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

Join us from your own office for a collaborative approach allowing you to give your input on this important emerging issue.

Artificial Electromagnetic Radiations (EMR) are used in many different ways, with uses expanding in terms of the range of frequencies and the volume of transmissions.  An important issue is to explore how current use of EMR can affect biodiversity and ecosystem services (such as pollination and pest control). Better understanding and awareness of environmental risks from EMR can lead to the development, promotion and implementation of adequate and timely policy solutions.

The EKLIPSE project is inviting a wide range of experts from different disciplines as well as policy makers and practitioners for an international discussion of the current knowledge on the effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) on wildlife.

The conference will aim to discuss the scope of existing studies, weaknesses and gaps as well as major findings, and to identify and prioritize key research needs potentially in relation to current policy needs.

REGISTRATION HERE.

 

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.