On behalf of Arne Bjørlykke, the Director of the Natural History Museum. University of Oslo (Norway), we would like to inform you on the following event that will take place in Vienna, on the 13th October, 2014, the day before our next General Meeting (CETAF36).
We hereby invite you to collaborate and make your contributions that will help us to enhance and produce the final Program of this Workshop before 1st September 2014.
Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA)
The Contribution of Botanical Gardens to Ecological Restoration and Restoring Natural Capital
The British Ecological Society and the French Ecology Society celebrate a joint conference which will bring together for the first time ecologists of the two countries. The aim of the conference will promote exchanges and debates on major advances in scientific ecology, and strengthen cooperation between the French and British researchers of tomorrow..
The theme of the meeting is Applications and Data Standards for Sustaining Biodiversity. Subprograms will include: Applications, Semantic Technologies, Capacity Building, Phyloinformatics, Outreach and Collaboration, ePublications, Trait Data.
This one-day event aims to share perspectives and efforts devoted to build a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research. BioVEL will also present their plans for the future, based on the experience gained and the results obtained from this project conceived as a pilot implementation of some of the core ideas from the LifeWatch Preparatory Phase. In the past three years BioVEL has worked with the biodiversity research community to construct, test, and revise some essential elements of a robust e-infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research.
Addressing the theme of Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability, SciDataCon 2014 will feature four main tracks: (A) Dynamic Planet, (B) Global Development, (C) Transformations Towards Sustainability, and (D) Data Science and Services. This structure is intended to bridge cross-cutting data themes and research themes of Future Earth, an international research programme on global sustainability coordinated by ICSU and its partners and starting in 2015.
Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
- To raise international awareness about the essential role of biodiversity and its contribution to sustainable development.
- To put strong emphasis on biodiversity at the discussions of Post-2015 Development Agenda and setting of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
The second Pan-European Stakeholder Consultation Meeting (PESC-2) for IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) is organised by the Swiss Biodiversity Forum with the support of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), and in collaboration with other European Platforms (e.g. NEFO Germany, Belgian Biodiversity Platform, JNCC UK, FRB France, Plataforma Portuguesa da IPBES.
Objectives of the meeting are to:
a) inform on what has been and is going on in IPBES, and how to participate in the current work programme
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international agreement which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health. It was adopted on 29 January 2000 and entered into force on 11 September 2003.
The aim of the conference is to develop forward-looking perspectives for the botanical profession in the twenty-first century. The conference will provide a platform for exchange and dialogue to:
* Take stock of global, regional and national issues and challenges that botany can contribute to mitigating;
* Review the state of the art for the study and practice of botany; and
* Identify actionable elements for re-orienting the discipline to make the essential innovative scientific and technological contributions needed for current and future generations.