Tuesday, June 05, 2007

ISDE-5 Officially Opened by Remote Speeker from Tromso, Norway

The thin layers which keep the life on the Earth as seen from a manned spaceflight. Picture taken by NASA Astronaut Ed Mitchell. Photo: from ISDE presentation, HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
ISDE-5 started with high gear this morning

Director Jan-Gunnar Winther of the Norwegian Polar Institute opened the ISDE-5 via mobil phone from Tromso today.
Norway is the host country of the World Environmental Day 2008 devoted to the Impact of Melting Ice a hot issue for the mankind.
Further opening speakers include Xu Guanhua, Minister of Science and Technology, PR China and Lt. Governor of California John Garamendi.
Honorable John Garamendi, Lt.Governor, State of California. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

The UC Berkeley Campus welcome was provided by the Vice Chancellor Tom Kalil and the keynote seech was delivered by Dr. Tim Foresman entitled The Digital Earth Saga.

Dr.Timothy Foresman, Director of the ISDE-5 delivers his keynote speech. Image: HUNAGI Visuals reource, 2007

Dr. Below: Edgar Mitchell, Astronaut during his presentation at ISDE-5. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Dr. Edgar Mitchell, astronaut of the Apollo 14 made deep impression on the audience with his subjective, retrospective presentation with unique illustrations, while by Ambassador John McDonald`s presentation was devoted to the relations of Environment, Conflict and Peace, referenced by three stories from the UN from the late 60' till 1990, namely UNEP/Nairobi, the Stockholm and the Special Session of the UN devoted to the Drinking water and Salination resulted a 10-year programme.

Digital Earth Wiki located at http://isde5.pbwiki.com/ Getting started by this efficient way to build and share collaboratively knowledge online by posting your links and contributions on the web.
Prof.Gua Huadong, SG of ISDE and Deputy SG of the Chinese Academy of Science, Hu Guanhua, Minister of Science and Technology, PRC and Academician Prof Li Deren of the Wuhan University Photo: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Photographic portfolio of the event will be available soon on www.hunagi.hu at the Photo collection on Country (Summer flowers of the San Francisco Bay Area), Cities (San Francisco), Events (IJDE Editorial Board Meeting, ISDE Board Meeting, ISDE 5 Symposium), People (ISDE-5) and Sites (University of California at Berkeley).

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