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BIODECON - Which biodiversity definition for biodiversity conservation


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“BIODECON—Which biodiversity definition for biodiversity conservation?” is a research project funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/IVC-HFC/1817/2014, P.I. Elena Casetta), hosted by the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon. It has two aims: to put forward the formal and material constraints that a definition of biodiversity should satisfy in order to be effective in conservation actions; and to relate these constraints with conservation policies, by taking into account both the scientific and societal challenges implied in conserving biodiversity.

Preliminary programme:

Silvia Di Marco: "Defining biodiversity"
Silvia Di Marco studied Biology (specialization in Ecology and Plant Physiology) and Science Communication at the University of Milan. In 2015 she obtained her PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon, with a dissertation on the epistemic role of images in contemporary biomedicine. Currently she is a post-doctoral fellow in Biodecon. She works on the problem of defining and measuring biodiversity and on the relationship between biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. She is a member of the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon.

Carina Silva: "Exploring the commonsensical meaning of biodiversity"
Carina Silva is an environmental biologist with a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies – Specialization in Environmental Sciences (University of Lisbon). She has developed research in biodiversity conservation and environmental impact assessment and monitoring. Her research interests lies at the intersection of natural/biological science (particularly biodiversity conservation) and socio-economics (particularly environmental perception and economic valuation), to support decision-making as regards biodiversity conservation. She is a post-doctoral fellow in Biodecon. She is a member of the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon.

Jorge Marques da Silva: "Biodiversity, biotechnology and food security"
Jorge Marques da Silva is a plant physiologist. He is assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology of the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon. He has a PhD in Biology and works on the mechanisms of response to stress, with a specific focus on the effects of drought stress on photosynthetic metabolism. His main area of research concerns the impairment of plants primary productivity under abiotic stress. He is also interested in science/society relations and teaches and makes research in Global Bioethics, mainly on Environmental Ethics issues. He is a member of Biodecon.