BCGC 2014 Achievements

Global change is one of the most hotly discussed topics in the world. Understanding the impact of global change is extremely important for the sustainable development of our earth. In 2008, the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) initiated an international research program called Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC). In 2009, BCGC was adopted by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) as a new international research program. In 2012, BCGC was reviewed as the core of IUBS scientific programmes and it was approved the by the 31st IUBS GA to implement the BCGC program for the next triennium (2013-2015).

The aim of BCGC is to promote understanding of the impact of global change on our biological systems so as to improve the management of our changing world. The focus of BCGC is to organize a diverse group of international experts in various scientific disciplines, to study the consequences of both global climate change and human activities on biological systems.

The BCGC programme also endeavors to promote international collaborations in this field among different countries, by organizing academic publications, workshops, a database and young scientist trainings. Moreover, through building the BCGC into a flagship program, the influence and leadership of IUBS in this very important field will be promoted and secured.

In 2014, BCGC organized 1 symposium, 1 workshop, 1 training course, and database consolidation. BCGC completed most of the actions described in the action plan for 2014.


Conferences/ meetings / Workshops organised:

- The 5th International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management (ICRBM), 25-29 August 2014, Zhengzhou, China, also supported by an IUBS young scientists grant
- The 6th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology (ISIZ), 24–25 November 2014, Beijing, China
- Workshop on plague ecology and climate change was held on 25 November 2014, Beijing, China
- A training course on BCGC was also organized during 22-30 Nov 2014, Beijing, China
- PCLIM, International research network about the adaptive response of processionary moths and their associated organisms to climate change, meeting, 16 December 2014, INRA, Paris, France

- Publications:

- Seed traits and taxonomic relationships determine the occurrence of mutualisms versus seed predation in a tropical forest rodent and seed dispersal system (pages 309–319); Zhenyu WANG, Lin CAO and Zhibin ZHANG; Integrative Zoology
-  “Processionary Moths and Climate Change: an update”

- Development of partnership:China National Committee for Man and Biosphere (MAB) Program, United Nations

Other outcome:
The 4th International Training Course on Integrative Zoology: Frontiers in Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, 23 November – 1 December 2014, at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. 120 trainees from 21 countries attended.

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