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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


Conference Workshops


Under the four designated themes, topical workshops (including talks and presentations) will be organized for deeper exploration of the theme contents. Featured workshops include the following:

Theme 1: Envisaging Plausible Futures

Workshop 1:
Envisaging Plausible Futures in Europe: Region 1

Workshop 2: Envisaging Plausible Futures in Europe: Region 2

Workshop 3: Envisaging Plausible Futures in Europe: Region 3

Workshop 4: Envisaging Plausible Futures in Europe: Region 4

  • These workshops will feature discussion groups in lieu of speakers

Theme 2: Probable Changes in Nature

Workshop 1: Expected changes in freshwater biodiversity (Sonja Jähnig & Gregor Kalinkat)

  • Climate change in estuaries: sensitivity analysis and adaptation strategies for biodiversity in the Scheldt estuary (Belgium) (Gunther Van Rykegem)
  • Large-scale scenarios for future freshwater biodiversity (Jan Janse)
  • Why should we care about biodiversity of microorganisms in freshwater? (Hans-Peter Grossart)

Workshop 2: Expected changes in biodiversity and the policy challenge (Philip Roche)

  • Biodiversity in the Scottish Uplands (Rob Brooker)
  • Invasive alien species impacts on biodiversity: addressing Target 5 on Target 6 beyond 2020 (Heliana Teixeira)
  • Seagrass meadows Status and Restoration at Ria de Aveiro (Portugal): Natured Based-Solutions to mitigate loss of Biodiversity and ES provisioning (Ana I. Sousa)
  • How evident are evidence-based policies for the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU and globally? (Mario Giampietro)
  • Working across science-policy interfaces: lessons learnt from the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group on the IPBES Global Assessment (Zuzana Harmáčková)

Workshop 3: Merging diverse perspectives into the post 2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy (Liisa Varuma)

  • This workshop will feature a discussion group in lieu of speakers

Theme 3: New Relationships

Workshop 1: Research to understand human-freshwater biodiversity relationships in the EU
(Sonja Jähnig and Gregor Kalinkat)

  • Potential strategies for reconciling stakeholder-based water management with sound ecological science to balance water security with biodiversity conservation (Charles B. van Rees)
  • Freshwater culturomics (Ivan Jaric)
  • Social-Ecological Analysis of Biodiversity Conflicts - A Concept for Research (Thomas Fickel)
  • Hyperbenthos in the upper reaches of the Scheldt estuary (Belgium): reestablishment of an indispensable trophic link (Liesbeth De Neve)

Workshop 2: Relational values and active citizenship for nature
(Wessel Ganzevoort, Riyan van den Born & Thomas Mattijssen)

  • Relational Values: what are they and do they work? (Wouter de Groot & Luuk Knippenberg)
  • A sets perspective on relational values of nature: how new media and technologies influence the relation between people and nature (Bas Breman)
  • Connectedness with nature in citizen science (Wessel Hanzevoort & Riyan van den Born)
  • Bonding by doing: (feeling) ownership of self-organizing groups of citizens taking charge of their living environment (Rosalie van Dam)
  • The meaning of active citizenship for green space governance (Thomas Mattijssen)
  • Biodiversity loss as a problem of amnesia and hubris (Luuk Knippenberg)

Workshop 3: Eklipse Development Aid providers in the EU to talk about the inclusion of biodiversity in development cooperation activities, exchange best practice and how to go further (Jorge Ventocilla)

  • This workshop will feature a discussion group in lieu of speakers

Workshop 4: New forms of human-nature relationships for a better and more sustainable future (Philip Roche and Jiska van Dijk)

  • Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity (Ana Isabel Lillebø)
  • A science-based opportunity to reconcile food security, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development between the land and the sea - opportunities and challenges beyond 2020 (Olga Ameixa)
  • An accounting framework for the biophysical profiling of the European agricultural system (Juan José Cadillo Benalcazar)
  • Valuing biodiversity and reversing its decline by 2030 – outcomes of the Think 2030 discussions on a post-2020 EU biodiversity policy framework (Erik Gerritsen)

Theme 4 Policy Responses

Workshop 1: Innovations in biodiversity policy
(Onno Knol)

  • Policy streamlining for biodiversity and ecosystem services (Lawrence Jones-Walters and Rob Bugter)
  • Is science responsive to policy, and policy responsive to science? (Theo vander sluis)
  • Setting regional conservation targets in relation to a changing climate and environment (Maud Raman)
  • Metrics and tools for evaluating ecological representation in the Natura 2000 network (Kerstin Jantke)
  • Is Natura 2000 large enough? - Evaluating and improving the European Union’s nature protection network towards current and potential post-2020 biodiversity representation targets (Anke Müller)

Workshop 2: Freshwater and Wetlands (Charles van Rees)

  • Ecosystem-based management planning across aquatic realms at a coastal socioecologic Natura 2000 territory (Ana Isabel Lillebø) 10
  • Introducing ecosystem services and biodiversity into management planning with the River Ecosystem Service Index (RESI) (Martin Pusch)
  • European leadership in the Mediterranean – does it stop at the borders? (Ilse Geijzendorffer)
  • Conservation and large-scale restoration of wetlands is key for future nature and climate change policies in the EU (Kris Decleer)
  • Time for action: EU conservation policy needs a boost as 2020 nears (Virgilio Hermoso)
  • Salt marsh Blue Carbon storage and plants biodiversity: spatio-temporal changes due to environmental and anthropogenic drivers (Ana I. Sousa)

Workshop 3: Green Infrastructure (Francis Turkelboom)

  • Green Infrastructure: How to brand the need for green infrastructure? (Wouter Van Reeth & Anik Schneiders)
  • Feedback from a systematic review on the role of verges of transport infrastructure as habitat and corridor for fauna (Sylvie Vanpeene)
  • Nature Outlook 2050: different perspectives on green infrastructure? (Helen Michels)
  • How to manage multifunctionality - The European concept of Green Infrastructure (Marion Mehring)
  • Social aspects of Green Infrastructure governance: role of stakeholder analysis and social valuation of ecosystem services (Monika Suskevics)
  • Protecting nature: The zero-sum game or surfing the waves? (Francis Turkelboom)

Workshop 4: Monitoring, indicators and implementation (Jorge Ventocilla)

  • Re-conceptualising monitoring and evaluation for post-2020 Biodiversity strategy (Kerry Waylen)
  • Exploring linkages between biodiversity indicators through network analysis (André Mascarenhas)
  • Enforcing the Biodiversity Strategy through legal action (An Cliquet)
  • Drivers of Conservation Success in the EU – identifying the main success factors underpinning the protection of species and habitats under the EU nature directives (Gustavo Becerra Jurado)

Workshop 5: The policy implications of citizen science. How citizen science could support better policy formulation, implementation and assessment (Gÿorgyi Bela and Miklos Ban)

  • Incorporation of the My Natura 2000 citizen science mobile application into biodiversity related assessments in Hungary (Györgyi Bela) 11
  • "Sharing is nice." Community consequences of self organised collections of biodiversity data in Central and Eastern Europe: the role of citizens, professionals and open tools (Miklos Ban)

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Registration / Fees

Please note: the conference is limited to 200 participants

90€ - ALTER-Net partners or EKLIPSE members

120€ - non-member participants

Registration: Please fill in the Registration Form



Tyler Kulfan (ALTER-Net Secretariat) - General inquiries, registration, proposals

Janine van Vessem (INBO, Belgium) - Further information, conference contents


Further information:

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Conference programme


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