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Jane Goodall to address population symposium

05 May 2006

ATTENTION: Health, international, social sciences and environment writers and editors

Contact: Liese Greensfelder, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 lieseg@berkeley.edu

The Bixby Symposium on Population and Conservation, an afternoon conference on the trends and impacts of population growth and family planning efforts in developing countries. One issue that will be examined is the relationship between family planning, population and conservation.

Jane Goodall will present the keynote address.

Saturday, May 6, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Valley Life Sciences Building auditorium, room 2050, on the UC Berkeley campus. A map is online at: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/.

Participants include:

  • Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute. One of the world's leading primatologists, Goodall has dedicated her life to speaking out about threats facing chimpanzees and other environmental crises. She is an advocate of people taking personal responsibility for the environment through lifestyle choices and activism.
  • Malcolm Potts, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, will address population growth impacts on conservation and how the lack of focus on family planning is increasing the disparity between rich and poor.
  • Farnaz Vahidnia, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, will discuss Iran's rapid decline in family size through the government's family planning strategy that started in the 1980s.
  • Martha Campbell, Venture Strategies for Health and Development. Campbell's presentation examines the factors underlying the lack of public attention to population and birth control issues around the world.

The program is free and open to the public. The conference program is available at: http://bixby.berkeley.edu:7154/news/event_details.php?1&id=iuspos_1joz8s.

For more information, call Claire Norris at the School of Public Health at (510) 642-6915.

More information about population and the environment can be found at: http://pop-env.berkeley.edu, a Web site co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


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