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18.06.2018 - Building the capacity of EU early career marine researchers to operate effectively at the science-policy-society interface

17th to 20th June 2018
Lošinj, Croatia

The early career marine researchers workshop, organised by the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project, together with EKLIPSE project and the MarCons COST Action, is currently taking place in Lošinj, Croatia!

The focus of the workshop is to equip EU-based early career marine scientists with the practical knowledge, skills and tools that are needed to operate more effectively at the science-policy-society interface.

During the workshop, lecturers will enable the participants to develop a strong theoretical and applied understanding of the science-policy-society interface as it relates to the management of coastal and marine resources in Europe and elsewhere. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact and learn from local policy-makers and managers to gain first hand insights into the world of policy and decision-making, and ways to influence decision-making processes.

We are excited to be in Lošinj with an exceptional team of lecturers and participants, discussing in depth the challenges and opportunities of science-policy-society interface, related to marine sciences! You can follow the progress of the workshop on twitter following the hastag #ECRscipol, as well as @EKLIPSE_project and @Imber_ipo

    

From left to right : 

Albert Noström on producing usable science for real world decisions.
Chris Cvitanovic, on untangling marine politics, policies and management
Prue Addison on the role of science in supporting evidence-informed marine management.
Peter Mackelworth sharing a brief history of science and Marine Spatial planning in Croatia 

06.06.2018 - EKLIPSE is hosting two consecutive symposia in the scope of the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) in Jyväskylä, Finland on Wednesday, 13th June 2018. The topic is:

Informed decision making for planetary wellbeing: the challenge of science- policy-society interfacing in the European context (I+II)

These two consecutive symposia aim to reflect on both concepts and implementation examples of science-policy-society interactions. While the first symposium (14:30-16:30) gives a more general overview on challenges and particularities of the science-policy-society interface in the European context, the second symposium (17:00-19:00) focuses on case studies, specific tools and mechanisms.

For more information check the program and come to our symposia – you are warmly welcome!

29.05.2018 - During 2017 the societal engagement efforts of EKLIPSE focused on including different actors across Europe in discussions about the diverse values that nature holds and how they could be better integrated into decision-making. Finding ways to harmonize and communicate the plurality of these values including economic, ecological, social and intrinsic values was seen as crucial for better policies in the EU. 

We hosted a nice series of science cafes starting from local level discussions in Hungary to an online event that had participants from many parts of Europe. Finding meaningful ways of communication between science, policy and society and encouraging multidisciplinarity and inclusiveness were seen as the corner stones of developing the harmonization of diverse perspectives into environmental policies. Read the full report on the intriguing discussions here.

More information on our Science Cafes here.

18.05.2018 - Reports on impacts of EMR (electromagnetic radiations) on wildlife

EKLIPSE invited a wide range of experts from different disciplines to discuss the current knowledge on the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) on wildlife. The aim was to highlight the current state of the art in this field, to identify knowledge gaps related to the impacts on different taxonomic groups, to discuss the technical aspects and methodologies used in current studies, and to identify and prioritize key research needs and policy recommendations.

The two reports related to the web conference are now available:

1/ The Current Knowledge Overview report explains the work done by the Expert Steering Group in analysing a representative set of the peer-reviewed literature and include their findings which consist of:

  • a list of the main results extracted from the studies
  • an assessment of the quality of the reviewed papers and studies
  • the identification of knowledge gaps

2/ The Web Conference report outlines the outcomes of the discussions that took place during the web conference and consists of:

  • feedback from the participants on the first document
  • lists of research needs and policy recommendations identified by the participants

More information on the web conference and its outcomes can be found on the dedicated webpage.

 

09.05.2018 - Ecosystem services and site management: from science into practice

Eurosite, in cooperation with EKLIPSE, organised a two-day short course, aiming in

introducing the participants, mainly protected site managers and researchers working in
protected areas, to the necessary steps a) for achieving Science and Policy collaboration, regarding biodiversity and ecosystems services, and b) for integrating of ecosystem services into the everyday management practice.

