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

Europe’s ecosystem research network


Network Strategy Workshop

ALTER-Net’s 2020 road map meeting

In April 2014 ALTER-Net partner institutes will sign up for a new period of ALTER-Net and an updated working programme with the ALTER-Net activities will be launched. This together with the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls, the EU 2020 Biodiversity strategy and other (political) drivers opens up for possibilities to build an even stronger biodiversity research network. During the workshop we’ll reflect on the success stories and on processes that were less successful and we challenge the participants of the workshop to help us to build further. We’ll address the challenges when it comes to outreach activities, ALTER-Net’s science-policy interface, alliances with other strong networks such as MARBEF and ESP and ALTER-Net’s research agenda and its relevance to policy.

9.00-9.05 Jiska van Dijk (NINA) Welcome and introduction to the workshop
9.05-9.25 To be confirmed Horizon 2020 and the challenges for ALTER-Net
9.25-9.45 Leon Braat (Alterra) EU 2020 biodiversity strategy and other (political) drivers relevant and challenging for ALTER-Net
9.45 - 10.00

Sanna-Riikka Saarela (SYKE) and Jiska van Dijk (NINA)

Behind the scenes of the successes of ALTER-Net

10.00-10.20 All chairs from the different side events Speed presentations with a reflection of what should be taken further as activities in ALTER-Net 2014-2017
10.20-10.50 Geert De Blust (INBO) Reflections on top down and bottom up processes in ALTER-Net and how to increase collaboration and exchange among ALTER-Net institutes and ALTER-Net colleagues
10.50-11.00 Ben Delbaere (ECNC) Introduction of workshop
11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea Break
11.30-13.00 Workshop facilitated by Ben Delbaere Subgroup work aiming at recommendations per subject (6 subjects: collaboration and exchange among ALTER-Net colleagues & building consortia; ALTER-Net communication and engagement within institutes; getting ALTER-Net organized as knowledge hub for IPBES processes; ALTER-Net’s science-policy interface and outreach activities, alliances with other networks; ALTER-Net’s research agenda and its relevance to policy)