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Public workshop: Is nature striking back?


The corona pandemic has led to an unprecedented crisis in social, political and economic systems. The question of whether it would have been preventable or controllable earlier is closely related to its causes. For example, connections between the spread of the coronavirus and the mass loss of species caused by humans are suspected.

The fact that interventions in nature – such as the destruction and remodeling of entire ecosystems or climate change as a by-product of civilization – cause global extinction of species has been known since the publication of the Global Assessment of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES in 2019 as a biodiversity crisis. Is nature now striking back – at least figuratively speaking? What direct or indirect connections are there between COVID-19 and the biodiversity crisis? How are these crises perceived and what strategies are being pursued to overcome them?

A workshop on these topics will be held on December 10, 2020 by the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Leibniz research associations "Biodiversity" and "Crises in a Globalized World". The aim is to deepen research, impart knowledge and thus change society. The event is aimed at the virtual public and stimulates discussions with regard to political measures and social changes for "A world in motion" and "for nature" – in order to find solutions for a sustainable world of tomorrow.


Event information

  • 10 December 2020, 13:30–17:00
  • Participation via YouTube
  • Feel free to ask your questions in the YouTube chat. You can also send our experts questions in advance via evolution[at]
  • Event in German


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