The short course took place at Wageningen Environmental Research centre, The
Netherlands, between the 8 th and 9 th of May 2018, hosting 20 participants from the EU and neighbouring countries.
The workshop focused on the:

  • Analysis of the concept of ecosystem service in the framework of protected sites;
  • Exploration of the importance of ecosystem services in management through identifying why do we need to utilize them in protected sites management and how to do this, through interactive sessions;
  • Show-casing of several examples from study-areas around Europe;
  • Identification of further training needs on the topic and provision of tools which will allow the participants to implement an assessment of needs in their organisation.

Important objective of this short course was to build connections between scientists and
practitioners who together are able to bring knowledge to practical application.

This short course aimed to combine participation of site managers, as the primary target
group, and scientists which specifically focus in protected area management and the use of ecosystem services for it. The participants had the opportunity to exchange their views, share experiences and issues they are facing in implementing the concept, and formulate the further steps needed to make the concept better embedded into the everyday practice of protected site management.

19.04.2018 - Lynn Dicks, Chair of the EKLIPSE Methods Expert Group, comments on Mongabay’s Conservation Effectiveness series, citing the EKLIPSE methods guidance notes as a means to achieve higher methodological standards. Read more.

17.04.2018 - The Webinar “Networking for the landscape: The potential of collaborative governance in addressing institutional misfit in the provision of ecosystem services”, took place on Monday 16th of April 2018, between 13.00 and 14.45 CET.

The webinar addressed a very important challenge in environmental governance, which is how to reach so-called ‘institutional fit’. This means to ensure that the established governance structures are spatially and temporally well-aligned to the ecosystems and ecosystem services they are meant to govern. It was based in the work done through the cp³ project: ‘Civil-public-private-partnerships: collaborative governance approaches for policy innovation to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services delivery in agricultural landscapes’, which analyzed the potential of collaborative governance approaches to mitigate institutional misfit in landscape management, an issue with growing importance in ecosystem services governance. During the webinar, the participants had the chance to learn about the investigated challenges in ecosystem services management, the methodological approaches implemented during the project as well as take a look at successful initiatives for collaborative governance from 3 European protection areas: 

  • the Biosphere reserve Spreewald, Germany, 
  • the Nature park Jauerling-Wachau, Austria and 
  • the Berg en Dal region as part of the National Landscape Gelderse Poort, Netherlands. 

The webinar provided insights regarding the specific features through which the collaborative governance approaches could successfully address and mitigate issues of institutional misfit in landscape management. Additionally, aspects of the importance of Science-Policy-Society interface regarding biodiversity and ecosystems services, through the work of EKLIPSE, were also introduced. 

The inputs were provided by Claudia Sattler from Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany); Gregor Giersch from Organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management, Austria); and Lenny von Bussel, from Wageningen University, Netherlands), who presented and discussed results from the project cp³ [www.cp3-project.eu]. Zoi Konstantinou from the Faculty of Science, University of Porto, presented and discussed the EKLIPSE mechanism for Science-Policy-Society interface regarding biodiversity and ecosystems services in the EU [www.eklipse-mechanism.eu]

51 participants across Europe participated in the webinar and interacted with the panellists through Questions and Answers. Soon, the webinar presentations will be available in video, both in EKLIPSE and cp3 project sites, accompanied with a short report including comprehensive questions in all the participants’ answers. 

Stay tuned with EKLIPSE for further news on our Capacity Building Actions!

 

05.03.18 - Do cities use science when planning for infrastructure projects? Do scientists share their knowledge with urban policy makers? The European Commission's EnRoute project is conducting a short online survey to investigate how scientists and policy makers interact in cities when planning and implementing projects. Click to start the survey.
 

15.02.2018Building the Capacity of EU early career researchers to operate effectively at the Science-Policy-Society interface. Applications are now open for this workshop to be held 17th to 20th June 2018, in Croatia. More information here.

