Sustainable Pathways: Learning From the Past and Shaping the Future
In anticipation of the 100th Annual Meeting in 2015, the 98th Annual Ecological Society of America Meeting will look to the past as guidance in understanding and predicting future trends in ecosystem dynamics and services. With the backdrop of the beautiful city of Minneapolis, this meeting will capture the long influence of the ESA on ecology, and will set the stage for events leading to the centennial meeting. Long-term data, from fossil and pollen records, environmental proxies and observations that date in some cases from the early 1900s, provide the historical context and an important baseline for future trajectories. However, the future of Planet Earth is far from certain or predictable based on its past. Global drivers are changing in slope, magnitude, and direction, novel organisms are being introduced or developed, no-analog communities are forming, and humans continue to modify and interact with their environment. Historic legacies provide the template for these complex interactions. Developing and maintaining sustainable trajectories in the midst of these certain, yet highly unpredictable, changes that affect and interact with ecological systems is a critical challenge for ecologists, and provide the theme of the 98th meeting.
The 98th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme for this meeting is "Sustainable pathways: Learning from the past and shaping the future". We encourage organizations, companies, and vendors to partner with us at what is certain to be an exciting and well attended environmental and ecological science forum.
ESA invites you to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to market your latest products, services, technology, innovative equipment, and literature to the 3,500 ecological scientists, researchers, educators, administrators, and policymakers we anticipate will attend from around the globe. This prospectus outlines opportunities for showcasing products and services through onsite exhibits and an online Virtual Trade Show, for marketing to meeting registrants through program advertising, and for increasing visibility through meeting and event sponsorship and distribution of handouts.
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to:
- promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists;
- raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science;
- increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and
- ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.