110th Annual Meeting

August 1-3, 2021

Virtual Meeting

Keynote speech by Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger's presented below.

Botanist, medical biochemist and author Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger possesses a unique combination of western scientific training and an understanding of the knowledge and methods of a wide variety of traditional and alternative sources. She works to bring a better understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public. Beresford-Kroeger’s concept of bioplanning challenges ordinary people to develop a new relationship with the natural world, to view the environment as a biological system and to perform the ecological task of replanting the global forest. Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple LifeThe Global ForestArboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the PlanetArboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest, and A Garden for Life. Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings Worldquest fellow in 2010, she was elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2011, and in 2016 the Society named her one of 25 women explorers of Canada. A feature documentary about her work, the Canadian Screen Awards-nominated Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, appeared in 2017.  In 2019, the Board of Governors and Senate of Carleton University recognized Dr. Beresford-Kroeger’s efforts towards preserving the earth’s climate and forests by conferring upon her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.  Her latest book is To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey From Ancient Celtic Wisdom To a Healing Vision of the Forest.

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