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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Understanding Biodiversity: the next Big Science Project and how it will change politics

with

Graham Bell, McGill University

Natural ecosystems are large, complex biological machines that provide essential services to all life on the planet. Humans are now altering and simplifying these machines on a grand scale – removing many species, adding others and changing inputs.

Dr. Graham Bell believes that the need to understand and protect biodiversity will drive science and politics in the 21st century. An international authority on the development and evolution of natural systems, he will tell us why it matters that we know so little about ecosystems and have no theory capable of predicting how they will respond to our interventions. He will review the current state of biodiversity science and talk about new national and international initiatives that will attempt to close the knowledge gap. These projects include the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, an initiative with potentially far-reaching political, economic and social consequences.

Dr. Bell is a Professor in the Department of Biology at McGill University. His extensive list of publications includes an impressive seven articles in the prestigious journal Nature and three influential books on evolution. He is also the Director of the McGill Redpath Museum and the founding President of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, study and research related to ecology and evolution.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday October 28, 2010 NEW TIME 7:15 am - 8:45 am
NEW LOCATION: Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369, pagse@rsc.ca
Registration Deadline: Monday October 25, 2010