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New perspectives on biodiversity dynamics and

stewardship under future global change

Human activities and their consequences such as current rapidly rising global warming are reshaping the biosphere and as a consequence, we are facing a severe global biodiversity crisis, so severe that if unmitigated it may turn into a mass extinction. Hence, it is of utmost importance to improve our understanding of these dynamics and how they can be redirected towards a biodiverse future.

We plan a two-day international symposium at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) at Aarhus University on September 13-14, 2022. The symposium will be hosted by Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE).

The symposium addresses a crucial issue for humanity, namely how we are driving global environmental transformation and how we can steer dynamics towards sustainable planetary stewardship, safeguarding Earth’s rich biodiversity and liveable conditions for people.

With the symposium we will take stock of future biodiversity dynamics and approaches to ecosystem management in all its complexity and present studies that push the conceptual, methodological and empirical envelope in the field. We hope to shed light on future biodiversity and ecosystem diversity, provide the basis for better predictive models and societal responses, develop improved methodologies harnessing the power provided by technological advances, deliver a deeper understanding of human-biosphere linkages, and based hereon, better solutions towards sustainable planetary stewardship.

Uniquely, the symposium brings together scholars from across the human and natural sciences under the common focus of sharing insights and practices beyond the state-of-the-art.

The symposium will address four linked themes to improve our understanding of the ongoing global biosphere transformation and inform the much-needed shift towards sustainable biosphere stewardship:

We have 12 confirmed international, external speakers supplemented with the four core members of BIOCHANGE, and five local young up-and-coming researchers on the main program.