Expert Group on Methods

Our EKLIPSE call for experts on knowledge synthesis methodologies has led to the selection of a fantastic working group. The members of the group are:

  • Neal Haddaway - Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
  • Monica Hernández-Morcillo - Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • EmiliyaVelizarova - Forest Research Institute - Bulgarian Academy of sciences
  • Luis Santamaria - Doñana Biological Station, Spanish Research Council (EBD-CSIC)
  • Brady Mattsson - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Nicola Randall - Harper Adams University, UK
  • Pierre Failler - University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Johanna Ferretti - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
  • Romina Rodela - Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Sweden

The methods expert group will be chaired by Lynn Dicks (University of East Anglia), and will benefit from support from Heidi Wittmer (UFZ), Heli Saarikoski (SYKE) and Barbara Livoreil (FRB).

The task of the Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods is to provide and share knowledge about the different available methods for knowledge collation, appraisal and synthesis. These methods will be used to identify and characterise robust evidence and knowledge gaps, in response to requests to EKLIPSE from policy makers and societal actors. ‘Knowledge’ here can refer to scientific knowledge, technical practitioner knowledge and/or Indigenous and local knowledge(‘ILK’).The work of the expert group will inform those addressing EKLIPSE requests about the knowledge synthesis methods available, including their pros and cons, costs, and requirements in terms of human capital and technical tools. The specific tasks of the group will be to take part in a workshop and to contribute to a report and visualisation on the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches and methodologies. The group will also identify gaps among available methods and recommend how the gaps could be filled.

The methods expert group  met in Berlin on 12-13th October 2016 to agree on a set of Knowledge Synthesis Methods (KSM) and outline steps towards delivering the report and visualisation about the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches and methodologies.