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Conference announcement: Understanding Species Diversity on Earth

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

The conference "Understanding Species Diversity on Earth: Unifying Field, Museum and Laboratory Scientists in Global Biodiversity Study" will take place from November 6-8, 2005. It will be held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Biodiversity is a globally significant issue that concerns all aspects of life. For a comprehensive understanding of biological and ecological systems we depend on the expertise of researchers in the field, in laboratories as well as in museums. However, scientists in these areas often conduct their research separately. This conference seeks to bring together research and informatics communities with the intent to work towards a completion of the inventory of species on this planet, to chronicle the history of life on earth, and to train a new generation of students prepared and motivated to confront the biodiversity crisis.

The conference will be opened by NSF director Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., and the president of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker. "Understanding Species Diversity" is the second in a series of conferences co-financed by DFG and NSF with the intent to foster interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation. The DFG is the largest German funding organization for basic research in all fields of science and the humanities.

Conference results will be presented on Tuesday, November 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the AAAS Auditorium. Journalists are cordially invited to attend. To schedule an interview with German or US scientists, please contact Katrin Hagedorn at the the DFG's Washington office: phone: (202) 785-4206, email: katrin.hagedorn@dfg.de. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 3, 2005.

Further information: http://www.dfg.de/en/international/liaison_office/washington/index.html

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