The organizers wish to attract 300-500 participants, representing all sectors
with an interest in the intersection of global trade and the environment – the
academic research community, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations,
and the private sector. Students will have the opportunity to present papers and
posters and begin to form the personal relationships essential to lasting
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ESA, a professional society of 9,000 ecologists from 80 countries, has called
for a series of actions to globalize access to ecological knowledge. These
actions include efforts to foster international collaboration and stimulate
communication among environmental researchers, students, managers, and
practitioners. In 2003, ESA cofounded the Federation of the Americas, which
brings together ecological societies and related organizations from a number of
Latin American countries. ESA has also founded chapters in Mexico and Canada.
Ecology in an Era of Globalization, the first major fruit of these
collaborations, is being organized by a program committee cochaired by Dr. José
Sarukhán of the National University of Mexico, and Dr. Jeff Herrick of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.