08.10.2018

ARTS seminar series for the winter term

The seminar series starts on 11 October with "The decline of biodiversity and the necessity for biodiversity monitoring "


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The Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bonn regularly offers English lectures on a variety of topics. Below, please find the announcement of a seminar series for the winter term of 2018/19. For more information, please contact the Faculty of Agriculture, ARTS (Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics) at www.arts.uni-bonn.de.

Winter term at Uni Bonn started today. Focussing this time on the protection of biodiversity.

Programme of Seminar Series

The first guest is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wägele, director of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig and chair for Systematic Zoology at the university of Bonn. He will give an introduction on October 11 at 17 h on:

"The decline of biodiversity and the necessity for biodiversity Monitoring"

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. J. Wolfgang Wägele

Content: The ongoing global change of our environment forces us to act. If we are interested to hand down to our children a planet that offers good living conditions, we have to stop global warming and the unsustainable consumption of natural resources.
We are losing biodiversity, not only in the tropics but also in Central Europe and in North America. Last autumn, a scientific analysis, now famous as the "Krefeld study", proved that we have lost in German protected areas up to 80% of insect biomass within the last 30 years. The news spread over the planet and alarmed the media and many citizens. If we are losing insects at such an enormous rate, we have to assume that complete ecosystems are deteriorating. There are many potential causes for these losses, however, scientific analyses are missing. We need a long-term observation of our biological environment to be able to advice policy makers.

Venue: University of Bonn, Institut für Geodäsie und Geoinformation, Nussallee 1, Room: HS I

Further information: http://www.zfmk.de/

Organizer: ARTS (Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics)