St. Louis Conservation Thought Leaders Featured at Summer Conversations Program

Let’s Talk About… Prairies, Conservation and Energy

St. Louis, MO, May 28, 2015 --( The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Conversations Series will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Danforth Center, 975 N. Warson Road. A reception will begin the night at 5:15 p.m. and the program will immediately follow at 6:00 p.m. Featured panelists are Peter Raven, Ph.D., President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Rudi Roeslein, CEO of Roeslein Associates, a company that designs and builds manufacturing systems. Reservations are required but complimentary; seating is limited. To reserve your seat call (314) 587-1070 or register on-line at

The program will feature prestigious conservation and energy advocates discussing the role of prairies in conservation of natural ecosystems and their importance for production of next-generation biofuels.

The 2015 Conversations Series is sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio and HEC-TV. To view previous Conversations programs visit Follow the discussion on Twitter at #ConvoSTL.

About the Speakers

Peter Raven, Ph.D., President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Peter is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates for conservation and biodiversity. In recognition of his work in science and conservation, he is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan and the U.S. National Medal of Science, the country's highest award for scientific accomplishment.

Rudi Roeslein, CEO of Roeslein Associates
Rudi is an advocate for prairie and wildlife restoration, he is a recipient of the Prairie Landowner of the Year award given by the Missouri Prairie Foundation and the founder of Roeslein Alternative Energy. One of its current projects, with Murphy-Brown LLC of northern Missouri, aims to restore 30 million acres of highly erodible marginable land that could provide countless benefits to people, nature and wildlife if restored to native grasslands.

About The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research aims to feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew the environment and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants and contract revenue from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates and Howard G. Buffett Foundations. Follow us on Twitter at @DanforthCenter.
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