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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.

The great biodiversity challenge: Conserving nature through a century of unprecedented change


Jeremy Kerr, Univerity of Ottawa

We rely on nature for a host of critical services, such as sustaining our food supply, maintaining soil fertility, or simply providing a few moments of relaxation in the midst of our busy lives. These services depend on the activities of myriad species from bees that pollinate our crops to trees that stabilize the soil and provide shade. But ecosystems and their inhabitants are under threat across the globe. As the global climate warms, species invade new areas that were once too cold for them and disappear from areas that are now too hot. The conditions for life on Earth are changing, which opens the door wide to novel and unfamiliar ecosystems. Professor Jeremy Kerr brings his perspective as a biodiversity scientist to this crisis and the discoveries that can contribute to its resolution.

Jeremy Kerr holds the University Research Chair in Macroecology and Conservation at University of Ottawa. He is President of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. His discoveries have been published in various scientific journals, such as Science, Nature, PNAS, Ecology Letters, Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Conservation Letters. He is also a leader in the development of citizen science in North America, serving as principal investigator for both and His work has been featured in the a number of newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star and on television, including CBS, ABC, and CBC's The National and As It Happens.

Presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after October 24, 2016


Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369