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MDPI International Day for Biological Diversity Webinar 2024

22 May 2024, 10:00 (CEST)


Biological Diversity, Ethodiversity, Wildlife Diversity, Olive Groves, Soil Biodiversity
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In order to commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity 2024 (https://www.un.org/en/observances/biological-diversity-day), MDPI is launching a special webinar to encourage researchers to come together, take action, and highlight how the exchange of findings facilitates efforts to raise awareness in all walks of life.

Climate change, man-made changes to nature, and crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture, and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can accelerate the speed of destruction of the planet. This webinar aims to encourage connection and collaboration among researchers and the international open access community to help fight against negative human-induced effects on the Earth.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the MDPI International Day for Biological Diversity Webinar 2024. Please find below an up-to-date outline of the presenters.

Date: 22 May 2024 at 10.00 a.m. CEST | 4:00 a.m. EDT | 4:00 p.m. CST Asia
Webinar ID: 880 4396 0569
Webinar Secretariat: journal.webinar@mdpi.com

Keynote Speakers

Hellenic Agricultural Organization ELGO-DIMITRA, Institute of Olive Tree, Subtropical Crops and Viticulture, Greece

Introduction
Talk
Safeguarding Crop and Wildlife Diversity in Modern Agricultural Systems: The Case Study of Olive Groves
Bio
Dr. Georgios C. Koubouris is a Lead researcher at the Olive Growing Laboratory in Hellenic Agricultural Organization ELGO-DIMITRA, Institute of Olive Tree, Subtropical Crops and Viticulture, Greece. He published more than 80 papers in ISI Journal Citation Reports, participated in over 35 research projects, and managed grants of over EUR 2 million. He acted as a scientific leader of the project Oliveclima that was awarded the best project for climate action in Europe by European Commission, LIFE, 2019. I am an Executive Editor of Vegetos of Springer Nature, an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science, and a member of the editorial boards of the international scientific journals Plants of MDPI, Sustainability of MDPI, Horticulturae of MDPI, Agriculture of MDPI, International Journal of Plant Biology of MDPI, Genetic Resources (www.genresj.org), Journal of Arid Arboriculture and Olive Growing, and Crop Breeding, Genetics and Genomics of Hapres. He was invited as an expert/speaker by international organizations every year for the last decade.

Department of Ecology and Animal Biology, University of Vigo, Spain

Introduction
Talk
The Concept of Ethodiversity
Bio
Dr. Adolfo Cordero-Rivera is currently a Professor of Ecology at the University of Vigo, Department of Ecology and Animal Biology. He was an Adjunct Manager of the Spanish Science program (Ministry of Science), "Biodiversity, Earth Sciences and Global Change”, subprogram of Biodiversity, from January 2004 to December 2012. He was also the sole manager of the Galician Research programs “Biodiversity and Forest resources” and “Environmental Technologies” (2006) and “Natural World and Sustainable Development” (2007–2008). Dr. Adolfo Cordero-Rivera has over 250 papers, with over 7000 citations and an h-index of 48 (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0zJ9BUMAAAAJ&hl=e).

Department of Ecology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Introduction
Talk
Soil Biodiversity —The Hidden Majority Enabling Life on Earth!
Bio
Dr. Maria A. Tsiafouli is a researcher and academic teacher at the School of Biology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). She is a biologist with an MSc in Environmental Biology and a PhD in Ecology with over 20 years of experience. Her research focuses on investigating the effects of human activities (e.g., agriculture) and climate change on several aspects of biodiversity, including soil biodiversity. Furthermore, she is interested in revealing links among biodiversity and functions, environmental characteristics and ecosystem services, and in promoting the conservation of biodiversity and soil health. She teaches both graduate- and postgraduate-level courses on general ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and monitoring and restoring ecosystems. She has participated in over 20 research projects on topics relevant to the Natura 2000 network of protected areas in Europe, biodiversity conservation, sustainable environmental management, organic farming, and soil health. She has authored 38 scientific articles, as well as nine books/book chapters (h-index: 21, references >2900). Currently, she is leading the “The European Atlas of Soil Fauna” initiative, which aims to map soil fauna across Europe to support management actions and policy decisions. She is part of the editorial board of the journal Agriculture (MDPI), the European Journal of Soil Biology, and the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment. She is a member of the scientific committee of the International Network of Soil Biodiversity (FAO-NETSOB) for WG1 and the Hellenic Ecosystem Service Partnership. She is also a member of the Healthy Land Advisory Group of Applied Microbiology International, a member of the board of directors of the Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists, and a coordinator of the Committee for Environment and Food.