 

 

 

22.01.2018 - 25.01.2018 : The impacts of artificial Electromagnetic Radiations on wildlife (flora and fauna)

Following a Call for Requests by the EKLIPSE project to identify topics or evidence needs relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust wanted to know what are the impacts of artificial electromagnetic radiation on invertebrates?  What is the risk that such radiation is causing harm to populations of invertebrates, other wildlife and ecosystem services?  What are the evidence gaps that are the highest priority to address?  What policy solutions should be considered?

Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is the radiant energy released by certain electromagnetic processes, usually related to wireless and other technologies (microwaves, LEDs, cellphones, radars, antennas, etc.). 
 
After setting up a Steering Group of Experts who analysed hundreds of publications on the impacts of EMR on all types of wildlife (not only invertebrates, but also vertebrates and plants), a four-day long web conference was organised by the EKLIPSE team to:
  • present which types of organisms, EMR, and associated effects have been addressed by the existing studies
  • identify key knowledge gaps and research priorities
  • identify environmental policy recommendations
The conference involved researchers, civil society, and policy makers from 19 different countries.
 

The discussion is still ongoing on our KNOCK Forum here.

Outcomes and results of the conference can be found on this page.

 

5.12.2017 - Informed decision making for planetary wellbeing: the challenge of science-policy-society interfacing in the european context EKLIPSE symposium in ECCB 2018 University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 12th -15th of June 2018.     
We now call upon scholars interested in science-policy-society interfacing to present their work and research at this special symposium next June 2018. All contributions to the thematic are welcome. The deadline for abstract (max 3000 characters) submissions is January 10th 2018.
Please use this link to submit your abstract for the symposium: https://submit.peerageofscience.org/conference/ECCB_2018/106853
In the European Union there has been a long standing discussion over how to better organize the science-policy interface (SPI) on environmental issues in general and on biodiversity and ecosystem services in particular. At the same time Europe has a broad landscape of knowledge holders, producers and users working and acting at diverse levels of policy-making related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. The session aims to reflect on the approaches and challenges of science-policy-society interactions from a scientific as well as practical perspective, build the awareness on the EU advice environment across participants and invite them to play an active role in the future.

 

20.11.2017 - The diverse values of nature - Online EU-wide Science Café held on Nov. 20th

The first EU-wide EKLIPSE science café was a vibrant discussion on integrating the diverse values of nature into policy making. The focus of the discussion was on finding solutions to existing disagreements and barriers for harmonized integration of diverse values into decision making in Europe. More information can be found here

The four panelists; Maurice Hoffmann, Jouni Nissinen, Eszter Kelemen and Marina von Weissenberg tackled the topic from the perspectives of research, policy and civil society. With the help of a very active online audience the discussion was further enrichened by questions and perspectives brought out through the audience polls.

The cafe was built around three specific topics related to the integration of values. Firstly the panelists discussed channels of information when developing and communicating different values. Social media, expert opinions and research were brought up as the main sources, but also the insightful idea of nature itself being an important source and guide of our values was also expressed. Secondly types of arguments found relevant for influencing policy on nature values were discussed. The panelists mentioned the value of measurements and facts when arguing for certain policies, whereas the poll showed the audience’s opinion of monetary arguments as the most effective ones. Lastly trans-disciplinarity, overarching concepts like Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and citizen inclusion were highlighted as ways of bridging the gaps between different actors and perspectives on values.

This science café gave EKLIPSE not only a great way of answering the request and question how values can be integrated into policy but also ideas on how to further develop the societal engagement activities of EKLIPSE. We were excited to see people participate actively and we hope you all enjoyed the café.

For participants there is still time to answer a brief survey on your experience.

The videos and more detailed reports of the discussion will be published on the EKLIPSE website soon – stay tuned!

