13 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

Organization of Fifth Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity

The joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS 8) will include five virtual sessions to be held on 13, 14, 19, 21 and 23 April 2021. The sessions will last up to 120 minutes, starting at 6 am (Montreal Time). The event is financially supported by University of Tokyo and IUBS.

The objective of this Science-Policy dialogue would aim to provide space for scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and obtain positive biodiversity outcomes and foster transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision. 

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13 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day1: Opening Session: 13th April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

13 April 2021: Opening of the joint event (6:00 am - 6:30 am)
SESSION 1 – Part 1: A framework for transition: towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)

The Co-chairs on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will present the goals, targets and indicators in the draft framework, and key scientists will provide an overview of how science, including social sciences, could better support planning, policy making, implementation and monitoring.

Breakout Group 1Advancing solutions for transition (7:45 am - 8:40 am)

This session will explore the feasibility, approaches, needs, opportunities and challenges of using scenarios and models as possible practical solutions to inform policymaking and decision-making towards the achievement of the Zero net biodiversity loss.Through this session, speakers and participants will discuss how new NFF can be operationalized and localized to achieve the targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework and several of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Breakout Group 2Enabling conditions for transitioning to zero net habitat loss (zero net deforestation, land degradation and land use change) (7:45 am - 8:40 am)

This breakout group will reflect on findings of recent research reports, such as the IUBS Report on “Actions on sustainable food production and consumption for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework”, to facilitate a dialogue with 2 experts followed by questions and answers.

Followed by Q&A

CLOSING: (8:40 am - 9:00 am)
Return of all participants to the plenary to report final conclusions

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15 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day2: 15th April 2021

Session2Round table on biodiversity monitoring and data

This roundtable will explore measures needed to improve the mobilization and sharing of data, information and knowledge required to support the implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Participants will, inter alia, explore options for promoting the establishment of biodiversity monitoring systems and protocols, discuss policies and best practices to ensure that data is shared in standardized formats to enable re-use and universal access; and identify indicators and tools to ensure that data, information and knowledge are made available in formats that can support policy and decision making, planning and implementation relating to biodiversity.

Block 1: The data challenge

Block 2: Key data needs

Block 3: The data and monitoring investment

Final discussion, questions from audience

Reinforce key messages and aim for ‘call for action’ responses with a particular focus on upcoming SBSTTA and SBI meetings. 

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19 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day3: 19th April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

Session 3: Harnessing science, technology and innovations to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework  (6:00 am - 6:35 am)

This session will provide an opportunity to further discuss how science, technology and innovation could be better harnessed to support the implementation of the post 2020 global biodiversity framework, especially at the regional, national and local levels. This will build on the outcomes of the UN Summit on Biodiversity (Leaders’ Dialogue 2) held in September 2020.

Breakout Group 1 (6:35 am - 7:40 am)
Biodiversity, Climate and Livelihoods: Implications for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The breakout discussion will consider the following questions:

  1. Successful policy requires understanding of the relationship between nature and livelihoods. What gaps in sciences still need to be filled?
  2. On management, what are the enabling conditions for better solutions to the intertwined crises of biodiversity and ecosystems, climate change and livelihoods?

Breakout Group 2 (6:35 am - 7:40 am)

The current landscape of renewable energy technologies and applications, and its impact on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

Breakout group 2 will consider the following questions:

  • How different renewable energy technologies can drive ecosystem change and contribute to biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration as nature-based solutions (NbS)?
  • How can we promote a sustainable energy transition without losing biodiversity and producing negative social impacts?
  • How policies and projects of renewable energy and NbS can be operationalized and implemented to achieve the targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals?

Closing (7:40 am - 8:00 am)
Return of all participants to the plenary to report final conclusions

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21 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day4: 21st April 2021

Session 4: Links between loss of biodiversity, climate change and zoonotic diseases

(10:00 am - 11:30 am Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone)

Today, more than ever before, the links between biodiversity loss and the emergence of new zoonotic diseases such as Ebola and COVID-19 are undeniable.  “The continuing loss of biodiversity on a global scale represents both direct and indirect threats to our health and wellbeing. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem change, including through land use change, habitat fragmentation and loss, and climate change, can increase the risk of disease emergence and spread among people, animals and other living species.” An IPBES Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics also noted that pandemics will emerge more often and spread more rapidly in the future, unless there is a transformative change in the global approach to dealing with the links between nature degradation and zoonotic diseases.

This session will focus on the issue of health and biodiversity. Scientists will discuss and make recommendations to guide the world community on possible ways to avoid or minimize future pandemics by restoring the balance between nature and humans.

