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From Universal Science to Local Applications


José Sarukhán Kermez
2017 Tyler Prize Laureate
Emeritus Professor, National University of Mexico
National Coordinator, Mexico's National Commission of Biodiversity

Translating Research Into Policy Action: 
How Can Environmental Science Move Forward Quickly?


John Iadarola, Host on The Young Turks

Moderating the panel discussion is John Iadarola, host and political commentator on The Young Turks – the world’s largest online news network. A skilled and thoughtful host, John has moderated panels across the country, with Nobel Prize winning scientists, TED speakers and leaders of national science organizations. Testament to his popularity with young audiences, John also co-hosted a TV show on Fusion, which covered the 2017 election by visiting live audiences at college campuses around the country. We are honored to have John join us, and are excited for him to bring the Tyler Prize Lecture and Panel Discussion to a new and wider audience.



José Sarukhán Kermez, 2017 Tyler Prize Laureate
Emeritus Professor, National University of Mexico;
National Coordinator, CONABIO, Mexico's National Commission of Biodiversity

The 2017 Tyler Prize laureate, José Sarukhán, is among the best-known ecologists and conservation scientists in the world.

In 1992, he convinced the then-President of Mexico to create a federal-level agency that would inventory the biodiversity of Mexico, as well as monitor its conservation and sustainable use. This grand vision would be one of the first models of its kind in the world. CONABIO, as it is now named, is a powerful federal agency with a yearly budget of over US $14 million, which advises on national issues such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture and international policy.

Sarukhán was awarded the Tyler Prize for having translated his knowledge into action – by creating and strengthening educational and policy institutions, mentoring students to become leaders and rallying colleagues around a common goal – resulting in the implementation of public policy, laws and regulations that have an ongoing global influence.



Jane Lubchenco, 2015 Tyler Prize Laureate
Distinguished University Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies;
U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean, U.S. Department of State

Jane Lubchenco's innovative research is well known. From oceanic plant-herbivore interactions to durable opportunities to reverse degradation in marine systems, she has covered the many nuanced issues associated with ocean stewardship and marine resource protection. In addition to her scientific accomplishments, she's well known for her leadership in highlighting global matters, such as marine ecosystem security and climate change, and bringing them to the forefront of policy development.



Harold Mooney, 2008 Tyler Prize Laureate
Senior Fellow, Emeritus - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment;
Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology

Hal Mooney has played an international leadership role in biodiversity and global ecological problems. He has been active in helping organize worldwide communities and networks of ecologists and social scientists, has played a central role in building up international organizations of scientists and research programs and has been a pioneer in setting the guidelines for the formulation of global environmental policies.


Laureate Lecture and Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The City Club of Washington DC
555 13th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-1109

Open to All
Light Lunch Served


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