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.
To improve our understanding on how the individual components of this “System Earth” relate to each other, we need to focus on the interactions among its components and identify their reciprocal effects on the relevant spatial and temporal scales. Any ecological community is shaped by abiotic and biotic factors as well as by the phylogenetic history of the lineages, and the geological and climatic history. At the same time without an understanding of how geodynamic processes influence climate and landscape evolution, or global biodiversity, or how climate change affects past and present ecosystems, species and ecological communities, we will fall short in understanding present-day and future biodiversity.
This conference aims at presenting an integrative, systemic approach to natural history research, which is scientifically but also societally relevant. Today, humans have an unprecedented impact on the earth system with consequences not only for biodiversity and ecosystems, but for humanity’s well-being. Projections about future biodiversity and ecosystem services need to include data on the various components and interrelationships and on how environmental change has impacted biodiversity, ecosystems and human societies in the past.
The focus of this conference is outlined by the following questions:
- How do earth system processes affect climate and biogeochemical cycling? How did climate change affect ecosystems, ecological communities and human societies, and vice versa?
- How do earth system processes and climate affect macroevolution and ecological change? How does genomics change our view on evolutionary processes?
- How have ecosystems and ecological communities changed over long-time scales? What are the implications for conservation of ecosystems and species today and in the future?
- How do past and present-day changes in ecosystems and ecological communities affect conservation and ecosystem services for humans today and in the future? How can science be effective in policy-making and decision-making?
- How do scientific collections contribute to and shape geobiodiversity research? What are the opportunities and challenges for scientific collections in the future?
- How do we engage at the interfaces between science, policy and society?
Confirmed plenary speakers:
- Page Chamberlain (Stanford University)
- Catherine Graham (Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft WSL)
- Gerald Haug (Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry)
- Pincelli Hull (Yale University)
- Walter Jetz (Yale University)
- Georgina Mace (University College London)
- James Mallet (Harvard University)
- Jonathan Payne (Stanford University)
- Susanne Renner (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
- Klaus Töpfer (IASS Potsdam)
- Katrin Böhning-Gaese (Senckenberg & Goethe-University Frankfurt)
- Andreas Mulch (Senckenberg & Goethe-University Frankfurt)
- Volker Mosbrugger (Senckenberg & Goethe-University Frankfurt)
- Angelika Brandt (Senckenberg & Goethe-University Frankfurt)
- Susanne Fritz (Senckenberg & Goethe-University Frankfurt)
- Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou (Senckenberg & University of Tübingen)
- Walter Jetz (Yale University)
Information on participating / attending:
The regular participation fee is 100 € (special fees for students: 50 €, a proof of student status will be requested upon registration on site). The participation fee includes the ice breaker reception, coffee breaks and 2 lunches. The additional fee for the conference dinner on Monday evening is 30 €.
In case of registration after September 3rd (if there are still places available), 30 € are added to the registration fee.
Free entry for accredited journalists.
Online registration at
10/02/2017 09:00 - 10/03/2017 21:00
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Journalists, Scientists and scholars
Biology, Environment / ecology, Geosciences, Oceanology / climate, Social studies
Types of events:
Conference / symposium / (annual) conference
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URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event57686
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