CT 2019 - Biodiversity in crisis

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Current Themes in Ecology 2019

Biodiversity in Crisis
Perspectives on how to bend the curve


Wednesday 13 November 2019

Hotel de Reehorst, Ede, The Netherlands


Based on the recently published IPBES global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services, this Current Themes in Ecology aims to focus on the global trends in biodiversity loss, and the causes and consequences of this decline at different spatial and temporal scales. We aim to start the day with stating the urgency of the biodiversity crisis, as voiced by the IPBES report. Thereafter, we will explain the current state of art in biodiversity - ecosystem functioning research, to set the evidence base. From this baseline onward, we will discuss four topics that we think would benefit from a broad academic discussion: 1) interactions between biodiversity and climate change, 2) coupling between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and putative trade-offs, 3) the pros and cons of sparing and sharing strategies of land use, and 4) how to change policies to preserve biodiversity and its functions. We will end the program with an interactive panel discussion, aimed to formulate how the field of ecology can contribute to bend the curve and reduce the biodiversity decline. A detailed scope of the meeting is attached for your information.

09:30 - 10:00 Registration & Coffee / Tea
10:00 - 10:20 Welcome by the Chair of the Day
Annemarie van Wezel, Professor of Environmental Ecology @ University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
10:20 - 11:00 Current state of biodiversity: insight of the IPBES Report
Esther Turnhout, Professor of the Politics of Environmental Knowledge @ Wageningen University, the Netherlands
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee / Tea
11:30 - 12:10 Functional biodiversity: recent advances in biodiversity research
Jasper van Ruijven, Associate professsor @ Wageningen University, the Netherlands
12:10 - 12:50 The interactive effects of biodiversity and climate change
Hans ter Steege, Group Leader, Biodiversity Dynamics @ Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Netherlands
12:50 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:40 Sparing or sharing: What works to save biodiversity?
Speaker to be confirmed
14:40 - 15:20 Biodiversity to feed the world: the role of biodiversity for humanity
Speaker to be confirmed
15:20 - 15:50 Coffee / Tea
15:50 - 16:30 Biodiversity Governance and socio-economics: What ecosystems can(‘t) buy
Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Environmental Governance and Politics @ Radboud University, the Netherlands
16:30 - 17:15 Panel discussion between speakers and audience
17:15 - 18:00 Wrap-up of the day, followed by drinks in the bar

This edition of Current Themes in Ecology is organised by:

  • Liesje Mommer (Professor of Plant Ecology - Wageningen University and Research)
  • Dedmer van de Waal (Researcher Aquatic Ecology - Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  • Annemarie van Wezel (Professor of Environmental Ecology - University of Amsterdam)
  • Claudius van de Vijver (Netherlands Ecological Research Network)
  • Lennart Suselbeek (Netherlands Ecological Research Network)
General information
Target Group Everyone interested in ecology, biodiversity, and the environment
Event duration 1 day
Number of credits 0.3 ECTS
Location Hotel De Reehorst, Ede, the Netherlands
Fees 1
Bsc and MSc students / PhD candidates € 40,-
All other participants € 80,-

1 The participation fee includes coffee/tea, lunch, and drinks.

  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to office@nern.nl, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that payment is completed correctly and in time.
NERN Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 40,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 50,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions)

More information

Dr Lennart Suselbeek (NERN)
Phone: +31317485426
Email: lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl

Dr Claudius van de Vijver (NERN)
Phone: +31317485116
Email: claudius.vandevijver@wur.nl


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