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 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”

Moderated by Eric Warrant, Lund University, Sweden

Second Lecture of Webinar Series

"The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity"

Date: 10th March 2021
Time: 1:00 PM GMT                        

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About the Speaker

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, educator, and film producer. He leads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), is the Head of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and is the Andrew and Mary Balo and Nicholas and Susan Simon Endowed Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland. He is also the Emeritus Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin.

He is an internationally recognized evolutionary biologist, and his research has focussed on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. In recognition of his scientific contributions, he has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and elected as an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

A prominent science communicator in print, on radio, and on television, Carroll is the author of multiple books. He is a winner of Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science - an award  that honors “the rare individual” who bridges the worlds of science and the humanities.

Carroll has served as executive producer or executive in charge of several feature documentary films or series. His documentary film, The Serengeti Rules has won Emmy for Outstanding Nature Documentary along with several other top awards at numerous film festivals across the globe.. Based on the book by Sean B. Carroll and co-produced by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Passion Pictures, The Serengeti Rules has the power to change the way one sees nature.

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About the Lecture

Everything in nature is regulated - from the numbers of vital molecules in our bloodstream to the number of lions in an African savanna. Over the past fifty years, two revolutions have unfolded in biology in understanding the regulation of life at these two scales.

In this lecture, Dr. Carroll will discuss the discovery of the "The Serengeti Rules," the ecological rules that regulate the numbers and kinds of animals and plants in any given place, and how they are being applied to restore some of the greatest wildernesses on the planet.

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The Quest to Discover

How Life Works and Why It Matters

How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In the Serengeti Rules, award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon.

One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated—there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar—there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary lifesaving medicines and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet.


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