Alexander von Humboldt’s approach to science was visionary: The natural world as an interconnected Earth system with all its geological and biological diversity. As we, Homo sapiens, are part of this system and contribute to its ever changing nature in unprecedented ways, it is time to expand Humboldt’s vision and provide the scientific basis for a sustainable world and ensure future human well-being.
For researchers of fauna and flora worldwide, the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the associated system of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) has major consequences for their way of working.
Focusing on the relations of botanic gardens and society, especially in terms of serving public goods, main topics of the EastCentGard III Conference will cover the function of botanic gardens as knowledge centres, the triad of strategy- management-operation as well as social aspects of gardens’ classic roles including conservation and education.
On April 6th, the CETAF General Secretary, Ana Casino, will be participating and talking at a national engagement meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria in relation to the integration of biodiversity collections. The aim of this nationale engagement event is to raise awareness with the stakeholders about the scientific importance of the biodiversity research collections maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as well as to discuss the importance of the recognition of the biodiversity collections as research infrastructure of European and national strategic value.
The National Collections meeting are an opportunity for those who work with natural history collections in Sweden.
The meeting will offer lectures on topics related to natural history collections and how to manage them.
This meeting - at the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus and the Freshwater Biological Association, Far Sawrey on the west side of Lake Windermere, opposite Bowness on Windermere - recognises the historical contributions of women to the earth and life sciences, especially the contribution of some of the lesser known amateur women, as well as that of the early professional women scientists working in all aspects of the environmental sciences.
BIOTALENT is a multilingual blended e-learning training programme to gain crucial skills and knowledge in biodiversity. Protecting life on earth in all its forms also involves introducing innovative ways to address pressing environmental issues of today. A strong investment in environmental education and a passion for science is therefore essential to this programme.