April 1, 2006


"Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy" is the theme of the 2006 AIBS annual meeting, to be held 24–25 May 2006 at the Westin Grand Hotel in Washington, DC. Plenary lectures and discussion groups of scientists, policy experts, economists, and journalists will approach the topic from several interwoven perspectives.

Plenary speakers are

  • Stephen Bocking (Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University, Canada): "Defining Effective Science for Biodiversity Policy"
  • Jamie Rappaport Clark (Defenders of Wildlife): "The Endangered Species Act under Attack: The Dynamic Interplay between Science and Policy"
  • Daniel Esty (Law School and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University): "From Science to Policy: Biodiversity Protection, Metrics, and Results"
  • Shahid Naeem (Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University): "Applications of Biodiversity Research to Human Well-being"
  • Richard B. Norgaard (Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley): "Values and Valuation in a Rapidly Changing World"
  • Stephen Polasky (Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul): "Valuing Ecosystem Services"

Panels and discussion groups will be held throughout the day on 25 May. The first discussion group, entitled "Communicating about Science in Public and Policy Arenas," will be led by Chris Mooney, Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and author of The Republican War on Science, and Matthew Nisbet, of the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. The second discussion group, "Valuing Ecosystem Services," will be led by plenary speakers Daniel Esty, Richard B. Norgaard, and Stephen Polasky. The third group, "The Endangered Species Act: Science Influencing Policy and Policy Influencing Science," will be led by Jamie Rappaport Clark, a plenary speaker, and J. Michael Scott, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho.

Attendees interested in working toward expanding career, professional development, and service opportunities in the biological sciences for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are welcome to register for the Diversity Luncheon. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the AIBS leadership, interact with members of the AIBS Human Resources Committee, and network with others who want to create a more diverse scientific community. The guest speaker for the Diversity Luncheon is Robert Stanton, former director of the National Park Service.

In addition, the annual meeting will be preceded on 23–24 May by an AIBS business meeting for the general membership, combined with a meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations, to discuss AIBS activities, plans, and priorities.

All sessions will take place in the Westin Grand Hotel, 2350 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 (three blocks north of the Foggy Bottom Metro station, on the edge of Georgetown). Special room rates are available until 21 April.

The early registration fee for individual AIBS members is $100; for nonmembers, $150 (which includes membership in AIBS and a subscription to BioScience for one year); for government employees, $90; for educators, $80; for students, $75.

Register now! Early registration ends 2 May, and attendance is limited to 200.

Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science, will lead a discussion session entitled "Communicating about Science in Public and Policy Arenas." Co-leader is Matthew Nisbet, School of Communication, The Ohio State University, who will speak on "Framing Science: Understanding the Battle over Knowledge."

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