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TalkScience@BL, November 2010

Professor Georgina Mace FRS CBE spoke at our 10th TalkScience event about the importance of biodiversity and the growing emphasis of ecosystems services in biodiversity targets and conservation.  To learn more, take a look at the slides from her presentation or listen to the podcast. Check out some photos on our Facebook page!

A lively debate followed Professor Mace’s talk.  Questions from our diverse audience included:

  • How are biodiversity targets set? And how are these targets implemented by organisations that work in these areas?
  • To what extent could actions to conserve biodiversity of vertebrates and the more conspicuous invertebrates entrain conservation of biodiversity of plants and micro-organisms?
  • Could re-creating complex ecosystems in urban/rural environments be a viable option?
  • How can we measure progress towards the 2020 biodiversity targets by measuring changes in ecosystems services? 
  • How can we successfully motivate the next generation of biodiversity stewards?

Professor Georgina Mace CBE FRS is Professor of Conservation Science and director of the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London.  She was instrumental in developing the IUCN Red List and has research interests that include the assessment of species extinction risk, biodiversity assessment, and the impact of climate change on biodiversity.

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