This year the QCBS will hold its annual symposium (Oct 29-30th) at the Westin Hotel, in conjunction with the 19th Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) meeting of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (to be held in Montreal Nov. 2-7 2015). A joint workshop, co-organized by the QCBS, the SCBD and the Future Earth (international programme on sustainable development, www.futureearth.org) is planned for Octobter 31st at the ICAO. The goal is to foster the translation of biodiversity science into advice for practitioners and policy makers from around the world.
QCBS symposium 2015
October 29th, 2015 : Day 1 of the QCBS conference will consist of three parallel sessions of talks by QCBS researchers on all dimensions of biodiversity science.
October 30th, 2015 : Day 2 will comprise of three panels on nexus issues linking biodiversity to cities, agrosilvopastoral systems, and health. The panels will involve talks by experts on the topic and then a Q&A with the audience. This will be followed by a poster session and cocktail.
Joint SCBD-Future Earth-QCBS Workshop
October 31st, 2015 : Day 3 will focus on the nexus between human well-being and biodiversity during a joint QCBS-SCBD-Future Earth workshop (31st Oct). The conclusions of the 3 panels organized on day 2 will be presented to all participants. World Cafe style discussions in the afternoon will stimulate ideas to enhance interactions and collaboration between the CBD, Future Earth and the QCBS.
November 2-7, 2015 : Nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19)
Every year the QCBS hosts a 2 to 3 day symposium for members, other researchers, students, government, the private sector, NGOs, the media, and the general public. This is the principal venue for QCBS researchers to communicate their results to the scientific community, government and the general public. The symposium includes plenary talks given by members of the QCBS and other collaborating organizations, roundtable discussions, and presentations. Themes are chosen to engage the public on issues linking biodiversity to health, business and economy, climate and conservation. Major media outlets (TV and radio stations) are invited to join the audience and disseminate information from the conference.