Young ecologists to discuss biodiversity issues

Guwahati: Young ecologists from across the country would meet here at the IIT Guwahati for a three-day conference on ecology, evolution, animal behaviour and conservation from December 13.

`Young Ecologist Talk and Interact` (YETI) will highlight important biodiversity issues from North-East India and would emphasise the need for increased data sharing to enhance the growth of ecological studies and conservation science in the country, the organisers said in a release.

The conference is being organised by students across the country with support from several organisations, including WWF-India, Nature Conservation Foundation, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment and Aaranyak.

With an expected turnout of 500 students and researchers, YETI will feature a series of plenary lectures, popular talks, documentary screenings, workshops and interactive sessions by prominent national and international scientists, as well as more than 100 presentations by research students.

Besides IIT Guwahati, the conference is supported by 20 universities, 38 institutes and NGOs and 40 colleges from the north-east, along with several independent researchers.

Originating out of a student conference at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, in 2008, YETI has now grown into a national platform for student researchers, the release said. The 2009 and 2010 editions of the conference were held at the IISc, Bangalore.