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LifeWatch (preparatory phase)

Reference no: 2008/005
Period: January 2008 till January 2011
Status: Completed

Institutes (31)  Top 
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), more, co-ordinator
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), more, partner
  • Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), more, partner
  • Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), more, partner
  • Free University of Berlin; Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (FUB-BGBM), more, partner
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Umweltchemie und Ökotoxiko, more, partner
  • Cardiff University, more, partner
  • Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), more, partner
  • Natural Environment Research Council; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), more, partner
  • National Natural History Museum Paris (MNHN), more, partner
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), more, partner
  • University of Gothenburg; Faculty of Science; Department of Marine Sciences; Kristineberg Marine Research Station (KMRS), more, partner
  • Finnish Environment Institute (FEI/SYKE), more, partner
  • National research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands (CWI), more, partner
  • Natural History Museum (NHM), more, partner
  • Comunitá ambiente : management and conservation of nature in Europe, more, partner
  • HealthGrid, more, partner
  • Swedish Research Council (VR), more, partner
  • European Commission; Seventh Framework Programme, more, sponsor
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), more
  • Polish Academy of Sciences; Museum and Institute of Zoology (PAS-MIZPAN), more
  • Federal Environmental Agency (UBA-QA), more
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), more
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences, more
  • Fundacao para e Ciencia e a Tecnologia, more
  • University of Aarhus (AU), more
  • Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Scientific research centre, more
  • Italian National Research Council (CNR), more
  • University of Bucharest, more
  • University of Gothenburg, more
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more

The Life Watch e-Science and Technology Infrastructure for biodiversity data and observatories will be a large-scale European research infrastructure bringing together:

  • a system of marine, terrestrial and freshwater observatories;
  • common access to a huge amount of interlinked, distributed data from databases and monitoring sites;
  • computational facilities in virtual laboratories with analytical and modelling tools;
  • targeted user and training support and a programme for public services.

The biodiversity research infrastructure will open up new and exciting research opportunities, and will help to enhance the understanding and sustainable management of our natural environment. This preparatory project brings together the interested EU Member and Associated States with the objective to prepare a cooperation agreement on the construction and maintenance of the Life Watch research infrastructure. In addition, the leading networks in biodiversity science and stakeholder institutes are preparing the organisation and logistics for the following construction phase. The current project delivers the technical, legal and financial preparations required for entering and managing the Construction Phase.

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