS OSC2) was held on 13-16 October 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. More


DIVERSITAS has also co-organised, with the three other global environmental change programmes of the ICSU family (IGBP, IHDP, WCRP) and their Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), the Open Science Conference  "Planet Under Pressure: New knowledge towards solutions" (PUP 2012), which has been held on 26-29 March 2012 in London, United Kingdom. More

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