Opening conference of CBD

The opening conference for Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics was held October 14-16 2013. The conference was opened by the dean of Faculty for Natural Sciences and Technology at NTNU, prof. Anne Borg. Then followed three days with interesting presentations and fruitful discussions. The list of speakers included:
Prof. Bernt-Erik Sæther (CBD)
Prof. Thomas F. Hansen (CEES, University of Oslo)
Prof. David Houle (University of Chicago)
Prof. Niels Dingemanse (LMU München and Max Planck Institute for Ornithology)
Prof. Steinar Engen (CBD)
Dr. Michael Morrissey (University of St. Andrews, UK)
Thomas Kvalnes (CBD)
Prof. Steve Beissinger (Unversity of Berkely)
Dr. Jean-Michel Gaillard (Univeristy of Claude Bernard, Lyon)
Dr. Aline M. Lee (University of Berkely)
Prof. Otso Ovaskainen (University of Helsinki)
Prof. Jarle Tufto (CBD)
Prof. Ben Sheldon (Univeristy of Oxford)
Prof. Marcel E. Visser (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

All photos: dr. Henrik Jensen

Sustainable Conservation: Bridging the gap between disciplines

The conference was held March 15th - 18th 2010 in Trondheim, Norway, by the Centre for Conservation Biology at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) and was part of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.

The goals of the conference were to:

  • Present the scientific basis for a sustainable conservation of natural resources.
  • Focus on the process of extinction and management actions that can increase the lifetime of populations both at the local and regional level.
  • Identify common principles for a sustainable management that also can ensure conservation.

Invited speakers are shown below. In addition, 20 contributed talks and more than 40 posters were presented. The conference brought together more than 260 researchers and conservationists from all over the world.

All photos and copyright: Aline Magdalena Lee.

Professor Stuart Pimm, Duke University, USA.


Professor Steven R. Beissinger, University of California at Berkeley, USA.


Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, USA.


Dr. John M. Drake, University of Georgia, USA.


Professor Ilkka Hanski, University of Helsinki, Finland.


Professor Russell Lande, Imperial College, London, UK.


Dr. William F. Fagan, University of Maryland, USA.


Professor Tim Caro, University of California at Davis, USA.


Dr. Hugh Possingham, The Ecology Centre, University of Queensland, Australia


Professor John M. Fryxell, University of Guelph, Canada.


Professor Steinar Engen, Centre for Conservation Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.


Dr. Hal Caswell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, USA.


Dr. Jane Reid, University of Aberdeen, UK.


Professor William J. Sutherland, University of Cambridge, UK.


Professor Sutherland's presentation had a dramatic start.


Professor Kjell Danell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden.


More than 260 researchers and conservationists attended the conference. Here they enjoy the presentation by Professor David Tilman, University of Minnesota, USA, given in absentia.


The coffee breaks gave opportunities for informal discussions and exchange of ideas (here: Philip J. DeVries and Steinar Engen).