Expert Working Groups

Knowledge Synthesis Methods

The task of the Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods was to provide and share knowledge about different forms, methods and limitations of knowledge collation, appraisal and synthesis so that robust evidence and knowledge gaps could be identified, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of available knowledge. The group had a first meeting on the 12/13th of October 2016, and produced a report in March 2017 reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches and methodologies to jointly provide evidence, identification of potential gaps in existing approaches, and how to address these gaps. The chair of this expert group was Dr Lynn Dicks (University of Cambridge). The closing date for this call was the 10th of September 2016 [original call text]


'Understanding farmer uptake: What measures are most promising to deliver on supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services in the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)?'

The second Eklipse Working Group developed recommendations for CAP measures to improve biodiversity and related ecosystem services, with a focus on Ecological Focus Areas - a direct policy request from IUCN and the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

The call for experts resulted in 43 applications being received. The quality of applications was – as in the first call for experts – once again extremely high, and the final selection was very difficult. 11 experts with a broad range of expertise and EU-wide geographical representation were selected. 

The co-chairs of this group are:

Davy McCracken (Scotland's Rural College)
Eszter Kovacs (Corvinus University of Budapest/ University of Cambridge)
Juliana Dänhardt (Lund University)
The other members of the expert working group are:

Ioanna Grammatikopoulou (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Doris Marquardt (European Environment Agency)
Irina Herzon (University of Helsinki)
Yves Zinngrebe (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Vasileios Gkisakis (Agroecologiki SP - Agricultural Research and Development)
Calum Brown (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Amaia Albizua (Basque Centre for Climate Change)
Ilona M. Otto (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

The first expert working group meeting took place in Brussels on July 24th 2017. During this kick-off meeting, the group ensured common understanding of the request and developed a working plan among experts and planned their work over the next five months.

Further background information on the EWG and the request can be found in the Document of Work (DoW).