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Thursday, August 7 2008

Early life, evolution and biodiversity
Coordinator: Stefan Bengtson, Swedish Museum of Natural History (Sweden)

The symposium assesses important steps in the evolution of life and biodiversity on Earth and what we do know from the fossil record, 150 years after Darwin's "The Origin of Species". Darwin was a naturalist and covered many fields. The importance of combining different natural sciences today is demonstrated in presentations on management and mapping of marine resources, as well as the deep biosphere, where a significant amount of the Earth's biomass is present.

Geoscience program

08:30-08:33       Introduction
                         Stefan Bengtson
                         Swedish Museum of Natural History (Sweden)

08:33-09:00       The impact of Life on the young Earth
                         Minik Rosing    
                         Copenhagen University (Denmark)

The great divide: Life on Earth before and after the Ediacaran transition
                         Nicholas Butterfield
                         University of Cambridge (UK)

09:30-10:00       The evolution of reefs
                         Rachel Wood
                         University of Edinburgh (UK)

10:00-10:30       Coffee break 
Biodiversity through time
                         Douglas H. Erwin
                         National Museum of Natural History (USA)

11:00- 11:30     
Hominin evolution and environmental change
                         Lars Werdelin
                         Swedish Museum of Natural History (Sweden)

Darwin's abominable mystery: a palaeontological perspective
Else Marie Friis
                         Swedish Museum of Natural History (Sweden)

12:00-13:00        Lunch

StatoilHydro lecture

13:00-13:45       The fossil record since Darwin: what do we know and what remains to be 

                         Richard A. Fortey
                         Natural History Museum (UK)

Societal program

14:00-14:30       Evolution, education and outreach - learning from the Jurassic reptiles 
                         Jørn H. Hurum
                         Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo (Norway)

14:30-15:00       The deep biosphere; background, news and implications
                         Ingunn Thorseth
                         Centre for Bio-Geology, University of Bergen (Norway)

15:00-15:30       The management of seabed resources; Actions of the International 
                         Seabed Authority

                         Satya Nandan
                         International Seabed Authority (Jamaica)

15:30-16:00       Coffee break

16:00-16:30       Synergies of Science at the U.S. Geological Survey
                         Suzette Kimball
                         United States Geological Survey (USA)

16:30-17:00      Mapping Ireland's seabed
                        Sean Power
                        Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural resources, (Ireland)
                        (Presentation is given by Paedar McArdle, Geological Survey of Ireland)

17:15-18:15      Panel debate

18:15                Press conference



Early life, evolution