Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 9 - 10 Nov 2012
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Day 1 - Friday, 9 November 2012
08:00 - 08:50 Registration
08:50 - 09:00 Welcome and Introduction
  Maria Leptin, Director of EMBO and Halldór Stefánsson, Science and Society Programme Manager, EMBL
09:00 - 10:00 Opening Keynote Lecture: Rita R. Colwell, University of Maryland, USA
  Evolution of the Vibrio cholerae Genome
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break, ATC foyer
  Session I: The evolving web of life: continuities and discontinuities
Chair: Volker Storch, Heidelberg University, Germany
10:30 - 11:15 Michael J. Benton, University of Bristol, UK 
  Origins of biodiversity on land
11:15 - 12:00 Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz, Germany
  On the origin of biodiversity:
Darwin's mystery of mysteries and what do we know today about the patterns and processes of speciation
12:00 - 12:45 Ilkka Hanski, University of Helsinki, Finland
  Biodiversity in decline
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch, ATC foyer
  Session II: Assessing, mapping and researching forms of life
Chair: Volker Storch, Heidelberg University, Germany
14:15 - 15:00 Jesse H. Ausubel, The Rockefeller University, USA
  Macroscopes for Biodiversity
15:00 - 15:45 Rebecca Miller, IUCN Red List Unit, UK
  Nature in crisis: Assessing the status, trends and threats to biodiversity
15:45 - 16:30 Eric Karsenti, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany and Colomban de Vargas, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France
  TARA OCEANS: A multidisciplinary approach of plankton ecosystems around the world
16:30 - 17:00  Coffee break, ATC foyer 
17:00 - 18:30  Panel discussion

Chair: Volker Storch, Heidelberg University, Germany
All the speakers as panelists

18:30 - 19:15 Aperitif, ATC foyer
19:15 - 21:00  Conference dinner, EMBL canteen 
Day 2 - Saturday, 10 November 2012
09:00 - 09:45 Opening Keynote Lecture: Sir Robert May, University of Oxford, UK
  Science Advice and Policy Making in Relation to Biodiversity
  Session III: Biodiversity: benefits and the risks of loss
Chair: Halldor Stefansson, EMBL
09:45 - 10:30 Shahid Naeem, Columbia University, USA
  Ecological capacity and biological insurance: Why all those millions of species matter
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break, ATC foyer
11:00 - 11:45 Heidi Wittmer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
  TEEB - The Economics of Ecoystems and Biodiversity:
using the ecosystem service concept at the science policy interface
11:45 - 12:30 Tari Haahtela, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland
  Nature gets poor, we get sick
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch, EMBL canteen
  Session IV: Human impact and visions of sustainability
Chair: Esther Turnhout, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
14:00 - 14:45 Camille Parmesan, University of Texas, USA
  Creative Conservation in a Changing Climate
14:45 - 15:30 Volker Mosbrugger, Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, Germany
  Bio-Geoengineering - a key to sustainability?
15:30 - 16:15 Harold A. Mooney, Stanford University, USA
  The new intergovernmental platform for biological diversity and ecosystem services (IPBES)—What it is, what it will do, and how we got there.
16:15 - 16:45 Coffee break, ATC foyer
16:45 - 18:15 Panel discussion

Chair: Michele Garfinkel, EMBO
All the speakers, plus Esther Turnhout, Wageningen University 
as panelists 

18:15 - 18:30 Closing remarks: Iain Mattaj, Director General, EMBL