Foundation Search



American Climate Alliance (ACA)

2010 Kistler Prize
Call for Nominations

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Planned Events

“Darwin Day" Celebration

February 12, 2020

Walter P. Kistler Book Award

Spring 2009

“Nature vs. Nurture” Workshop

Spring 2009

“Young Scholars Inquiry” Seminar

Spring 2009

Tenth Annual Kistler Prize

Fall 2009



“Anthropogenic Climate Destabilization: A Worst-case Scenario” Humanity 3000 Workshop

September 2008

Ninth Annual Kistler Prize

September 2008

“Future of Planet Earth” FFF/UNESCO Joint Sponsored Seminar

June 2008

“Think Globally, Act Locally” Humanity 3000 Seminar

April 2008


Streaming Video

Foundation For the Future 10th Anniversary

Where Does Humanity Go from Here?

Cosmic Origins: From Big Bang to Humankind


Recent Publications

“Think Globally – Act Locally” Workshop Proceedings

“Energy Challenges” Executive Summary

“Energy Challenges” Workshop Proceedings

[34.9 MB PDF]

“Humanity and the Biosphere” Seminar Proceedings

[8.7 MB PDF]

Foundation Newsletter

Winter 2007/2008
[1.6 MB PDF]









Humanity 3000


HOME | SEMINARS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 | SYMPOSIA 1 2 | WORKSHOPS 1 2 3 4 5


Seminar 9

“Future of Planet Earth” Participant Biography

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008

< Previous | Main | Next >

Raman Sukumar

Raman Sukumar is presently Professor and Chair of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has authored three books, over seventy-five technical papers, and several technical reports and popular articles. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy.

Sukumar was born in 1955 at Chennai, India, where he had his undergraduate and postgraduate education in biology. His interests in natural history and conservation developed during his college days at Chennai. In 1979 he moved to Bangalore to earn a Ph.D. in ecology (1985) at the Institute of Science where he eventually joined as faculty. His doctoral research on the interactions between elephants and humans, published as a monograph by Cambridge University Press, is recognized as pioneering work in the field of wildlife-human conflicts. Since then his interests have expanded to the relationship between humans and nature, conservation biology, tropical forest ecology, and climate change. Apart from academic research his activities extend to field conservation and shaping government policy in conservation.

From 1997 to 2004, Sukumar was Chair of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group. In 1997, he set up the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation that incorporates the Asian Elephant Research and Conservation Centre, an organization that has carried out several field projects in India and other Asian countries on elephants and their habitats. He represents Indian conservation scientists in a number of national and state governmental committees. Among others he has been a member of the Indian Board for Wildlife (chaired by the Prime Minister of India), Project Elephant Steering Committee (chaired by the Union Minister for Environment and Forests), and National Tiger Conservation Authority. He is presently a member of the Expert Panel on Climate Change chaired by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

Sukumar was a Fulbright Fellow at Princeton University (1991–92) and Adjunct Faculty (2001–present) at Columbia University, New York. He is the recipient of several national and international honours and awards including the Presidential Award of the Chicago Zoological Society (1989); Order of the Golden Ark, The Netherlands (1997); Whitley Gold Award for International Nature Conservation (2003); University Grants Commission National Award in Environmental Science and Ecology (2006); International Cosmos Prize, Japan (2006); B.P. Pal National Environment Fellowship Award for Biodiversity (2007); and a Commendation by the Prime Minister of India for contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the Noble Peace Prize (2007).