By Cornelia Krug

June 4, 2019

News from: News from our network

Call for Session and Workshop Proposals now open!
Join us for the World Biodiversity Forum 2020 and explore the future of biodiversity.

The inaugural World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will bring to­geth­er lead­ing re­searchers, ear­ly ca­reer re­searchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent sec­tors, de­ci­sion-mak­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to have a con­ver­sa­tion on the kind of fu­ture we want (and/or do not want) for bio­di­ver­si­ty.

The Fo­rum will pro­vide a plat­form for ex­change, cov­er­ing a wide range of per­spec­tives, and cap­tur­ing a di­ver­si­ty of vi­sions. With this, it aims to re­de­fine and set the agen­da for bio­di­ver­si­ty as a fo­cal point over the next 10 years.

For more information on the World Biodiversity Forum, visit
or contact or

Contributions to the Forum should

  • High­light the im­por­tance and ben­e­fits of bio­di­ver­si­ty for hu­man well­be­ing, and the val­ue of bio­di­ver­si­ty re­search for so­ci­ety
  • High­light the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty and ac­count­abil­i­ty of the dif­fer­ent sec­tors and so­ci­etal ac­tors in re­gard to the con­ser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­si­ty
  • Iden­ti­fy what is need­ed to suc­cess­ful­ly im­ple­ment/use cur­rent knowl­edge on bio­di­ver­si­ty and ecosys­tem func­tion.
  • Iden­ti­fy best prac­tices for gen­er­a­tion of prod­ucts and ser­vices for dif­fer­ent sec­tors and so­ci­etal ac­tors, in­clud­ing cor­po­ra­tions.

Proposed sessions should cut across dis­ci­plines, cov­er a di­ver­si­ty of per­spec­tives and vi­sions and ad­dress cur­rent top­ics in nov­el ways.

We ac­cept pro­pos­als for the­mat­ic ses­sions and in­ter­ac­tive work­shops.

Deadline for submissions is 21 July 2019.

Thematic Sessions

Ses­sions pro­vide the plat­form to dis­cuss top­ics of in­ter­est in an in-depth man­ner. The pro­posed ses­sions can take dif­fer­ent forms, from the tra­di­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic ses­sions with one key note and 4 – 6 ad­di­tion­al talks, 4 – 6 talks lead­ing to an in-depth dis­cus­sion of a spe­cif­ic top­ic, or a pan­el or round ta­ble dis­cus­sion in­volv­ing 4 – 6 in­vit­ed par­tic­i­pants.

We en­cour­age ses­sion pro­pos­als that ex­am­ine the val­ue of bio­di­ver­si­ty for dif­fer­ent sec­tors and the ex­ist­ing/en­vis­aged com­mit­ments of sec­tors, so­ci­etal ac­tors and pol­i­cy to im­ple­ment mea­sures that pro­tect and con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty, and lead to e.g. spe­cial is­sues in jour­nals, jour­nal ar­ti­cles, white pa­pers, pol­i­cy briefs, and more.

Submit your session proposal


Work­shops are in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions and build on ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the au­di­ence. They fos­ter net­work­ing, fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­ac­tion and con­tribute to skills de­vel­op­ment. Work­shops can be con­ceived as train­ing work­shops, or as work­shops to pre­pare e.g. a joint pub­li­ca­tion or a se­ries of meet­ings around a spe­cif­ic top­ic.

We do have slots avail­able for

  • 1-day work­shops (pre­ced­ing the con­fer­ence, lim­it­ed slots avail­able)
  • 4-hour work­shops (morn­ing or af­ter­noon)
  • 2- hour work­shops (morn­ing or af­ter­noon)
  • lunch-time work­shops (1 – 1.5 hours)

Submit your workshop proposal

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Cornelia Krug,
on behalf of the Scientific Organisation Committee of the World Biodiversity Forum
Michael Schaepman, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Lynne Shannon,
Anna Deplazes-Zemp, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Maria Joao Santos, Owen Petchey,
Rees Kassen, Craig Starger, Eva Spehn and Debra Zuppinger-Dingley

World Biodiversity Forum – Call for Session and Workshop Proposals now open!