Portuguese American Journal

Terceira: Hosting 2016 Island Biology Conference – Azores

The Azores are hosting the second international Island Biology Conference taking place on Terceira island this week.

Co-sponsored by the University of the Azores, among other partners, the Island Biology 2016 international conference will bring together biologists from around the world to discuss the most recent research in the biology of island species and ecosystems.

According to the program, the conference will include poster presentations, plenary and regular sessions, and will host a high number of Symposia, aimed to accommodate specialized discussions in topical areas in Island Biology.

The expectation is that the pioneering ideas, leading theories, novel methodological approaches and recent ground-breaking results presented at this conference will provide advances in island biology research and guidelines for the future development of this field.

In addition, the interdisciplinary expertise of participants is expected to contribute to decision-making concerning effective conservation planning strategies in Island Ecosystems, following the inspiration provided by the Declaration of the Guadeloupe 2014 International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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Source: Island Biology 2016

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The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal.