Koshland Science Museum Hosts Sept. 15 Forum on Biodiversity

Sept. 6, 2012
For Immediate Release
Koshland Science Museum Hosts Sept. 15 Forum on Biodiversity

WASHINGTON—The Koshland Science Museum will host World Wide Views on Biodiversity, Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. –5 p.m. The museum is one of more than 30 host sites for events in different countries on the same day.

World Wide Views on Biodiversity invites citizens to share their views on the worldwide loss of biological diversity. Participants will discuss biodiversity challenges and compare ideas for addressing this issue. Results from World Wide Views meetings around the world will be presented to delegates of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the United Nations Biodiversity Convention in October.

“We are delighted to take part in this global event,” said Erika Shugart, deputy director of the Koshland Science Museum. “We look forward to convening individuals from across the Washington, D.C., region at the museum.”

The Washington, D.C., area event is being developed and planned in partnership with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University and the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech. The global event is coordinated by the Danish Board of Technology in collaboration with the Danish Environment Ministry and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

“One of the main goals of these global proceedings is to provide a structured forum for sharing different views on a global challenge,” said Mahmud Farooque, associate director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and a lead organizer of the national event.

The forum invited applications from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland residents 16 years of age or older. About 100 participants were selected to participate. The forum takes place at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., N.W. Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Judiciary Square.

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About the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences
The Koshland Science Museum invites teens and adults to interact with the issues in a thought-provoking setting. Whether exploring on their own or with friends, visitors have the opportunity to use science to solve problems and to engage in stimulating conversations. The Koshland Science Museum is located at 525 E St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://www.koshland-dc.org or call 202-334-1201.

Media Contact:
Amy Shaw, Koshland Science Museum
Tel.: 202-334-1201; ksm_media@nas.edu

Sept. 6 2012—WASHINGTON—The Koshland Science Museum will host World Wide Views on Biodiversity, Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. –5 p.m. The museum is one of more than 30 host sites for events in different countries on the same day.

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