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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


Conference Workshops


Under the four designated themes, topical workshops (including talks and presentations) will be organized for deeper exploration of the theme contents. Featured workshops include the following:

Theme 1: Envisaging Plausible Futures

Envisaging Plausible Futures in Europe (up to four parallel discussion groups)
Sonja Jähnig (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany, Ute Jacob (Helmoltz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HI FMB), Germany and Ana Isabel Lillebø (CESAM, Portugal)
→ Location: Rooms Monika, Carthago, Hippo, and Library

This workshop will feature discussion groups in lieu of speakers

Workshop Results

Theme 2: Probable Changes in Nature

Workshop 1: Expected changes in freshwater biodiversity
Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) and Koen Martens (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)
→ Location: Room Augustinus

Workshop 2: Expected changes in biodiversity and the policy challenge
Philip Roche (IRSTEA, France)
→ Location: Room Library

Workshop 3: Merging diverse perspectives into the post 2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy
Liisa Varuma (Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE, Finland)
→ Location: Room Hippo

  • This workshop will feature a discussion group in lieu of speakers
  • Abstract: This workshop presents the work of Task Force Society, which has been collecting citizen’s ideas and concerns on the biggest environmental problems across the EU and deliberating them in a series of dialogue events organized in different parts of Europe. The topics of the dialogues have included problems such as climate change, consumerism, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution and the lack of political action for halting biodiversity loss. An aim of the workshop is to discover and analyse the gaps and similarities between the societal and scientific key messages and find ways to bring research and citizen’s understandings of drivers of biodiversity loss and their solutions closer together. Showing the connections between citizen’s environmental concerns and biodiversity loss will help make the new Biodiversity Strategy more approachable. This way we can give recommendations that are both scientifically robust and socially relevant.

Theme 3: New Relationships

Workshop 1:
Understanding human-freshwater biodiversity relationships
Gregor Kalinkat, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany
→ Location: Room Monika

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Workshop 2: Relational values and active citizenship for nature
Wessel Ganzevoort (Radboud University, NL), Riyan van den Born (Radboud University, NL), and Thomas Mattijssen (Wageningen Economic Research, NL)
→ Location: Room Augustinus

Workshop Summary

Workshop 3: Development cooperation and biodiversity for sustainable development
Luc Janssens de Bisthoven (Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Jean Hugé (UCL, Leuven University and Hasselt University, Belgium) and Maarten Vanhove (Hasselt University, Belgium
→ Location: Room Hippo

The topic of discussion and brain storming of this workshop is development cooperation in the EU, both at the level of the Commission as well as at the national levels. It will be an open discussion centered around- but not exclusively- modalities and tools to integrate biodiversity and development cooperation, including capacity-building, best-practices and synergies. Some of the questions discussed will include: Are the European actors (providers of aid on biodiversity) each doing their own thing with or without harmonisation, are redundancies avoided and synergies fostered (in line with e.g. Paris Declaration on efficiency of Aid, Accra, Busan)? Do we refer enough to the (post)-Aichi targets and the SDGs?

Workshop 4: New forms of human-nature relationships for a better and more sustainable future
Philip Roche (IRSTEA, France) and Jiska van Dijk (NINA, Norway)
→ Location: Room Library

  • Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity (Ana Isabel Lillebø)
  • A science-based opportunity to reconcile food security, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development between the land and the sea - opportunities and challenges beyond 2020 (Olga Ameixa)
  • An accounting framework for the biophysical profiling of the European agricultural system (Juan José Cadillo Benalcazar)

Theme 4 Policy Responses

Workshop 1: Innovations in biodiversity policy
Onno Knol (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, PBL)
→ Location: Room Library

Workshop Summary

Workshop 2: Freshwater and Wetlands
Charles van Rees (Estacion Biologica De Donana, Spain)
→ Location: Room Carthago

  • Ecosystem-based management planning across aquatic realms at a coastal socio-ecologic Natura 2000 territory (Ana Isabel Lillebø)
  • Introducing ecosystem services and biodiversity into management planning with the River Ecosystem Service Index (RESI) (Martin Pusch)
  • European leadership in the Mediterranean – does it stop at the borders? (Ilse Geijzendorffer)
  • Conservation and large-scale restoration of wetlands is key for future nature and climate change policies in the EU (Kris Decleer)
  • Time for action: EU conservation policy needs a boost as 2020 nears (Virgilio Hermoso)

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Workshop 3: Green Infrastructure
Francis Turkelboom (Research Institute for Nature and Forest, INBO, Belgium)
→ Location: Room Hippo

Workshop Summary

Workshop 4: Monitoring, indicators and implementation
Jorge Ventocilla (Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, RBINS, Belgium)
→ Location: Room Augustinus

Workshop Summary

Workshop 5: The policy implications of citizen science. How citizen science could support better policy formulation, implementation and assessment
Gÿorgyi Bela (Environmental Social Science Research Group, ESSRG, Hungary) and Miklos Ban (University of Debrecen, Dept. of Evolutionary Zoology, Hungary)
→ Location: Room Monika


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Registration / Fees

Please note: the conference is limited to 200 participants

90€ - ALTER-Net partners or EKLIPSE members

120€ - non-member participants

Registration: Please fill in the Registration Form



Tyler Kulfan (ALTER-Net Secretariat) - General inquiries, registration, proposals

Janine van Vessem (INBO, Belgium) - Further information, conference contents


Further information:

Conference flyer

Conference programme


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