63rd Annual Fall Symposium
Ecological Restoration in a Changing Biosphere

Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, Missouri
October 7-8, 2016

Organizing committee: J. Leighton Reid, James Aronson, Peter Hoch, and James Miller

The 2016 Symposium will present contemporary perspectives on the science, technology, and human dimensions of the rapidly expanding field of ecological restoration. In the post-COP21 world, when all three UN Conventions call for scaling up and mainstreaming of ecological restoration, it is clear that restoration programs will affect hundreds of millions of hectares – and as many people – over the coming decades. At the same time, we find ourselves in an era of unprecedented change where climate, ecological baselines, and future land-use changes are highly uncertain. This symposium will address key questions including: How are restoration ecologists, practitioners, and policy makers addressing these challenges? And what do these challenges mean for countries striving to meet ambitious restoration targets? In addition to featuring an outstanding slate of speakers, the Symposium will be moderated by Paddy Woodworth, author of “Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century”.

Paddy Woodworth Moderator:
Paddy Woodworth
(Dublin, Ireland)


Some hotel suggestions are listed below for your convenience.

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park
2111 Sulphur Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139
Phone: 314-646-0770
Fax: 888-820-6067

Holiday Inn St. Louis - Forest Park
5915 Wilson Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Book online or call: 1 800 972 3145

Red Roof Plus St. Louis - Forest Park / Hampton Ave.
5823 Wilson Avenue
St Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-645-0101
Fax: 314-645-0119

Note that the second presidential debate will take place on Sunday, October 9 at Washington University, so hotels in St. Louis are expected to be in high demand for the weekend. Please book your hotel early.

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Past Symposia

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Missouri Botanical Garden
PO Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

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