 

16.10.2017 - EKLIPSE exhibition stand at Oppla Insight event: “Nature-based Solutions: opportunities for business”
10th of October, BluePoint, Brussels

The purpose of the event was to bring together leading experts from enterprise and academia to exchange knowledge, share experiences and form new partnerships. The presence of an EKLIPSE team allowed to:

·         Discover business initiatives in nature-based solutions

·         Network with innovative businesses

·         Learn about the latest research and funding

EKLIPSE colleague Christophe Janz took the opportunity to give a short ‘flash presentation’ during the parallel sessions, introducing the EKLIPE Mechanism and highlighting current calls.

1.06.2017 - Expert report on Knowledge Synthesis Methods is now available. [+]    

3.05.2017 EKLIPSE has published the report from its first request for synthesizing available knowledge from policy makers. [+]   

 

1.03.2017 - Final report of the Joint EKLIPSE/EPBRS/BiodivERsA foresight workshop "Social Innovation and Nature-based-solutions" is now available [+]   

 

7.10.2016 - Questionnaire about networks

EKLIPSE is paying attention to you experience with networking and science-policy interaction! If you are representative or active member of a network that works on biodiversity and ecosystem services related fields, please spend 20 minutes with filling our questionnaire about network functioning. Your answers will help us to make EKLIPSE better, that is, to develop a more inclusive and efficient network of networks.

Link to the questionnaire: http://ww2.unipark.de/uc/eklipse-network-questionnaire/

 

23.09.2016 - EKLIPSE project at the European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016

The EKLIPSE project was very well represented at the European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016 that took place in Antwerp this week. The project had a stand at the Ecosystem Services Fair, which was a great opportunity to publicise the project and its overall aim of developing a long term mechanism to improve the interface between science, policy and society. A very nice analogy was made during the fair - of the EKLIPSE project acting as a cocoon, helping the butterfly emerge as a mechanism! EKLIPSE also had a session during the conference, where a number of different approaches were presented on how to communicate to policy. The conference was a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones, publicise our project, learn about how to better communicate, let people know about our calls, and our 1st joint science, policy and society conference in December in Brussels. Please join us there for more interesting discussions and action!

 

18.08.2016 - Science cafés

The EKLIPSE project will organize a series of Science Cafés to engage with society, both during the EKLIPSE project and the resulting science-policy-society mechanism. The engagement of society in issues around nature, biodiversity and ecosystem services is crucial. Citizens have often strong interests and a wealth of knowledge about these issues, as well as needs and expectations that can and should be addressed by science and policy. These Science Cafés are intended to be very interactive: they will provide information on specific themes, but will mainly aim to engage citizens, their knowledge, enthusiasm and action.

The first Science Café event will be held in Helsinki on the 6th September 2016 and will focus on the topic: “Nature-based solutions in urban areas” The Science Café will encourage a wide range of citizens to "come, discuss and dream with scientists of future cities where nature is the key to improving our urban lives and to protect the environment". For more information, please contact secretariat@eklipse-mechanism.eu.

Each Science Café will be followed by a broad dissemination of the outputs and outcomes via social and traditional media. The discussion on each topic could be discussed beforehand and afterwards on our Science Society Policy Forum, which will be set up before the end of the year. 

 

15.07.2016 - Our expert group on NBS

 

 

Following an impressive response to our first call for expertise, we have now selected our expert group on NBS.

 

 

 

 

11.07.2016 - MOU with EU BON

GEO BON

At the GEO BON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting in Leipzig last week (4-8th July 2016), Carsten Neßhöver signed a Memorandum of Understanding with EU BON, on behalf of the EKLIPSE project. The main objective of EU BON is to build a substantial European contribution to the “Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network” (GEO BON). To achieve this goal, EU BON intends to connect to other leading institutions, organizations and projects in the biodiversity research and environmental information realm in Europe and also globally. This links up very well with the aim of EKLIPSE to build the "Network of Networks". To achieve this, EKLIPSE aims to engage with networks from different relevant subjects and from all over Europe, from local to international, to map existing knowledge, find out the best ways to bring knowledge together and to use it for decision support. The MoU with EU BON is a fantastic way to start building these partnerships!

 

27.05.2016 - EKLIPSE flyer

The first EKLIPSE flyer is ready. Click here for download.