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Fuller Science for Nature Fund


The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund supports and harnesses the most promising conservation science research and puts it into practice. Named in honor of the former president and CEO of WWF-US, the fund supports an annual Science for Nature Symposium featuring global leaders in science, policy, and conservation. Additionally, a regular seminar series provides a regular forum for the conservation community.

Kathryn Fuller

Kathryn S. Fuller, former president and chief executive of World Wildlife Fund

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2014 Fuller Science for Nature Symposium

Whole Planet, Full Plate
Finding ways to feed the world sustainably

Every year WWF’s Fuller Symposium convenes thought leaders in science, policy, business, conservation and development to tackle the emerging issues facing our planet. The 2014 Fuller Symposium will explore how we can freeze the footprint of food while still nourishing billions. We will look at the conservation opportunities and challenges we are facing and hear diverse perspectives on food production, distribution, consumption, waste, policy choices, and innovations that are shaping our food systems.

This year’s one day event will take place on November 12, 2014 at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. It is free and open to the public. View the agenda.

Quarterly Seminar Series

WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe. Seminars are:

  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Held at WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)
  • Begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Kate Graves at 202-495-4604.


Quarterly Seminar Series - December 2014

Aerial view of the city of Prince Rupert showing houses, roads, harbour, and forested coastal mountains in British Columbia, Canada.

Urban communities inspired by nature: connecting people and the planet

Can urban biophilia drive global conservation by bringing nature into everyday life?

As urban populations continue to grow, how do we create a vision for sustainable communities that integrates nature and its value into urban life? Can a deeper link between urban communities and nature drive global conservation? Biophilic cities are those with abundant nature where citizens are connected to local biodiversity and ecological processes and understand the impacts of their community on the natural world. UVA School of Architecture professor Tim Beatley spearheads The Biophilic Cities Project, an initiative to provide people in urban areas the ability to have close contact with nature. Through a conversation with Prof. Beatley and urban planner and local green building specialist Stella Tarnay, we will learn how to embrace the idea of biophilia and implement urban conservation right here in D.C, as well as the impact this concept could have on conservation around the world.

Who: Tim Beatley and Stella Tarnay. Moderated by Kerry Cesareo.
When: December 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Where: 1250 24th St NW, 2nd floor conference center. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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Speaker Bios

Timothy Beatley, Department Chair of Urban and Environmental Planning; Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Archeticture, University of Virginia 
Timoth Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. He has published extensively in these areas. In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. His books that explore these issues include Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Green Urbanism (Island Press).

Stella Tarnay, Urban planner and local green building specialist
Stella Tarnay is the Chair of Education for Dumbarton Oaks Park, a historic woodland landscape in Washington, DC. She serves as advisor to City Wildlife and the Sustainable Landscape Design Program at George Washington University. Before working with natural systems, she was the Senior Policy Officer for Green Building in the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. She was a participating member of the Nature and Green Economy working groups for Sustainable DC.

Kerry Cesareo, Senior Director, Forests, World Wildlife Fund 
Kerry Cesareo leads WWF’s strategy and work related to forest conservation to produce measurable results in mitigating and reversing the impacts of the forest sector as a driver of biodiversity loss, particularly in WWF’s priority places. In 2006, Kerry successfully launched the North American program of WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), forging partnerships with P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and others. She also managed project start-up for the Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance, a public-private partnership with The Home Depot and USAID, and served as Operations Manager for GFTN globally. She currently serves on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. Prior to WWF, Kerry worked as an environmental scientist, forest inventory researcher, an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, and a U.S. PIRG Field Manager.


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