About the webinar

The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was established in 1919 as a non-governmental and non-profit organization comprising National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies. Since then IUBS is functioning as a global platform for scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction, and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate the completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food & nutrition, health, etc.

In the 4th webinar of this series, Yvon Le Maho, an ecophysiologist, will talk about the new technologies used to investigate Antarctic penguins without disturbing their habitats. 

Join us for this very important discussion.

Date: 15 November 2022

Time: 14:00 — 15:00 GMT | 19:30 — 20:30 IST


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    Speaker & Moderator

    Yvon Le Maho (Speaker)

    An ecophysiologist, Yvon Le Maho is emeritus Director of Research CNRS at the University of Strasbourg and Monaco Scientific Center, a member of the French Academy of Sciences, an associated member of the French Academy of Pharmacy, and a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He chaired from 2005 to 2016 the Scientific Committee of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity advising the successive French Ministers of Ecology and Sustainable Development during this period.

    He has pioneered RadioFrequencyIDentification and robotics to investigate penguins in their natural environment while minimizing human disturbance in fieldwork and therefore avoiding subsequent scientific biases. Among those physiological mechanisms that were discovered by his team, a major finding is the demonstration that male king penguins are able to preserve food for 2 – 3 weeks at 37°C in their stomach, which allows feeding the newly hatched chick if the female has been delayed. An antibiotic molecule is involved, which appears of biomedical interest. Dr. Le Maho is the author/co-author of more than 300 scientific papers, including 12 in Nature magazine and specialized Nature journals.

    Renuka Badhe (Moderator)

    Renuka Badhe currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the European Polar Board, based in the Netherlands. She has previously worked with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, SCAR, and currently serves on their EDI scoping group. Her educational background is in economics and public policy and in southern ocean phytoplankton physiology. As a knowledge broker, she has longstanding expertise working with projects at the interface of governance, science, and policy in the polar regions and has been invited to serve on various national and international scientific and advisory committees. Renuka has worked with a wide range of national, European, and International organisations on various aspects of polar science, policy, strategy development, and also on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in polar research.

    She is a passionate advocate for diversity in polar research and co-founded the Women in Polar Science network in 2014 to highlight and promote women working in all aspects of polar research, particularly as an outspoken advocate for members of underrepresented communities. She has mentored countless early career researchers globally and was awarded the 2017 Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) International Mentorship Award. She promotes polar research to a wide variety of stakeholders using a range of traditional and non-traditional communication tools to ensure that the message reaches the audience in the best possible manner.


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