Barcode of Life Initiative - Checking Life in Before it Checks
Paul Hebert, University of Guelph
Humans share the Earth with million of species, most of which,
even after 250 years of scientific investigation, remain unknown
to us. Major advances in genomics, coupled with Canadian ingenuity,
have now paved the way for the Barcode of Life - a revolutionary
new tool that will speed up the inventory of lifeforms and
provide new insights into the complexity of life on the planet.
University of Guelph biologist Dr. Paul Hebert developed the
concept and has aided international acceptance of the initiative.
He will tell us how DNA barcoding works and its implications
for ecological conservation as well for the management of
species that threaten human health and economic interests.
Paul Hebert has received national and international awards
for his work in evolutionary biology and digital media. Currently
the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity at the
University of Guelph, he previously served as Director of
the Great Lakes Institute at Windsor, as Chair of the Department
of Zoology at Guelph, and as Chair of the Huntsman Marine
Science Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. For further
details on the Barcode initiative, visit http://www.barcodinglife.org.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
DATE: Tuesday April 12, 2005 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
PLACE: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
COST: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators
& Media. All others - $10
PRE-REGISTRATION by Thursday April 7th is required. Please
register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: (613) 991-6369, fax: (613) 991-6996.
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)