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12th International Congress of Ecology opened in Beijing


On August 21, the 12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017 Beijing) was opened at China National Convention Center in Beijing. The theme of the Congress was “Ecology and Civilization in a Changing World”. Luo Fuhe, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC, Shona Myers, President of the International Association of Ecology, Zhang Jianlong, Director General of the State Forestry Administration, Shu Wei, Member of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Executive Secretary of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), and Fu Bojie, Vice President of International Association of Ecology, Chair of Congress Scientific Committee of INTECOL 2017 and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) attended the opening ceremony and addressed the audience, calling on ecological workers to pay attention to ecological civilization and sustainable development and jointly promote the development of ecology and social harmony. Liu Shirong, Chair of the Congress Organizing Committee and President of the Ecological Society of China, presided over the opening ceremony. Present at the Congress were Jiang Youxu, Academician of CAS, Li Wenhua, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Prof. Alan Covich, Vice President of the International Association of Ecology and Co-Chair of the Congress Scientific Committee.


12th International Congress of Ecology


Three plenary lectures were held following the opening ceremony. Gretchen C. Daily, Member of the US National Academy of Sciences and Professor of Stanford University, Liu Shirong, President of the Ecological Society of China, and Prof. Hideaki Shibata of Hokkaido University, Japan, gave presentations entitled the Science and Practice of Valuing Nature in Decisions, China’s Research in Ecology - Interface between Science and Policy-Making and Changing Winter Climate after Nitrogen Biogeochemistry in Northern Forest Ecosystems respectively.


During the next four days, nine plenary lectures took place. Prof. William Sutherland of University of Cambridge, Prof. AnikóKovács-Hostyánszki of the Institute of Ecology and Botany, Hungary, Prof. William J. Bond of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Prof. James S. Clark of Duke University, USA, Prof. Norma Salinas of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru,  Prof. Kai Ming Adam Chan of University of British Columbia, Canada, Prof. Sandra S. Luque of the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, France, Prof. Ouyang Zhiyun, Research Fellow of CAS Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, and Prof. BastiaanIbelings of University of Geneva, Switzerland, will give presentations entitled Collaborating the Global Evidence and Using it to Make Local Conservation Decisions, Bee or not to Be? - Importance of Wild Bees for Well-Being and the Threats of Land Use Change, Ecology on the Light Side: Explorations of Non-Forested Ecosystems, Generative Models for Ecological Forecasting: How Entire Communities Will Respond to Climate Change, Understanding Tropical Forests and Climate Change: a Journey along an Elevation Transect in the Amazonia andAndes, Leveraging Values for Societal Transformations towards Sustainability: Some Bold Propositions, A World in Crisis - Human and Nature a Complex Intertwined Relation Changing the Environment, Ecosystem Pattern, Services, Challenges and Governance in China, and From Vials to Lakes: on the Role of Environmental Complexity for Eco-evolutionary Feedbacks in Microbial Communities respectively.


From 21 to 24 August, issues on the following 12 fields will be discussed, including ecosystem services and management, global climate change and ecosystem adaptation, urbanization and regional environmental change, biogeochemical cycles, evolutionary ecology and molecular ecology, conservation ecology and ecosystem health, at 74 sub forums, 902 presentations and 278 poster sessions. During the Congress, other academic events will take place, including Beijing Ecological Civilization and Green Development Forum, International Forum on Landscape Sustainability, Youth Scholars' Vocational Training and Guidance, Journal Editing and Publication and Information Exchange. A variety of exhibitions and demonstrations planned and organized by journal publishing houses, ecological instrument companies, social organizations and enterprises will help to build a bridge for ecological research to enter the community and serve enterprises and government decision-making.


International Congress of Ecology was initiated by the International Association of Ecology in 1967 and is held every four years. It is the highest and most influential academic conference in the field of global ecology. The 12th International Congress of Ecology was hosted by the Ecological Society of China and the CAS Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences. CAST, CAS, the State Forestry Administration and the China Green Foundation gave great support to the Congress. About 2,400 experts, scholars and representatives from 73 countries and regions, including China, the United States, Britain, Germany and France, attended the Congress.


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