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

MDPI Introduction 10:00 am - 10:10 am
Dr. Georgios C. Koubouris
Safeguarding Crop and Wildlife Diversity in Modern Agricultural Systems: The Case Study of Olive Groves
10:10 am - 10:40 am
Dr. Adolfo Cordero-Rivera
The Concept of Ethodiversity
10:40 am - 11:10 am
Dr. Maria A. Tsiafouli
Soil Biodiversity —The Hidden Majority Enabling Life on Earth!
11:10 am - 11:40 am
Q&A Session 11:40 am - 11:55 am
Closing of Webinar
11:55 am - 12:00 pm

Registration

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Cannot attend? Register anyway and we’ll let you know when the recording is available to watch.

Relevant Special Issues

Agriculture

Modern Reproductive Biotechnology Assists Farm Animal Conservation and Genetic Rescue
Guest Editors: Dr. Monika Trzcińska and Prof. Dr. Marcin Samiec
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2024

Exploring Cereal Biodiversity for Climate Change Mitigation in Agricultural Production
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Jerzy Henryk Czembor
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 June 2024

Insects

Assessing Insect Pollinator Populations Using Molecular Methods—Approaches and Metrics on Species Diversity,
Abundance and Genetic Diversity

Guest Editors: Dr. Wiebke Sickel and Dr. Frank M. J. Sommerlandt
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024

Genetic Diversity of Insects
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Pairot Pramual and Dr. Luis M. Hernandez-Triana
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2025

Diversity and Function of Collembola
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Liang Chang and Prof. Dr. Meixiang Gao
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024

Invertebrate Conservation: Challenges and Ways Forward
Guest Editor: Dr. Richard V. Glatz
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024

Aquatic Insects: Diversity, Ecology and Evolution
Guest Editor: Dr. Marija Ivković
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024

Animals

Wildlife Trade and Crime
Guest Editor: Dr. Harry Wels
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024

Assessing the Environmental Adaptation of Wildlife and Production Animals: Applications of Physiological Indices and
Welfare Assessment Tools (Volume II)

Guest Editor: Dr. Edward Narayan
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Importance of Sanctuaries and Rehabilitation Centres for Wildlife
Guest Editors: Dr. Marco Campera and Dr. Michela Balestri
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024

Recent Advances and Innovation in Wildlife Population Estimation
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Bakaloudis
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024

Wildlife Genetic Diversity
Guest Editors: Dr. Heliodor Wierzbicki, Dr. Magdalena Moska and Prof. Dr. Anna Rząsa
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024

Biology

Effects of Heavy Metals and Microplastics on Wetland Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
Guest Editors: Dr. Hualong Hong and Prof. Dr. Mohammad Belal Hossain
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2025

Aquatic Alien Invasions and Their Impact on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Volume II)
Guest Editors: Dr. Paraskevi K. Karachle, Dr. Elena Tricarico, Dr. Giorgio Mancinelli and Dr. Baran Yoğurtçuoğlu
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024

Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function under Global Change”
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Shucun Sun and Prof. Dr. Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024

Fishes

Aquatic Biodiversity Challenges in the Third Millennium
Guest Editor: Dr. Doru Bănăduc
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024

Forests

Fungal Diversity in Forests
Guest Editors: Dr. Bernardo Ernesto Lechner, Dr. Izabela Kałucka and Dr. Izabela Kałucka
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024

Transforming Forest Governance and Rural Livelihoods to Address Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss
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Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2024

Biodiversity in Forests: Management, Monitoring for Conservation
Guest Editors: Dr. Víctor Rincón, Dr. Javier Velázquez Saornil and Dr. Derya Gulcin
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2024

Vitality of Forest Ecosystems through Genetic, Epigenetic, Physiology and Biodiversity Exploitation
Guest Editors: Dr. Evangelia V. Avramidou, Dr. Evangelia Korakaki and Dr. Evangelia Korakaki
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 9 December 2024

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