In honor of renowned conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy, the Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Symposium will be re-named the Thomas Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium. For the last 17 years, our Science for Nature symposia have brought together extraordinary global thinkers and leaders in science, policy, and conservation to discuss groundbreaking conservation science research and how to put it into practice. Throughout his career, Tom Lovejoy was one of those extraordinary thinkers and leaders. To acknowledge his remarkable contributions to science and nature and over 50 years of working in the Amazon, the first Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium will discuss the resilience of the Amazon and solutions for nature and people.


A Turning Point for the Amazon

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 1:00 – 5:30 PM Eastern

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

The Amazon is close to reaching a tipping point, which puts into question the future of its ecological resilience, the resilience of its people, and the health of the planet. The tropical rainforest and river system spans eight countries—each with its own peoples, cultural values, political economies, and environmental concerns and priorities. As countries work together to achieve solutions at scale, they are also acknowledging these distinct local realities.

Join us on October 17, 2023, for A Turning Point for the Amazon, the Thomas Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium, copresented with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. During this event, we’ll discuss the Amazon’s resilience to threats and disturbances and solutions to keep the Amazon and its people thriving. On October 24, we’ll continue the conversation virtually to consider more deeply the distinct regions of the Amazon and connect research across national borders.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Paulo Artaxo, University of São Paulo
  • Mariana Ferreira, WWF-Brazil
  • Dolors Armenteras, National University of Colombia
  • Simone Athayde, Florida International University
  • Paulo Brando, Yale School of the Environment
  • Marianne Schmink, University of Florida
  • Benoit Bosquet, The World Bank
  • Tatiana Schor, Inter-American Development Bank Amazon Initiative
  • Bram Ebus, Amazon Underworld
  • Amintas Brandão, GLUE Lab, University of Wisconsin
  • Lilian Painter, WCS Bolivia