Invited lectures:  


November 21, 2007 [Wednesday] 
Biodiversity & Human Society:

Prof. Anthony B Cunningham,

         Director, Ethnoecology Services, Fremantle, Australia 

        Title of the talk: Landscapes, people and biodiversity conservation: opportunities for quantitative 

                                  methods in ethno ecology 

Prof. Asis Datta,

         Director, National Centre for Plant Genome Research, New Delhi 

        Title of the talk: Plant Genomics: shaping the future of food and nutritional security

Prof. Kailash C Malhotra,

         Ex Prof., Anthropology, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. 

        Title of the talk: Culture and Biodiversity 

Prof. Partha P Majumder,

         Head, Human Genetics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

        Title of the talk: Human Genomic Diversity in India

Dr. Pratim Roy,

         Director, Keystone Foundation, Nilgiris.

        Title of the talk: Conservation, Enterprise & Livelihoods – Keystone’s initiatives in the Nilgiris Biosphere 

                                  Reserve Conservation

Dr. Ravi Chellam,

         Director & Senior Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment, Bangalore. 

        Title of the talk: Participatory Park Management in India: Opportunities & Challenges

November 22, 2007 [Thursday] 
Biodiversity & Ecosystems:

Mr. Jeffrey A. McNeely,

         Chief Scientist, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Switzerland. 

        Title of the talk: Biodiversity Conservation: Past, Present and Future

Prof. Peter Chesson,

         Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA 

        Title of the talk: Mechanisms of Maintenance of Species Diversity

Prof. A. K. Ghosh,

         Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata 

        Title of the talk: Future Biodiversity Scenario: India/Southeast Asia 

Dr. Debal Deb,

         Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Kolkata 

        Title of the talk: Ecosystem Complexity In Traditional Vs Conventional Rice Farming Systems: An 

                                  Empirical Assessment

Swapan Datta,

         Botany Department, University of Calcutta, Kolkata 

        Title of the talk: Genomic Biodiversity of Rice: Impact of green revolution to gene evolution

Prof. Subrata Pal,

         Department of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 

        Title of the talk: Is Microbial Diversity Infinite? 

November 23, 2007 [Friday] 
Biodiversity: Mapping, Assessment & Modeling:

Dr. M.S.R. Murthy,

         Head, Forestry & Ecology Division, National Remote Sensing Agency, Department of Space, Govt. of India, Hyderabad. 

        Title of the talk: Biodiversity characterization: approaches for documentation and quantification

Prof. Debasis Sengupta,

         Applied Statistics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata 

        Title of the talk: Estimation of animal abundance- elephant and tiger census in India

Dr. Joydev Chattopadhyay,

         Agricultural & Ecological Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata 

        Title of the talk: Plankton paradox- role of toxin producing phytoplankton's

Panel Discussion 
Loss of Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences & Conservation 
Moderated by: 
Professor Anil K. Gupta,
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad