Our events

Eklipse has organised, contributed and participated in various conferences and other events. Eklipse supports and encourages capacity building events, but also societal debate and citizen engagement on policy and research, relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe.


Capacity Building

January 2020 – Workshops “Science-Policy Interface (SPI) training ”

Location: Budapest (14th January); Porto (20th January),
Organisers: Eklipse

Target audiences:  young professionals in the first 5 years of their career

 Goal: build the capacity of participants to better understand policy processes and how emerging issues can be better integrated into policy agendas (both research and policy development) in a pro-active manner. The workshops concentrate on the different phases of policy cycles, enabling participants to comprehend how to be active from agenda-setting and policy formulation to decision-making and implementation.

Slides, pictures, poster and a Training Manual available online

2019-2020 Workshop series : “NGO capacity building regarding the role of grids in a renewables-based electricity sector”

M1: 11th of July 2019, @ Berlin, Germany
M2: 25th of October 2019, webinar
M3: 4th of March 2020, webinar
Organiser: Renewable Grid Initiative

 Target audience: Environmental NGO representatives, both professional and volunteers; experts from various fields (policymakers, scientists, industry representatives). The event is targeted at a European audience.

Goal: Module I: The role of grids in the energy transition: Training & Exchange for NGOs
Module II: Digitisation in the Electricity Sector: Behind the Buzzword – NGO training and exchange
Module III: Of Pipes and Pylons – Is Europe planning energy infrastructure for a Paris compatible future?


23rd. 25th & 26th June 2020 – Workshop “Transformative Change in the global post-2020 Biodiversity Framework”

Location: online
Organisers: Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, European Commission & Eklipse

Report available soon online


Capacity Building

23rd July 2019 – Webinar: “Exploring financing options for greener cities”

Location: online
Co-organiser: ICLEI – Local governments for sustainability and the NATURVATION project

Target audience: local stakeholders having an interest in better understanding (1) the financing landscape, (2) financing options, (3) possible ‘investment’ cases and (4) financial arrangements (such as blended financing).

Report available online

21-25th of October 2019 – Session : Business-oriented session, in the context of the ESP 10 World Conference

Location: Hannover, Germany
Organiser: Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP)

Target audience: Scientists, practitioners and policy makers

Goal: Strengthen science, policy, and business collaboration and uptake of ecosystem service concepts, the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) has organised a business-oriented workshop during its ESP 10 World conference. This symposium welcomed up to six business representatives to share their ecosystem services experiences from the perspective of their corporate practices, with the objective of stimulating the academic community to better understand what ecosystem services means to the stakeholder in the private sector and how they can be part of the ongoing drive to incorporate the concept into corporate action.


7th to 9th May 2019 – Conference: “World Congress for Wetland and lake restoration – Living lakes: Business and NGO partnership for climate change mitigation and adaptation”

Location: Valencia, Spain
Organiser: Fundación Global Nature Spain and Global Nature Fund International

 Target audience: Stakeholders related to lake and wetland management, including: companies of economic sectors benefiting directly from lakes ecosystem services (e.g. tourism, food), farmers and fishermen, administrations and political decision makers at local and regional level, scientific institutions, NGOs and other representatives of the local communities.

Goal: Focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation in lake and wetland regions, conference delegates from governments, corporates and NGOs discussed and evaluated what – from municipal to federal level – can be done to contribute to an increase in the resilience of lakes and wetlands as ecosystems, as well as the resilience of local communities living around lakes, against negative impacts of climate change. The role of business and their responsibility in contributing to strategies for the protection of water ecosystems and their crucial services was also addressed.

Material available online:
Report on the speed networking session on day III
Conference programs
Speakers book
Event website

23 and 24 January 2019 – The EKLIPSE Proof of Concept Conference

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: Eklipse secretariat

Target audience: The conference was an opportunity for networking with fellow policy makers, scientists, citizens and other stakeholders with an interest in strengthening the links and interface between science, policy and society on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Moreover, participants were given a chance to engage fully in the implementation of the future Eklipse mechanism, to ensure that science, policy and society are better linked.

Material available online:

Video of the morning session

Video of the afternoon session


8th to 9th October 2019 – Workshop: “Exploring financing options for greener cities – Strengthening the capacity of local stakeholders to explore appropriate financing arrangements for nature-based interventions”

Location: Athens, Greece
Organiser: ICLEI – Local governments for sustainability and the NATURVATION project

Target audiences:NBS stakeholders

Goal: Increase capacity to respond to the community development needs of financing arrangements for local biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions interventions in response to local urban challenges

Report available online

1st and 2nd October 2019: Workshop – “Plastics in our Ocean: A micro or macro problem?”

Location: Donóstia – San Sebastián, Spain
Organiser: NanoGUNE

Target audience: Stakeholders affected or affecting the problem of plastics and microplastics in the ocean

Goal: Promote co-learning and co-creation between all participants, in a highly participatory way, on the problem of plastics and microplastics in the ocean and their effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. It focused on how science and technology, industry, policy, and the societal factor can contribute to solve it in a European perspective.

Report on the lessons learnt now available online



22nd January until 25th January 2018 – Webconference: “The impacts of artificial Electromagnetic Radiation on wildlife (flora and fauna)”

Location: online
Organiser: EKLIPSE

Material available online:
Current Knowledge Overview report
Web Conference report

Capacity Building

16th April 2018 – Webinar: “The potential of collaborative governance in addressing institutional misfit”

Location: online
Organiser: Project cp³ “Civil-public-private-partnerships – collaborative governance approaches for policy innovation to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services delivery in agricultural landscapes” funded under a BiodivERsA/FACCE-JPI 2013-2014 joint call.

Target audience: Researchers, both from social and natural sciences, policy-makers at regional and EU level, as well as practitioners interested in the institutional analysis of ecosystem services governance.

Material available online


24th to 27th September 2018: Workshop – “Planning for an uncertain future: Climate Change, Wetlands and Natura 2000”

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Organiser: CEEweb for Biodiversity

Target audience: Policy makers, national and EU authorities, scientists and policy NGOs.

Final report available

17th to 20th June 2018 – Workshop: “Building the Capacity of EU early career researchers to operate effectively at the Science-Policy-Society interface”

Location: Lošinj, Croatia
Organiser: IMBER– Integrated Marine Biosphere Research Project Early Career Network and MarCons COST Action

Target audience: The workshop is open to EU-based early career researchers (less than 7 years post-PhD) and final stage PhD students from any scientific discipline, providing that their research is in some way related to the management of coastal and marine resources.

Material available online


8th and 9th May 2018 – Short Course: “Ecosystem Services for Site Managers”

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Organiser: Eurosite – Network for Europe’s natural site managers

Target audience: Natural site/ protected area managers as the primary target group and researchers with experience in issues related to ecosystem services and natural areas’ management.

Material available online