2–6 September 2019


Mercedes Bustamante | University of Brasilia, Brasil

Mercedes Bustamante is a biologist working mainly on the ecology of ecosystems in particular in themes related to changes in land use, biogeochemistry, and global environmental changes. She was coordinating lead author of the chapters "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses" of Working Group III: Mitigation of the 5th Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and "Direct and indirect drivers of change in biodiversity and nature's contributions to people" of the IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for the Americas. In scientific and educational policy management, she has contributed as General Coordinator of Ecosystem Management and Director of Policies and Thematic Programs in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Director of Brazilian Programs and Scholarships of Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), and member of the Advisory Committee of the Ecology and Limnology of Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Phil de Cola | Sigma Space Corporation, USA

Bojie Fu | Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

is professor in geography and landscape ecology at the Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS) and Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society Edinburgh UK. Dr. Fu is the President of Chinese Geographical Society, Vice President of International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), MEP member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Deputy Director of scientific committee of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network and Vice Chair of CNC – Future Earth. His research focuses on interactions between human beings and the environments. He published more than 400 scientific papers and 10 books, over 190 in international journals including Science. He is one of pioneers for the development of landscape ecology in China. His achievements made significant contributions to the understanding of interactions between landscape pattern and ecological processes, land use change and ecological effects, and ecosystem services assessment and management. His researches won the China National Natural Sciences Prize in 2005, National Sciences & Technology Advanced Prize in 2012, and Award of Distinguished Service of International Association for Landscape Ecology in 2011.

Markku Kulmala | University of Helsinki, Finland

is an Academician and Academy Professor and Professor of Aerosol and Environmental Physics at the University of Helsinki. He is the Director of the National Center of Excellence for Exploring the Composition of the Atmosphere and Climate Change. The aim of the study is to find the mechanisms that are associated with the formation of atmospheric aerosol particles, and atmosphere-biosphere interactions and feedbacks. One of his main aim is to contribute to establishment of global Earth Observatory  to develop comprehensive  understanding of climate change with the help of the information obtained.  Kulmala has been the author of more than 900 articles in scientific journals.

On 1 May 2011 until 31 May 2018, Markku Kulmala was the most cited researcher of Geosciences, according to the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge Essential Science Indicators. Kulmala has chaired the international iLEAPS research project on the global atmosphere and global change. He led the iLEAPS Scientific Board for 2010–2012. Today he is leading PEEX and Global SMEAR initiatives and Future Earth, Finland

Berta Martin-Lopez | Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

is Junior Professor in Sustainability Science in the Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research (IETSR) at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. With a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and many years of undertaking applied research, Berta focuses her research on understanding the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Her research has been applied at different spatial scales, from local to global, and in different systems (i.e., wetlands, watersheds, agro-ecosystems, forests, semi-arid, and mountain systems) of a wide range of countries (Spain, United Kingdom, France, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, India and South Africa). Based on this background, interdisciplinary sustainability science and place-based social-ecological research are her core research strengths. At the science-policy interface, she is actively engaged in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). In addition, she is the Co-Chair of the Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), a Future Earth project, and Co-Editor in Chief of 'Ecosystems and People'.

Bob Scholes | Witwatersrand-University, Johannesburg, South Africa

is a distinguished professor of systems ecology at the Global Change Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is among the top 1% of environmental scientists worldwide based on citation. He has led several high-profile studies, such as the Assessment of Elephant Management, Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change and Strategic Assessment of Shale Gas Development, as well as large research campaigns, such as the SAFARI 2000 and Southern African Millennium Assessment. Scholes is the author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, third, fourth and fifth assessments. He has been on the boards of the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, the South African National Parks and South African National Space Agency. He is a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, fellow of the CSIR and the Royal Society of South Africa, a member of the South African Academy, a research associate of the CSIR, a National Research Foundation A-rated scientist and a winner of the National Science and Technology Forum Lifetime Contribution to Science Award.




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