Proof of Concept Conference

The EKLIPSE Proof of Concept Conference 
Delivering a Knowledge and Learning Mechanism for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

23rd January 2019 (with implementation workshop on 24th January)

POCC Day 23rd January 2019          What is EKLIPSE and why does it matter?
09:00-10:00  Registration and tea/coffee
10:00-10:15 Welcome and opening remarks - Christos Fragakis, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Understanding the purpose of EKLIPSE and how we have all made a difference

Interactive session on the why, how and who of the EKLIPSE mechanism

EKLIPSE presentation: Juliette Young (EKLIPSE coordination and Secretariat)

Panel discussion

Chair : Allan Watt (Chair of the Knowledge Coordination Body) 

Panel members: Chris Raymond (Expert Working Group – NBS request), Marco Fritz (Requester), Rania Spyropoulou (KCB member), Ute Jacob (KCB member), Miriam Grace (Methods Expert Group), Alexandra Lux (Formative Evaluation), Marie Vandewalle (Ethics and Secretariat), Juliette Young (Secretariat), Riikka Paloniemi (Societal Engagement), Maurice Hoffmann (Business Plan Group).

Q&A from the audience and via Twitter.


Lunch and market stand

Stands will include:

  • Evaluating EKLIPSE processes : how it‘s done and what we’ve learned
  • Working with networks: lessons learned and expanding the network
  • Building capacity across Europe through EKLIPSE support
  • Engaging with societal actors: science cafes across Europe
  • Building a Science-Policy Interface on a strong Ethical Infrastructure
  • DG R&I request on Nature-based Solutions to Promote Climate Change Resilience in Urban Areas - developing an impact evaluation framework.
  • IUCN and Swedish Board of Agriculture request on 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
  • French Ministry for Environment request on which types and components of urban and peri-urban blue/green spaces have a significant impact on human mental health and mental wellbeing
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency request on how environmental regulators can support businesses to improve the outcomes of their operations for biodiversity
  • Buglife request on the impacts of electromagnetic radiation on wildlife (invertebrates, vertebrates and plants)
  • DG R&I request on better linking global to EU initiatives and vice versa.
  • BiodivERsA request on what is hampering the effectiveness of existing approaches that aim to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function and services.
  • Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern Request on how are European energy policies affecting biodiversity and ecosystems services in countries globally.

Panel discussion – Complementary approaches for a robust Science-policy-society interface in Europe. Chaired by Sybille van den Hove (EKLIPSE Strategic Advisory Board Chair)

A panel discussion bringing together representatives from the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism, Joint Research Centre, DG Research and Innovation, DG Environment and the European Environment Agency to frame the mechanism and what it can bring to collaboration in the broader science-policy-society landscape.

Panel members : Ronan Uhel (EEA), Maria Graca de Carvalho (SAM), Stefan Leiner (DG ENV), Josefina Enfedaque (DG R&I), Thomas Koetz (IPBES), Constantin Ciupagea (JRC).

Q&A from the audience and via Twitter.


Mechanism ‘roll-out’ plan

Luise Noring (Copenhagen Business School) will present the EKLIPSE roll-out or business plan on behalf of the EKLIPSE Business Plan Group, followed by a Q&A.
16:30-17:00 Coffee/tea/refreshments and networking

Feedback from conference participants on how to improve the mechanism

The conference participants will be asked to reflect in small groups on the information received during the day and suggest improvements on the design and implementation of the future mechanism. This input will be invaluable in the last year of the project to develop a robust and long-term mechanism based on the knowledge and expertise of the wider community.


Evening social event – to network, make new contacts and friends, and learn about new initiatives. The event will include a session on ‘naming the mechanism’: we will draw on the imagination and wit of the participants to brainstorm and vote on a name for the mechanism post January 2020

Workshop day – 24th January 2019

  Working together to implement the mechanism


The EKLIPSE roll-out plan 

  • Introduction on the roll-out plan
  • Discussion and Q&A on the roll-out plan
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea/refreshments and networking

Solutions room I – Our experiences from EKLIPSE

Main question: What worked well, and not so well?
World Café on lessons learnt from:
a. Processes for Knowledge Synthesis 
b. Societal engagement 
c. Building a network of networks 
d. Implementing an ethical framework 
12:30-13:30 Lunch 

Solutions room II – Improving the uniqueness and the added value of the Mechanism

  • Main question: What do we need to change, and how?
  • Reports from the world café tables 
  • Small group discussions “with neighbours” (3-5 persons): What do we need to improve the uniqueness?
  • Plenary discussion: how can we improve further?
  • Wrap up: priorities for a unique Mechanism
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee, tea, refreshments and networking

 Signing off the roll out plan and next steps:

  • Roll-out plan: what more is needed for the mechanism to be implemented?
  • How can others support the mechanism (networks, individuals, institutions etc)?
  • Wrap up and joint next steps on the roll-out plan
16:30 Farewell and end of workshop

What is the conference (23rd January) about?
The success of EKLIPSE and its resulting mechanism is in everyone’s hands. The ‘requesters’ need to know what knowledge is out there to answer their policy or societal needs; the knowledge holders (be they scientists or other citizens) want their knowledge to have an impact; and the extensive networks working on biodiversity and ecosystem services have the enthusiasm, knowledge and leverage to keep the mechanism successful in the long term.

We want to bring all these important actors together at our Proof of Concept Conference,
where we will showcase how EKLIPSE has already started to make a difference to the way in which we use knowledge for the fate of biodiversity and ecosystem services. We will also explain how you can engage in the current and future mechanism, and what the added-value for you could be. The aims of the Proof of Concept conference are to:

  • Showcase our outputs and outcomes to people who have already been involved but more importantly to those who haven’t been involved in EKLIPSE yet;
  • Increase our collaboration with relevant networks and initiatives, in the widest possible sense;
  • Decide on a name for the future mechanism.

What is the workshop (24th January) about?
The workshop consists of small group discussions on the practical implementation of the mechanism: who needs to do what and how. The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Discuss the Roll Out Plan to allow for its rapid implementation;
  • Determine next steps in terms of the implementation of the mechanism, including roles of specific networks, institutions and individuals;
  • Reflect on lessons learned from EKLIPSE (through innovative Solutions Room approaches) to improve the future mechanism and ensure a smooth transition.