The outcome of ecological research can make political action for biodiversity conservation necessary. This makes ecologists vulnerable as they can be viewed as stakeholders in societal debates. How independent are ecologists in their choice of subject and in the conclusions they draw from their work? What are the key issues with respect to their authority in political and societal debates?
On 26 September the University of Groningen will organize the William Laurance Symposium on Conservation Biology on the occasion of Heineken Prizes 2012 laureate Prof. William Laurance of James Cook University (Cairns, Australia), and Heineken Young Scientists Awards 2012 laureate Dr Tjisse van der Heide (CEES, University of Groningen), both working in the field of Environmental Sciences.
Admission to the symposium is free, but registration by e-mail is required.