Events › Biosymposium 2015: The Functions and Values of Biodiversity
“The more biodiversity the better” has long been a central tenet of environmental policy. Recently this has been challenged. By drawing together an interdisciplinary group of leading biodiversity scientists, conservationists, economists and philosophers, the aim of the meeting is to address the following questions: What is the evidence that biodiversity has “value”? In other words: how convinced are we by evidence that biodiversity is important for ecosystem function, climate, food security, health, poverty alleviation and innovation? Does biodiversity provide ecosystem disservices as well as services? How good are our methods for quantifying value? How can research into ecosystem services better shape environmental policy? How far can and how far should economic approaches be used to solve the biodiversity crisis? Is there another way to assure widespread support for safeguarding nature?
- Lykke Andersen (Institute for Advanced Development Studies, Bolivia)
- Edward Anderson (Chemistry, Oxford)
- Mel Austen (Plymouth Marine Lab)
- Tom Bell (Imperial College London)
- Geoffry Bowker (University of California)
- Bram Büscher (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
- Rosaleen Duffy (SOAS, University of London)
- Dr Anthony Flemming (Syngenta UK)
- Charles Godfray (Oxford)
- Andrew Gonzalez (McGill)
- Hannah Griffiths (Lancaster)
- Andrew Hector (Plant Sciences, Oxford)
- Dieter Helm (Smith School, Oxford)
- Forest Isbell (University of Minnesota)
- Paul Jepson (OUCE, Oxford)
- Michel Loreau (CNRS, France)
- Georgina Mace (University College London)
- Don Maier, author of the book What’s So Good About Biodiversity?
- Bob May (Oxford)
- George Monbiot (The Guardian)
- Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser University)
- Camilo Mora (University of Hawaii)
- David Mouillot (Montpellier University)
- Arthur Mugisha (IUCN, Uganda)
- John O’Neill (University of Manchester)
- Alex Pigot (Groningen/Oxford)
- Graham Pilling (Secretariat of the Pacific Community, New Caledonia)
- Drew Purves (CEES, Cambridge)
- Dilys Roe (International Institute for Development and Environment)
- Robert Scotland (Plant Sciences, Oxford)
- Terry Sunderland (Center for International Forestry Research)
- Joseph Tobias (Zoology, Oxford)
- Lindsay Turnbull (Plant Sciences, Oxford)
- Sybille van den Hove (Median, Barcelona)
There will be eight speaker sessions, a panel debate and a formal poster session.
The symposium will be held at the Department of Zoology.
If you wish to present a poster please send us your abstract, up to 400 words long, for consideration. Deadline for submission of abstract is 1st December.
Download conference poster.
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