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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.

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Fuller Science for Nature Symposium

The annual Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Symposium convenes leading thinkers in science, policy, business, and development to tackle the emerging issues facing our planet. During the symposium (1) experts present the state of the science for a complex conservation issue; (2) provide a forum for rigorous debate, leading to an agreed conservation agenda going forward; and (3) inform leading scientists of what research topics would most powerfully support conservation work on this issue. The event happens in the fall and is free and open to the public. Last year’s event focused on climate resilience.

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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.

Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Medicine

When: June 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Who: Emily Monosson
Where: WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)

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About the seminar:

Bugs and germs are big problems—but in the fight to protect our food and health, they may also be part of the solution. In this talk, toxicologist and veteran science writer Emily Monosson will discuss the ideas from her exciting new book Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health. Monosson will present examples of natural defenses for both food and health, revealing parallels between medicine and agriculture and the importance of considering both together. Examples will include innovations that bring together ecology and the latest advancements in technology. From machine learning for diagnosing plant disease, to pheromones that distract crop-destroying moths from mating, to bacteria busting viruses that can preserve food and cure antibiotic resistant infections, these emerging solutions give hope for a healthier and more sustainable future.

About the speaker:

Emily Monosson is a toxicologist and author, a member of the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In recent years, her focus has turned toward the impact of industrial age chemicals and technology on food and medicine. Her most recent books are Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Medicine, Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life Gene by Gene, and Evolution in a Toxic World: How Life Responds to Chemical Threats. She has published in The Scientist, Aeon, LA Times, American Scientist, and Whole Terrain in addition to academic journals and blogs somewhat regularly at