Conference Announcement

The Biological Sciences Division of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India is happy to announce an International Conference on Biodiversity: Issues & Concerns to be held at the Institute, as part of its Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, during November 21-23, 2007. The focus of this Conference will be to assess the nature and extent of biodiversity in multiple ecosystems, impacts of pressures on maintenance of biodiversity, human impacts and strategies of biodiversity conservation. It is hoped that this Conference will help identify appropriate areas of data collection and development of statistical and mathematical methodologies of data analysis and model building. Such models are helpful in identifying and implementing appropriate management strategies. Methodologies for objective monitoring of the impact of national biodiversity laws and their guidelines will also be discussed. An important expected outcome of this Seminar is that it will spawn research collaborations between biologists, statisticians and mathematicians.A panel discussion has been planned on Loss of Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences & Conservation with a view to open up a dialogue between scientists, researchers, activists and policy decision makers on the conservation and management of biodiversity.

CONFERENCE MAIN THEMES  

BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS  

Global Ecological Issues

Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems

Fragile Ecosystems

Marine and Fresh Water Ecosystems

BIODIVERSITY & HUMAN SOCIETY

Human Diversity in Contrasting Ecosystems

Human Genetic Diversity in the perspective of Evolution and Disease 

Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Human Health

 BIODIVERSITY: MAPPING, ASSESSMENT & MODELING

Documentation & Quantification

 Modeling Biodiversity: methods, usefulness & limitations

 Modeling : Statistical and Mathematical

 PANEL DISCUSSION

Loss of biodiversity : causes , consequences & conservation

 CONTACT INFO:       

Anjana Dewanji (anjana@isical.ac.in

                &

Sharmila Sengupta (sharmila@isical.ac.in)