DIVERSITAS celebrates 23 years of existence and transition to Future Earth

Image: Peter Beesley http://peterbeesley.blogspot.com
The Celebration, which took place in Seville, Spain, on 30th September 2014, convened seventy guests representing past and present members of the DIVERSITAS community.

It showcased the achievements and legacy of DIVERSITAS over the course of its more than 20 years of existence and highlighted the new opportunities for biodiversity science afforded by the transition to Future Earth.

The programme included presentations from Frans Berkhout, interim Director of Future Earth, Steven Wilson, Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), and Wendy Watson-Wright, UNESCO.

The conference programme reflected the full scope of DIVERSITAS' work and engagement.

In parallel to the Celebration, the DIVERSITAS core projects (bioGENESIS, ecoSERVICES, ecoHEALTH and GMBA) held their respective annual Scientific Committees meetings. The joint Celebration/series of Scientific Committee meetings provided a unique opportunity for interactions between members of the DIVERSITAS community.

Attendance at the Celebration was upon invitation. The invitees were a sample of the much larger DIVERSITAS community of around 5,000 members.

Please refer to the DIVERSITAS website for key information about this event:

These videos were filmed during the Celebration Conference by a group of four student reporters who were invited to participate in the conference.

A selection of photos from the celebration can be found on Flickr.

PowerPoint presentations from the conference can be found on SlideShare