Registration is now open to members of the media for the Ecological Society of America's (ESA) 96th Annual Meeting on August 7-12, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The meeting, which has the theme "Earth Stewardship: Preserving and enhancing the earth's life-support systems," is expected to draw more than 3,500 scientists, policy makers, educators and concerned citizens to share emerging research and explore strategies to enhance community-based approaches to global responsibility.
Moderated by Laura Huenneke, Vice President for Public Affairs at the Ecological Society of America, the meeting's Opening Plenary Panel will feature a discussion of the religious and moral, psychological and management aspects of nurturing stewardship of the planet. The panelists include Matthew Anderson Stembridge, executive director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Susan Clayton, environmental psychologist at The College of Wooster, and Richard Morgan, manager of Austin Energy Green Building. The Opening Plenary will take place Sunday, August 7 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center.
Other highlights include MacArthur Award winner Stephen Pacala, ESA MacArthur Lecturer; Director, Princeton Environmental Institute, who will be the Keynote Speaker on Monday, August 8, 8:00-10:00 a.m. A live music concert will take place on Thursday evening, August 11 to benefit local environmental groups.
The scientific program features 24 symposia, 38 workshops, 22 field trips, and a host of special sessions, organized and contributed oral sessions and poster sessions. The field trips will explore everything from avian ecology of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge to a Bracken Bat cave. While members of the press are welcome to participate in these trips, press registration does not cover field trip fees. An exhibition hall will showcase publishers of scientific texts and journals among other exhibits.
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Ecological Society of America