Proceedings of our 2nd Conference are now available

2nd BiodiversityKnowledge conference

Towards a future Network of Knowledge

on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe


September, 24th-26th, 2013

Berlin, Jerusalemkirche


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Day 1:   Sept 24th

Framing the challenge: Improving the evidence base for decision making, and the science-policy-society interface


Light lunch



Session 1: Welcome and inspiration                           Chair: Heidi Wittmer (UFZ)

13:00-13:20 ¹

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Opening + Rationale of the conference

Heidi Wittmer (UFZ, KNEU WP5)

13:20-13:40 ¹

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The wider science-policy-society landscape in 2013: Time to move

Carsten Neßhöver (UFZ, KNEU coordinator)

13:40-14:00 ¹

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Introduction to the Network of Knowledge (NoK) approach and White Paper

Christoph Görg (UFZ, KNEU WP5)

14:00-14:20 ¹

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The NoK prototype to conduct assessments for policy support

Barbara Livoreil (FRB, KNEU WP2/3)


Participatory walk, Part 1: Getting to know the NoK (and its challenges) through an example of a potential request:

- Request on pollinators pin over

- Request on nature-based solutions pin over

- Request on wildlife and conflictspin over

- Request on ecological infrastructurepin over

- Request on ecosystem restorationpin over

- Request on biodiversity indicatorspin over

Facilitators: Allan Watt, Jiska van Djik, Estelle Balian, Esther Carmen, Juliette Young, Stefan Schindler, Isabel Sousa Pinto, Carsten Neßhöver, Amor Torre-Martin, Rob Jongman and Marie Vandewalle


Coffee break



Session 2: Insights from testing the NoK prototype    Chair: Carsten Neßhöver (UFZ)

15:50-16:35 ¹

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Testing the prototype NoK

  1. Conservation case: Connecting conservation knowledge to the policy issue of floodplain management
  2. Agriculture case: Coordinating knowledge on natural pest control
  3. Marine case: Increasing policy awareness of kelp beds

Demonstration case leaders            

Stefan Schindler (University of Vienna, KNEU WP3)

Barbara Livoreil (FRB, KNEU WP2/3)

Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR, KNEU WP3)

16:35-16:50 ¹

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Lessons learned on methodology approaches in test cases and beyond

Andrew Pullin (Univ. of Bangor, KNEU WP2/3)

16:50-17:50 ¹

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Panel discussion on the NoK prototype with representatives from the user side

Representatives from IPBES, EEA, National Agencies and NGOs


Guided tour of the special collections of the Natural History Museum

Guides from the Natural History Museum (1 German tour and 4 English tours)


Conference dinner with the dinosaurs of the Natural History Museum of Berlin, supported by the EUBON-Project

 Photos of the dinner at the museum

Day 2:   Sept 25th

The Network of Knowledge in practice

Session on challenges and how to address them


Welcoming Coffee


Session 3: Solutions to the challenges of the NoK - Networking and policy support

                                                                                                    Chair: Allan Watt (CEH)

09:00-9:25 ¹

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Challenges of the NoK and lessons learned

Esther Carmen (CEH, KNEU WP4)

09:25-09:45 ¹

Discussion and introduction to break-out group I

Allan Watt (CEH, KNEU WP4)


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Break-out group I - startup : “Tour de groups” to discuss solutions for five main challenges:

  1. Strengthening the processes of the NoK
  2. Involvement of different groups
  3. Role of communication
  4. Usability of outputs
  5. Capacity Building (Network-function)

Moderators: Esther Carmen and Juliette Young

Group facilitators:

  1. Estelle/Allan
  1. Christoph/Barbara
  2. Amor/ Koen
  3. Heidi/ Andrew
  4. Jiska/ Isabel / Rob


Coffee break



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Continuation of Breakout Group I in 5 different rooms



Lunch break


13:30-14:15 ¹

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Wrap up from break-out group I and discussion

Rapporteur from each group


Session 4: Design options of the NoK                           Chair: Estelle Balian (RBINS)

14:15-14:35 ¹

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Insights from the NoK evaluation on governance issues

Esther Carmen (CEH, KNEU WP4)

14:35-15:00 ¹

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Presentation of the design options

Heidi Wittmer (UFZ, KNEU WP5)


Coffee break


15:30-15:50 ¹

Discussion and introduction to break-out group II

Estelle Balian (RBINS, KNEU WP1)


Break-out group II to discuss strengths and weaknesses of design options for the NoK

  1. Network option perspective
  2. Network option perspective
  3. Platform option perspective (focus including research strategy perspective)
  4. Platform option perspective (focus: policy support perspective)

Group facilitators:

A) Isabel/ Estelle

B) Allan/ Jiska

C) Jurgen/ Juliette

D) Heidi/ Christoph

(in 4 different rooms)


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Day 3:   Sept 26th

Bringing a NoK into action: joint construction of design options


Welcoming Coffee


Session 4: Design options of the NoK     (continued)          Chair: Heidi Wittmer (UFZ)

08:30-09:00 ¹

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Wrap-up of Break-out Group 2 and discussion

Rapporteur from each group


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Participatory walk, Part 2: Applying results from Day 2 on “your” case.

Facilitators: Allan, Jiska, Estelle, Esther, Juliette, Stefan, Isabel, Carsten, Amor, Rob and Marie


Session 5: Institutional perspectives                                  Chair: Heidi Wittmer (UFZ)

10:00-10:30 ¹

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Speed presentations of institutional perspective into the operationalization of the NoK

5 minutes max. each

  1. Jiska van Dijk - ALTER-Net
  2. Isabel Sousa Pinto - MARBEF
  3. Michael Mirtl – LTER-Europe
  4. Anke Hoffman - EUBON
  5. Jurgen Tack – EPBRS
  6. Ivone Perreira Martins - EEA
  7. Ole Ostermann - JRC


Coffee break


11:00-11:30 ¹

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Speed presentations continued

5 minutes max. each

  1. Peter Søgaard Jørgensen - INNGE
  2. Xavier Leroux - BiodivERsA
  3. Jonathan Porter - IALE Europe
  4. Yde de Jong - PESI
  5. Christoph Häuser – GBIF
  6. TBC – EEF
  7. Anna Maria Wremp – Lifewatch

11:30-12:30 ¹

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Round table discussion for wrap up of speed presentations

All speed presenters


Lunch break



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Participatory walk, Part 3: Assembling the diversity of potential institutional benefits and contributions

Facilitators: Allan, Jiska, Estelle, Esther, Juliette, Stefan, Isabel, Carsten, Amor, Rob and Marie


Session 6: Summary, outlook and closing                         Chair: Allan Watt (CEH)

14:30-15:00 ¹

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Summary and next steps for BiodiversityKnowledge

Invitation to join next steps

Closing words

Carsten Neßhöver (UFZ, KNEU coordinator)

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End of conference