Jointly identifying research needs

Main objective: the overarching goal of EKLIPSE is to improve the integration of emerging issues into policy development related to or impacting on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Approach: We will reach this objective by establishing a transdisciplinary approach to jointly identify key emerging issues and research priorities with scientific actors from different disciplines, actors from practice, policy and society across sectors and countries in Europe.  In particular, we will analyse best practices in how emerging issues are communicated and integrated in research agendas and policy.

We will use innovative approaches (e.g. participatory townhall meetings such as the World Wide Views events, e-consultations, internet interactive platforms) to engage all relevant stakeholders from society, research and policy in the identification of current knowledge gaps and emerging issues on biodiversity. Part of our work will include co-designed foresight activities to identify and explore emerging issues in close collaboration with networks such as BiodivERsA3, EPBRS and ALTER-Net .

Throughout the project we will share the lessons learned via capacity building activities for both researchers and policy makers. 

On-going processes: We are currently scoping out a request with Buglife on: What are the impacts of artificial electromagnetic radiation on wildlife? What are the evidence gaps that are the highest priority to address? What policy solutions should be considered? We have a call for knowledge open on the topic until 18th April 2017. See our Open Calls

Finalised processes: We organised a foresight workshop on nature-based solutions in collaboration with EPBRS and BiodivERsA on December 6 & 7, 2016. More information on the outcomes can be found here.

What's in it for me: 
As a policy maker, you can contribute to innovative consultations to explore emerging issues and bring in the perspective of your sector. You can also propose subjects for consultation and debates to identify research priorities and emerging issues.

Scientists from natural and social sciences can contribute to shaping the future research policies related to biodiversity and ecosystem services and other relevant topics. You can bring your expertise to our horizon scanning exercises and foresight events and follow capacity building events to better understand the policy cycle and how emerging issues reach policy agendas.  

Citizens can join science cafes and online debates and discussions through our science society forum. You will have the opportunity to explain your concerns related to biodiversity and to hear about cutting-edge science that can have implications on your life.

To learn more about how to get involved please join the EKLIPSE expert network, sign up to receive our newsletter via Keep me Posted, read our open calls or propose a question.