Background to the conference
This year we will include a range of different formats and styles of keynote, designed to provide an appropriate arena for discussing contentious issues in conservation and provoking thoughts about various aspects of the natural world.
The four themes have been developed to capture that diversity, and ensure that everyone has a place in the conference:
a). Patterns and processes of biodiversity
This theme focuses on not only the biodiversity patterns of the region, but the various processes that occur at different scales. This theme includes everything from species physiology and interactions, to understanding species distributions and biodiversity patterns.
b). Biogeography and evolution of Southeast Asian biodiversity
This theme focuses on the evolution, adaptation, and phylogeography of the region. The sessions will range from palaeontology and dendrochronology, to molecular evolution and population level differentiation, and showcase both techniques and outcomes of the latest research across the region.
c). Addressing the threats to Southeast Asian biodiversity
Southeast Asia is not only a hotspot for biodiversity, but also a hotspot for threats for a large number of taxa. In this theme we will explore the drivers of biodiversity loss at a variety of levels, and effective approaches to mitigate these threats and best conserve regional biodiversity.
These sessions will reflect conservation biology, as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral interactions with business, policy, and the social sciences.
d). Sustainable use and production of natural resources
Sustainable use is key to conserving regional biodiversity, as unless humans can co-exist with biodiversity there can be no future. This theme will further explore sustainable (or minimum impact) agricultural approaches, ecosystem service provision, and the sustainable use of other resources.
Regional history of the ATBC-AP
The ATBC aims “to foster scientific understanding and conservation of tropical ecosystems by supporting research, collaboration, capacity building, and communication among tropical biologists and conservationists”.
The purpose of the society is to “ foster collaboration and information sharing across a broad community of tropical biology professionals. The society provides outlets for research dissemination, and educational and funding opportunities, particularly for early career scientists working across the tropics. As a diverse community of science professionals, the ATBC provides a credible, collective, and authoritative vision of tropical biology and conservation issues that underpin public policy and management action.”
In 2006 the ATBC launched an Asia-Pacific Chapter at the ATBC annual meeting in Kunming to help promote tropical biology and conservation in the region. There have been regional meetings every year since then, and we have now seen a successful decade of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the ATBC.
The chapter aims to mirror the diversity of the region, with country representatives from countries across the region as part of the regional board, and ensuring the relevance to and participation of researchers from across the region.