Location & dates Virtual 4 - 5 Nov 2020 Register Now
Deadlines Registration - 14 Oct 2020

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.


Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.


More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.

Preliminary Programme

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  • The virtual conference includes talks by invited speakers with live Q&A sessions after each talk. 
  • Information on the live stream and access to the discussion platform and panel discussion session will be provided shortly before the start of the event.
  • Access to the recorded talks will be available for 1 week after the start of the event.

The following time is used in the programme below:

  • Central European Time (CET): eg. Berlin, Amsterdam Paris

To find out the equivalent time zone in your location, enter Berlin, the CET programme time and your city into the Time Zone Converter.

Please note this is a preliminary programme and is not yet finalised.

Day 1 - Wednesday 4 November 2020
TimeSpeaker
09:00 - 09:15 (CET)

Welcome address and introduction by:
Edith Heard - Director General of EMBL
Lucia von Bredow - Science and Society Programme Manager, EMBL Heidelberg

09:15 - 10:05 (CET)

Keynote lecture: The evidence for mass extinctions
Michael Benton - University of Bristol, UK
Introduced by Lucia von Bredow

10:05 - 10:25 (CET)

Open discussion with Michael Benton
Moderated by Lucia von Bredow

10:25 - 10:30 (CET)

Transition over to Meet the keynote speaker

10:30 - 11:00 (CET)

Meet the keynote speaker with Michael Benton
Moderated by Lucia von Bredow

11:00 - 11:30 (CET)

Break

11:30 - 14:25 (CET)

Virtual Session 1 - The Anthropocene extinction: Scientific overview
Chaired by Cornelius Gross - EMBL Rome, Italy

11:35 - 12:10 (CET)

A sixth mass extinction? The global state - and possible futures - of biodiversity in the Anthropocene
Andy Purvis - Natural History Museum, UK

12:10 - 12:45 (CET)

The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss
Katja Tielbörger - University of Tübingen, Germany

12:45 - 13:20 (CET)

Insect loss in the Anthropocene
Hans de Kroon - Radboud University, The Netherlands

13:20 - 13:50 (CET)

Open discussion with speakers from Virtual Session 1:
Andy Purvis
Katja Tielborger
Hans de Kroon
Moderated by Cornelius Gross

13:50 -13:55 (CET)

Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 1

13:55 - 14:25 (CET)

Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 1 in individual breakout rooms with:
Andy Purvis
Katja Tielborger
Hans de Kroon
Moderated by Holger Breithaupt, Lucia von Bredow

14:25 - 14:55 (CET)

Break

14:55 - 17:50 (CET)

Virtual Session 2 - The environmental and societal impact of mass extinction
Chaired by Holger Breithaupt - EMBO Reports, Germany

15:00 - 15:35 (CET)

Microbial diversity: How much is there and where is it headed?
Roberto Kolter - Harvard University, USA

15:35 - 16:10 (CET)

The environmental impacts of animal biodiversity loss and restoration
Yadvinder Malhi - University of Oxford, UK

16:10 - 16:45 (CET)

Soil biodiversity and human health: An emerging research priority
Diana H. Wall - Colorado State University, USA

16:45 - 17:15 (CET)

Open discussion with speakers from Virtual Session 2:
Roberto Kolter
Yadvinder Malhi
Diana H. Wall
Moderated by Holger Breithaupt

17:15 - 17:20 (CET)

Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 2

17:20 - 17:50 (CET)

Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 2 in individual breakout rooms with:
Roberto Kolter
Yadvinder Malhi
Diana H. Wall
Moderated by Holger Breithaupt, Brendan Rouse and Lucia von Bredow

17:50 - 18:05 (CET)

Break

18:05 - 19:30 (CET)

Virtual speed networking
Hosted by Brendan Rouse and Lucia von Bredow

19:30 (CET)

End of Day 1

Continued access to networking and discussion platforms

Day 2 - Thursday 5 November 2020
TimeSpeaker
09:00 - 09:50 (CET) Keynote lecture: Extinction - the elephant's tale
Frank Pope - Save the Elephants, Kenya
Introduced by Edith Heard
09:50 - 10:10 (CET) Open discussion with Frank Pope
Moderated by Edith Heard
10:10 - 10:15 (CET) Transition over to Meet the keynote speaker
10:15 - 10:45 (CET) Meet the keynote speaker with Frank Pope
Moderated by Lucia von Bredow
10:45 - 11:15 (CET) Break
11:15 - 14:10 (CET) Virtual Session 3 - Scientific, societal and technological responses to mass extinction (part 1)
Chaired by Sara Formichetti - EMBL Rome, Italy
11:20 - 11:55 (CET)

The Rise Up Movement
Vanessa Nakate - Rise Up Movement, Uganda

11:55 - 12:30 (CET)

From the micro to the macro - a youth leader's perspective
Marlow Baines - Earth Guardians, USA

12:30 - 13:05 (CET)

From local to global, stakes and policy on biodiversity conservation
Henri Landes - Sciences Po, France

13:05 - 13:35 (CET)

Open discussion with speakers from Virtual Session 3 (part 1):
Vanessa Nakate
Marlow Baines
Henri Landes
Moderated by Sara Formichetti

13:35 - 13:40 (CET)

Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 3 (part 1)

13:40 - 14:10 (CET)

Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 3 (part 1) in individual breakout rooms with:
Vanessa Nakate
Marlow Baines
Henri Landes
Moderated by Sara Formichetti, Manuel Carbajo Martinez and Lucia von Bredow

14:10 - 14:40 (CET)

Break

14:40 - 18:10 (CET)

Virtual Session 3 - Scientific, societal and technological responses to mass extinction (part 2)
Chaired by Manuel Carbajo Martinez - EMBL-EBI Hinxton, UK

14:45 - 15:20 (CET)

Bioremediation at a global scale: From the Petri dish to planet Earth
Víctor de Lorenzo - National Center of Biotechnology of the Spanish National Research Council, Spain

15:20 - 15:55 (CET)

Banking on our future - the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
Elinor Breman - Kew Gardens, UK

15:55 - 16:30 (CET)

The evolution of the sustainably built environment: Driving the market for better buildings
Ted Hyman - ZGF Architects, USA

16:30 - 17:05 (CET)

Protecting the Amazon, the environment and the rights of indigenous peoples
Benki Piyãnko - Community leader of Apiwtxa, Brazil

17:05 - 17:35 (CET)

Open discussion with speakers from Virtual Session 3 (part 2):
Víctor de Lorenzo
Elinor Breman
Ted Hyman
Benki Piyãnko
Moderated by Manuel Carbajo Martinez

17:35 - 17:40 (CET)

Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 3 (part 2)

17:40 - 18:10 (CET)

Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 3 (part 2) in individual breakout rooms with:
Víctor de Lorenzo
Elinor Breman
Ted Hyman
Benki Piyãnko
Moderated by Sara Formichetti, Manuel Carbajo Martinez, Brendan Rouse and Lucia von Bredow

18:10 - 18:25 (CET)

Break

18:25 - 19:30 (CET)

Virtual Session 4 - Expert panel on intervention
Chaired by Brendan Rouse - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Panel talk by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema - United Nations Environment Programme Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada

Panel members:
Kiran Patil - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Lara Urban - University of Otago, New Zealand

19:30 - 19:40 (CET)

Closing remarks by Lucia von Bredow

19:40 (CET)

End of conference