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2006 AIBS Annual Meeting Set for May

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
1444 I (Eye) Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 628-1500
http://www.aibs.org/

For Immediate Release
18 January 2006

For more information, contact:
Sue Burk
AIBS Meetings Director
sburk@aibs.org

Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy is theme of this year’s annual meeting on May 24-25

Washington, DC. Plenary speakers and discussion groups at the 2006 AIBS Annual Meeting will approach the topic of “Biodiversity: The interplay of science, valuation, and policy” from a variety of crosscutting themes. In recent years policy makers have increasingly recognized the economic values associated with biodiversity, economists have found progressively more ways to incorporate values associated with biodiversity into economic thinking, and scientists have greatly added to the documentation supporting the variety of services that diverse ecosystems provide. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the diverse linkages among these fields. The rest of the meeting’s program is rounded out by events such as a poster session, AIBS awards, and a workshop on effective public policy activities for biologists.

All sessions take place May 24-25, 2006 in the Westin Grand Hotel, Washington DC. There is a registration fee but accredited members of the press are invited to attend all events at no charge. For more information, visit http://www.aibs.org/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2006.html.

The Annual meeting will be preceded, on May 23-24 May, by an AIBS business meeting for the general membership, combined with a meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations to receive updates on AIBS activities and discuss AIBS plans and priorities.

Attendees interested in working towards expanding career, professional development, and service opportunities for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the biological sciences are welcome to register for the AIBS Diversity Luncheon on 25 May. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the AIBS leadership, interact with members of the AIBS Human Resources Committee, and network with others interested in creating a more diverse scientific community.

For information about the annual meeting and other events, including exhibiting and sponsorship, contact Sue Burk at sburk@aibs.org. Members of the press can contact Erin Heath, AIBS Public Affairs Representative, at eheath@aibs.org.


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