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Annual Assembly of the Leopoldina

Date: Friday, 24 to Saturday, 25 September 2021
Location: Leopoldina, Jägerberg 1, 06108 Halle (Saale) and Online

In 2020, the Leopoldina is dedicating its Annual Assembly to the topic of “Biodiversity and the Future of Variety”. From 25–26 September, scientists will come together in Halle (Saale) to discuss the importance of biological diversity and how it can be preserved in the future.

The scientific coordinator of the Annual Assembly 2020 is Prof. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge. The biologist is Head of the Section Organismic and Evolutionary Biology of the Leopoldina.

Programme on Friday, 24 September 2021

9:00 am – 12:30 pm | Opening Ceremony

12:30 – 13:30 pm | Break

Scientific Session I | Biodiversity: Monitoring and Data Collection

13:30 – 14:15 pm | Biodiversity and People in the Anthropocene
Katrin Böhning-Gaese ML, Frankfurt/Main

14:15 – 15:00 pm | Reframing Biodiversity from the Data Up: Challenges from Plant Data Semantics
Sabina Leonelli, Exeter/UK

15:00 – 15:45 pm | Local Seeds and Global Needs: Ethnobotany, Agroecology, and the History of in situ Conservation in agriculture
Helen Curry, Cambridge/UK

15:45 – 16:15 pm | Break

Scientific Session II |Renaturation

16:15 – 17:00 pm | Rewilding the Earth, Rewilding our Lives
Harry W. Greene, Ithaca/USA

17:00 – 17:45 pm | Back where? Renaturation in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Martin Wilmking, Greifswald

20:15 pm | Evening Lecture

Biodiversity – Impact and Change
Christian Wirth, Leipzig

Programme on Saturday, 25 September 2021

Scientific Session III |Biodiversity – The Perspective of the Humanities

9:00 – 9:45 am | Collecting, Organizing, and Explaining Diversity: On the History of Biodiversity Research avant la lettre – CANCELLED
Kärin Nickelsen ML, Munich

9:45 – 10:30 am | Biodiversity and Complexity under Global Change
Ulrich Brose, Leipzig

10:30 – 11:15 am | Languages Threatened with Extinction
Manfred Krifka, Berlin

11:15 – 11:45 am | Break

Scientific Session IV | Biodiversity and Plant Protection

11:45 – 12:30 pm | Making Sense of Diversity: Functions of the Plant Microbiota for Plant Growth and Health
Paul Schulze-Lefert ML, Cologne

12:30 – 13:15 pm | The Influence of Crop Protection on Biodiversity
Urs Niggli, Frick/Switzerland

13:15 – 14:15 pm | Lunch

Scientific Session V | Food and Health

14:15 – 15:00 pm | World Food System and Biodiversity Conservation
Joachim von Braun ML, Bonn

15:00 – 15:45 pm | The Microbiome and its Importance for Human Health
Michael Wagner ML, Vienna/Austria

15:45 – 16:30 pm | Land Use and Species Communities in Ecosystems – on the Need for Large-Scale Field Research
Wolfgang Weisser, Freising

16:30 – 17:00 pm | Break

Scientific Session VI | Diversity as a Societal Goal

17:00 – 17:45 pm | The Dark Side of Biodiversity – Reciprocal Effects Between Humans and Soil Biodiversity
Nico Eisenhauer, Leipzig

17:45 – 18:30 pm | Giving the Future a Chance: Psychological Processes that Reduce Status-Quo Bias
Elke Weber ML, Princeton/USA

18:30 Uhr | Closing Remarks
ML = Member of the Leopoldina

Further information

The Annual Assembly is open to members of the Leopoldina as well as everyone interested. It is planned as a hybrid event.

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