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9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT invites you to participate in the 9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World, to address the challenge the changing world poses to biodiversity (and to humanity) December 8-10, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC. The conference will provide an opportunity to look at what is happening to biodiversity in the context of radical climate disruption, human population rise, land use changes, globalization and other economic forces. We will collectively develop a 21st century biodiversity science and conservation strategy.


Visit the website to register and view the conference agenda, speaker bios, and important information on travel and lodging.

December 8-10, 2008
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC

JOIN US to put biodiversity back on the political agenda of the US and the world, and to consider approaches to conserving biodiversity in a world of rapid global climate disruption, land conservation, population growth, economic change, globalization and other forces. Come hear from conservation leaders including:
-Cristian Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
-Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
-Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
-George Rabb, President Emeritus, Chicago Zoological Society
-Thomas Lovejoy, President, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
-Eric Chivian, Founder and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
-Rita Colwell, Former Director, National Science Foundation
-Ron Pulliam, Former Director, National Biological Service
-Stephen Hubbell, Founder and Chairman, National Council for Science and the Environment
-Susan Haseltine, Associate Director for Biology, U.S. Geological Survey
-William J. Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Professor in Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
-Jane Elder , Principal, Jane Elder Strategies

Skill-building workshops, targeted breakout sessions, and plenary sessions will provide participants with an expansive understanding of conservation strategies in a 21st century context. The conference will explore key ecosystem types from the ocean to forests, agriculture and other human-dominated landscapes, consider critical issues such as values, health, communication, evaluation, funding, law and policy. Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World will look at challenges such as invasive species, conservation-reliant species, protected areas in the context of rapid change. We will learn about projects such as the Encylopedia of Life, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry.

Visit the conference website to learn about our Biodiversity Partners Exhibition, Poster Session, Youth Video Contest, and many other opportunities for participation!

Register Soon! Early registration ends October 6!
Questions? Call 202.530.5810 or email

Registration Codes will be required to register:
Individual attendee code: INDIVIDUAL
Full-time Student code: STUDENT

9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World
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