An international symposium dedicated to the roles of natural history museums and similar institutions in the understanding and management of biodiversity will take place in Paris, 18 - 19 October 2007.
Attending the conference will be representatives from the Natural History Museum (UK), the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (France), the Smithsonian Institution (USA) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK).
The symposium aims to emphasise the specific actions that natural history instututions can take in the discovery and understanding of biodiversity, and their contribution to policy development in environmental issues. To be held at the Jardin des Plantes at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, the symposium also aims to reinforce co-operation between natural history institutions world wide.
All abstracts submitted will be reviewed by a scientific commitee. Deadline for abstract submission is 27 July 2007. For more information visit the symposium website.
The Jardin des Plantes was created by King Louis XIII, and was directed by Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon from 1739 until his death in 1788. During his time as director, Buffon transformed the garden into a National Museum of Natural History. The symposium will be held on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Buffon’s birth.
Other areas discussed at the symposium will include research and scientific communication for raising ecological awareness in society. Dr Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum, will chair the session on Natural History Institutions and Society.
The Buffon International Symposium 2007 will be held under the patronage of the French Academy and with the partnership of ICOM-France.
For more information visit the symposium website.