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CDs of the materials from the “Biological Sciences for the 21st Century” symposium are being produced.  If you would like to request one, kindly send your name, mailing address, and contact information to  Please include the heading “May 2007 IUBS CD Request” in the subject line of your message.

Biological Sciences for the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in an Era of Global Change

A symposium exploring exciting developments in biological sciences research and how these developments could be harnessed to address world-wide challenges of promoting sustainable development in an era of global change

Session 1: Overviews of Key Developments in the Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences and the Challenge of Sustainability

William Clark, Harvard University, USA

Biocomplexity Applications in Addressing Global Issues
Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, USA

Advances and Challenges in Computational Biology
Stephen Emmott, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK

Advances in Molecular Techniques
Claire Fraser-Liggett, University of Maryland School of Medicine , USA

Advances in Integrating Knowledges
Jan Salick, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA

Advances in Capacity Building
Ismail Serageldin, The Library of Alexandria, Egypt

Session 2: The Challenge of Ecosystem Services

Natural Security: Ecosystems and Human Well-Being
Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University, USA

Complex Systems and the Challenge of Ecosystem Services
Simon Levin, Princeton University, USA

A Bountiful Harvest: Using What We Already Know and Will Know
James Reichman, University of California – Santa Barbara, USA

The Development of a Predictive Model for the Control of the Desert Locust
Onesmo ole-MoiYoi, International Center of Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya

Integrating Local and Scientific Knowledge Surrounding Tropical Ecosystem Goods & Services: Availability, Use and Policies
Lisa Curran, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, USA

Discussion on Capacity Building
Kamal Bawa, University of Massachusetts- Boston, USA
Onesmo ole-MoiYoi, International Center of Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya

Session 3: The Challenge of Food Security

Threats to an Evergreen Revolution in Agriculture
M.S. Swaminathan, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India

Putting it all Together at the Grass Roots in African Green Revolution
Pedro Sanchez, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA

Maize Genome Assembly, Mapping and Biofuels
Patrick Schnable, Iowa State University, USA

Using Livestock Diversity to Understand Genome Biology
Stephen Kemp, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya and University of Liverpool, UK

Knowledge Integration and Problem-solving for Sustainable Agriculture
Calestous Juma, Harvard University, USA

Capacity Building in the Biological Sciences for Food Security
Meryl Williams, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Australia

Session 4: The Challenge of Population Health

Population Health: Profile and Prospect in a Clever but Unwise World
Anthony McMichael, The Australian National University, Australia

Analyzing and Predicting the Complex Process of Disease Emergence and Spread
Peter Daszak, Consortium for Conservation Medicine, USA

Large-scale Genome Sequencing and Analysis of the Influenza Virus
Steven Salzberg, University of Maryland, USA

Can Microbial Genomics and Proteomics Contribute to Improve Human Health in the 21st Century?
Yu-Mei Wen, Fudan University, P.R. China

The Promise of an Integrative Approach, Combining Ayurvedic Knowledge with Western Bio-medical Sciences
Darshan Shankar, Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions, India

Capacity Building in Biology and Public Health in the 21st Century
Ulisses Confalonieri, National School of Public Health, Brazil

Session 5: The Energy Challenge
Genomics: Key for Ecological Studies, Renewable Fuel Production, and the Stabilization of Atmospheric Carbon
J. Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute, USA

Corrado Clini, Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
Anna Palmisano, United States Department of Agriculture

Session 6: Transforming Research into Solutions
Discussion by world leaders in science policy, reflecting the content of the symposium
and looking to the future

Education for Sustainability

A half-day symposium featuring strategies for the effective teaching of sustainability science

Introduction by the Symposium Organizer
John R. Jungck, Beloit College, Chairperson, U. S. National Committee to IUBS and Vice President, IUBS Commission on Biology Education

History of the IUBS Commission on Biology Education 
Talal Younes, Executive Director of IUBS, France

Maori and Western World Views Shape a Strong Environmental Ethic in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Charles H. Daugherty, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research); Professor of Ecology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Co-author: Kristina Ramstad

Data Enriched Sustainability in a Megabiodiverse World - Challenges and Potentials
Vishwas Chavan, Scientist, Information Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

Engaging Students in Sustainability Issues: Investigative Cases, Tools and Data
Margaret Waterman, Professor of Biology & Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Southeast Missouri State University and Associate Director, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

Towards a New Generation of Naturalist Citizens: INBio’s Bioliteracy Program
Natalia Zamora, Director, National Biodiversity Institute (INBioParque), Costa Rica

Practicing Education for Sustainable Development through Environmental Action Learning: A Case of Eco-schools in Kenya
Dorcas Otieno, Director Kenya Organization for Environmental Education

Teaching and Mediating Sustainability Science
André Giordan, President, IUBS Commission on Biology Education and Founder and Professor, the Laboratoire de Didactique et Epistémologie des Sciences (LDES), University of Geneva, Switzerland

Steering Committee for Biological Sciences for the 21st Century:
Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in an Era of Glocal Change

William Clark (Chair)
Harvard University

Bruce Alberts
University of California, San Francisco

Rita Colwell
University of Maryland

Claire Fraser-Liggett
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Mohamed Hassan
Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS)

Jane Lubchenco
Oregon State University

Julia Marton-Lefèvre
World Conservation Union

Tony McMichael
The Australian National University

M.S. Swaminathan
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

John C. Wooley
University of California, San Diego

Ex Officio
Kamal Bawa
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Joel Cracraft
American Museum of Natural History

Marvalee Wake
University of California, Berkeley

Support for This Meeting Was Generously Provided By:

• The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
• American Institute of Biological Sciences
• Association of College and University Biology Educators
• BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium
• The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
• Ford Foundation (New Delhi)
• International Union of Biological Sciences
• The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
• Monsanto Company
• Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
• National Academy of Sciences
• National Association of Biology Teachers
• National Science Foundation
• The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
• The Society for Mathematical Biology
• United States Department of Energy
• United States Geological Survey


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