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Biodiversity Science Conference

2018 Biodiversity Science Conference

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh 5-6 November 2018

Biodiversity Conservation Post 2020: New Challenges and New Approaches

The run up to 2020 is a critical time for biodiversity conservation, both nationally and internationally.  Species and habitat conservation faces a wide range of well-known but also new and poorly-understood challenges.  However, new initiatives and rapid changes in technology and thinking bring the promise of new solutions. 

At this year's Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Science conference we will consider some of the new challenges facing biodiversity conservation and the novel and innovative solutions biodiversity science can offer.

The conference will run from 13:00, Monday, 5 November to 13:00, Tuesday, 6 November.  It will focus on four main themes:

  • Species health and management
  • Landscape scale conservation
  • Climate change
  • Public engagement

Each session will include an overview keynote presentation, detailed talks on specific issues and short speed talks.

A poster session on the afternoon of Monday, 5 November will be followed by a keynote presentation on the evening of 5 November at RBGE.

We are delighted that Jane Smart, Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director, IUCN global Species Programme has agreed to give our keynote talk.

We are keen to hear about your thoughts on the conference.  To help us gather your suggestions and comments we will again be using an online feedback form.

The Biodiversity Science Conference is held every 12–18 months. It was most recently held on 9 November 2016 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The theme was ‘Connecting People and Environment’. You can read summaries and presentations from the conference.