Followed by Q&A

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23 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day5: 23rd April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

Session 5 : Young Scholars and Professionals Session: Ecological Restoration - framing challenges and opportunities (6:00 am - 7:30 am)

The UN has declared 2021-2030 as the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration. In this session we have invited young scholars and professionals to discuss and give examples of new initiatives of ecological restoration and nature-based solutions from many different habitats in many different parts of the world. 

SDG Labs - Biodiversity-Solutions for Change (7:45 am - 8:45 am)

The SDG LABS is a virtual session with 5 teams from different continents, addressing how various biodiversity-utilizing approaches can be used as a soliton for achieving sustainability. The biodiversity-based SDG Labs are groups that bring together participants from a range of research disciplines and sectors of society to develop solutions to complex problems that help to make progress towards implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Closing Session (8:45 am - 9:15 am)

Remarks will be made by representatives of co-organizing institutions.

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26 Apr 2021 · Supported Event · Zoonotic Diseases · ISZS

Mini-symposium on Zoonotic Disease and 12th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ)

IUBS and the International Society of Zoonotic Sciences (ISZS) organise a Virtual Mini-symposium on Zoonotic Disease and 12th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ)  on 26th April 2021.

The theme of this program is to promote integrative studies on zoonotic diseases among scientists of different disciplines, so as to reveal the transmission pattern and dynamic of key zoonotic diseases which are imposing a high threat to humans. Serial mini-symposia (held on 26 April and 27 September 2021) are a part of the activities for the ISZS/IUBS Zoonotic Diseases Working Group.

The program is free and open to all.

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27 Apr 2021 · Webinar · Supported Event · Event

IUBS Centenary Webinar Series: Third Lecture: “Gombe and Beyond”

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was established in 1919 as a non- governmental and non-profit organization comprising of National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies. Since then IUBS is functioning as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food and nutrition, health etc.

The third lecture in the IUBS Webinar Series will be delivered by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, on 27th April 2021, at 1:30 pm GMT.  The title of the webinar is: “Gombe and Beyond”. An ethologist and environmentalist, with ongoing research spanning more than six decades, Dr. Goodall is a pioneer in studying the behavior, social organization, and cognitive abilities of chimpanzees. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace.

The second lecture of the Webinar Series was delivered on 10th March 2021 by Sean B. Carroll, an award-winning biologist, educator, film producer, author and science communicator on “The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity".

The first lecture of the webinar series was delivered by Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate on “Forgetting How to Tend the Soil” on 2nd October 2020.

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10 Mar 2021 · Webinar · Event

IUBS Centenary Webinar Series: "The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity"

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was established in 1919 as a non- governmental and non-profit organization comprising of National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies. Since then IUBS is functioning as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food and nutrition, health etc.

The first lecture of the webinar series was delivered by Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate on “Forgetting How to Tend the Soil” on 2nd October 2020.

The second lecture of the Webinar Series will be delivered on 10th March 2021 by Sean B. Carroll, an award-winning biologist, educator, film producer, author and science communicator on

“The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity”

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02 Oct 2020 · Webinar · Event

IUBS Centenary Webinar Series: In conversation with Rattan Lal, this year’s World Food Prize Winner

Since the establishment in 1919 as a non- governmental and non-profit organization comprising of National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies, IUBS is functioning as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food & nutrition, health etc.

The first Lecture of this Webinar Series was delivered by Prof Rattan Lal, this year’s World Food Prize Awardee and he spoke on "Forgetting How to Tend the Soil”, on 2nd October 2020. For details, read more.

 

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28 Feb 2020 · Supported Event · South Africa · ISZS

Announcement of 23rd International Congress of Zoology

The 23rd International Congress of Zoology (ICZ) by the Zoological Society of Southern Africa, which was supposed to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2020 is now rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is rescheduled in November 2021.

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30 Nov 2019 · Conference · Supported Event · ICPPR

XI Mesoamerican Congress On Native Bees

“XI Mesoamerican Congress On Native Bees” was held on 27-29 November 2019 in Mexico. This congress was sponsored by IUBS.

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22 Nov 2019 · Egypt · Conference · Supported Event · Event

Cairo Science Forum

"The Cairo Science Forum: Science Diplomacy and Recent Developments in Biology" held on 19-21 November 2019 in Cairo, Egypt was co-sponsored by IUBS. The conference promotes exchanges between colleagues from all over the world and from all biological sub-disciplines – and beyond – in order to promote biological research across these disciplines.

