Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Biodiversity and Society: Societal dimensions of the conservation and utilisation of biological diversity, 14-16 Nov 2012, Germany

Call for Abstracts

Biodiversity and Society: Societal dimensions of the conservation and utilisation of biological diversity

Conference 14th Р16th November 2012 in Göttingen

For the past two decades, the conservation of biological diversity has been a key issue on the international political agenda. Both international and national interpretations of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recognize that biodiversity conservation cannot be achieved with ecological approaches alone, and that a large variety of social, institutional and economic dimensions also play key roles. This complex and multifaceted topic requires trans- and interdisciplinary approaches, and should not be limited to specific questions of single disciplines.

With this in mind, the conference “Biodiversity and Society: Societal dimensions of the conservation and utilisation of biological diversity” aims to provide a scientific contribution to the discussion on the diverse and complex problems associated with biodiversity conservation. The conference will be a platform for exchange between renowned keynote speakers from academia, junior researchers, and representatives from the business and political sectors. Contributions could, for example, consider:

  • Effects of anthropogenic global change on biodiversity
  • Value and valuation of biodiversity
  • Biodiversity as an aspect of environmental law
  • Instruments to tackle resource conflicts
  • Societal approaches to biodiversity conservation
  • Perspectives on biodiversity in different socio-cultural contexts
  • Progress and problems of local, national and international biodiversity policy

Inter and transdisciplinary research is particularly encouraged, as are contributions from junior researchers. Please submit your abstracts (in German or English) for posters or oral presentations before the 15th of June 2012 online at the following website:

A response will be sent within 4 weeks of the closing date. Please note that oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes.

There will be a guided poster session, and a citable book of abstracts, as well as the opportunity to publish full papers in a book of conference proceedings, is planned. Further information about the conference and about online registration is available through the link above.

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