Programme

Schedule

13 – 16 September 2021

Time: 10am – 3pm

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Madhav Gadgil

Madhav Gadgil

Ecologist

Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist, academic, writer, columnist and the founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. He is a former member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India and the Head of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) of 2010, popularly known as the Gadgil Commission. His contributions, as a member of the draft committee, has been reported in the preparation of the Biological Diversity Act 2002 and the manual he prepared for the People’s Biodiversity Registers has been accepted by the National Biodiversity Authority. His research has been documented by over 250 scientific articles, published in various journals and magazines. He has also published two books, over 40 articles in Marathi and handled a fortnightly column on natural history, in The Hindu. He handles a monthly column in the Marathi daily, Sakal. He is a recipient of the Volvo Environment Prize and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 1981 and followed it up with the Padma Bhushan in 2006.

Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen

Professor and Graduate School Faculty Fellow, Philosophy Department, University of North Carolina—Charlotte

Lisa Rasmussen is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Faculty Fellow in the Graduate School, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on ethical issues in research, and she is particularly interested in thinking about ethics in unregulated research areas like citizen science and DIY Bio. She teaches in the areas of bioethics and research ethics. Lisa is also the Editor-in-Chief of Accountability in Research; a Co-Editor of the Philosophy & Medicine book series, published by Springer; and an Associate Editor of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice.

 Barefoot Ecologists

Barefoot Ecologists

Barefoot Ecology Program, Keystone Foundation

Barefoot Ecology is a people-centered approach that cooperatively works with indigenous communities towards the conservation of their natural base. The Keystone Foundation has been hosting this program for a little over 10 years training community members to observe and record habitat quality and changes. Over 50 + community members have been part of the program and they have taken up ecological monitoring, raising nurseries, conducting nature education programs and village elder programs. More significantly, the all-women barefoot ecologists are a team of close to 16 women who have been trained to carry out monitoring in their respective field areas, mainly on agro-ecology mode. The all woman team comes from villages in Sigur and Hasanur which fall inside Mudumalai and Sathyamangalam tiger reserves respectively.
Teachers and Students of SeasonWatch

Teachers and Students of SeasonWatch

SeasonWatch Project, Nature Conservation Foundation

SeasonWatch is an all-India citizen science project aimed at understanding the seasonality of common tree species. Every year, as part of the project, thousands of school children from across the country befriend one or more trees, give them names and record the emergence of leaves, flowers and fruits every week. Teachers from 1293 schools take the lead on explaining the project to the students, and ensure that students get to go outdoors regularly and develop a deep connection with their trees and the myriad creatures dependent on trees. Over the years, teachers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Meghalaya have used outdoor learning as part of their pedagogy, and have wonderful adventures and anecdotes to share.

Conference Schedule

The conference will be a 4-day virtual meeting where participants will interact over a Slack workspace, the link to which will be sent to registered participants closer to the conference dates. We are working towards lining up a series of exciting plenary sessions, panel discussions, contributed talks and poster sessions. Session details will be updated as new details become available. Check this page to stay updated.