 

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08 Nov 2019 · Gender Equality · Supported Event · Event

Conference on Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It

The 'Conference on Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?' presented the results of a three-year collaborative project (2017-2019), funded by the International Council for Science, of eleven major scientific international unions and organizations including IUBS. Final meeting meeting included findings and acheivements, discussions over the resutls, conclusions and recommendations.

Presentation and reports of the conference are avaialble at: http://indico.ictp.it/event/8731/other-view?view=ictptimetable

Other information related to the project and the conference is available at:

https://gender-gap-in-science.org

https://www.ictp.it/about-ictp/media-centre/news/2019/11/gender-gap-science.aspx

 

 

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26 Oct 2019 · Hungary · Young Scientists · Supported Event · Event

BIOMAT 2019 – 19th International Symposium on Mathematical and Computational Biology

“BIOMAT 2019 – 19th International Symposium on Mathematical and Computational Biology” was held from October 21-25, 2019 in Hungary. This symposium was sponsored by IUBS under Young Scientist initiative.

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15 Sep 2017 · Supported Event

Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society

IUBS sponsors the Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), which takes place at Bielefeld University in the North of Germany from 12th to 15th September 2017.

Details at the conference website

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10 Sep 2019 · Conference · Young Scientists · Supported Event · Mongolia · Russia · Event

Natural environment and biodiversity of Mongolia: evolution, ecology and sustainable development

"Natural environment and biodiversity of Mongolia: evolution, ecology and sustainable development” was held on 5-9 September, 2019 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and 15-17 October, 2019 in Moscow, Russia

This event was sponsored by IUBS under Young Scientists initiative.

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30 Aug 2019 · Supported Event · Spain

ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life

“ESP-IUPB World Congress on Light and Life” was held on 25-30 August 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. This event was sponsored by IUBS.

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05 Sep 2019 · Supported Event · BioEducation · Event · Sweden

Sophisticatd but inexpensive experimental modules in Biology for rural schools in developing countries

Meeting of the transversal project: “Sophisticatd but inexpensive experimental modules in Biology for rural schools in developing countries”  was held in Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Lund,  The meeting was organized by Prof. Eric Warrant.

01 May 2019 · Programme · Event · ICPPR

Workshop on Managed Pollinators

Ecological Intensification in Agroecosystems: Application of managed pollinators to crop protection and production

We propose an initial Interdisciplinary workshop to assemble an international team of experts to address how to transfer this successful technology to crops around the world and to provide a win-win situation for growers from cottage industry to large scale plantations. A special working group is being organized within the ICPPR to allow effective communication worldwide.

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30 Apr 2019 · Egypt · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU Workshop for teachers at Cairo, Egypt

The TROP ICSU team conducted a teachers workshop in Cairo, Egypt in April 2019. This workshop was conducted in collaboration with our partner Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), Egypt.

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20 Apr 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education · South Africa

TROP ICSU Workshop for teachers at South Africa

The TROP ICSU team conducted a teachers workshop in Pretoria, South Africa in April 2019. This workshop was conducted in collaboration with our partner International Science Council – Regional Office for Africa (ISC-ROA).    

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18 Feb 2019 · Event

Gender Gap: Coordination Meeting

A coordination meeting of the Gender Gap Project will take place on 18 and 19 February 2019 in Berlin at the  Einstein Center Digital Future. The partners  will give the results of the different tasks and prepare The International Conference that will be held from 4 to 8 November 2019 at ICTP Trieste.

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14 Feb 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU: Climate and Pedagogy Workshop for Teachers at Bhutan, Asia

The TROP ICSU team conducted a workshop for teachers at Bhutan on 14th-15th February 2019, in collaboration with Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Development Studies (CDRR&CDS), Royal University of Bhutan, Rinchending, Bhutan and Commission on Education and Outreach, IASPEI. Over 60 high school and undergraduate colleges/university teachers from Bhutan participated in this workshop.

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23 Nov 2018 · Egypt · Young Scientists

Participation of Young Scientists in 4th Science Forum

IUBS sponsored the participation of 4 young scientists in the 4th Science Forum organized during the COP 14  on 23-24 November 2018 in Egypt. Renu Kumari from India, Sameh Hamdy Soror, Mai Abdelmoaz Allam and Mohamed Ezzat Abdelhack, from Egypt actively participated in the forum by facilitating the group discussions during the 2 days.
(Photo: Left to right: Mohamed Ezzat Abdelhack, Sameh Hamdy Soror, Nathalie Fomproix, Renu Kumari and Mai Abdelmoaz Allam)

 

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