The meeting “Conservation of Biological Diversity in Cuba” has been celebrated since 2012. Organized every year by the Cuban Society of Botany, Planta!, and the Cuban Society of Zoology, the event offers a multidisciplinary opportunity to share Cuban Biodiversity conservation experiences.
Organizing the meeting is challenging. This year we received over 70 presentations. Many young researchers and students participate, for which we organize a contest of presentations as an homage to my colleague and friend Luis Granado. As one of the meeting’s coordinators, I always describe it as small enough to be achievable but big enough to connect people working on different topics.
In only two days, attendees can get an idea of where the studies on Cuban Biodiversity are focused. The meeting has a single session of 5 min presentations, which is quite different from other events where topics organize several simultaneous sessions. At this event, you could attend presentations about fisheries, or the pollination of an endemic plant, or permaculture, or threatened cacti. The event’s mission has always been to promote collaboration based on similar interests and differences.