Conservation case presented at LIFE+ conference

Stafen Schindler presented “Multifunctionality of floodplain landscapes: the effects of management options on ecosystem services” at  “Side-arms and floodplains along large rivers. LIFE+ project closing conference. 18-19 November 2013, Mohács, Hungary”.


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:

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- Request on nature-based solutions pin over

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- 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)


End of day 2

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

Where are we in the BiodiversityKnowledge project?

Update 21.03.2014

Update 13.12.2013

    • Looking for a visual introduction into our project? Watch our video on Vimeo.


Update 9.12.2013

  • Most results from the BDK2 conference have been compiled (including videos) at the conference webpage.
  • Revision of our White paper is still going on, relfecting on the results from BDK2 - more updates soon. Main issues:
    • better reflect needs for capacity building
    • reflect more on involvement of different forms of knowledge (and according partners)
    • better outline different kinds of requests and how they can be tackled by different methods of analysis and assessment
    • develop governance structure proposal based on institutional feedback
  • BiodivKnowledge with other European partners is currently actively supporting discussions on the stakehodler strategy of IPBES at its second plenary meeting (9-14 of December, 2013) - follow us on Twitter @BiodivKnowledge @spiral_project

Update: After 2nd conference, 01.10.2013


Science Policy Symposium: Water Lives

Numerous EU biodiversity and water related policies have been designed to protect freshwater ecosystems and ensure their sustainable use. However, major challenges still persist in the implementation of these policies.
Freshwater ecosystems support 10% of all animal species on Earth and provide a diverse array of functions and services that contribute to human well-being. In recent decades global freshwater biodiversity has declined at a greater rate compared to terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

The EU FP7 projects BioFresh and REFRESH organise a Science Policy Symposium for Freshwater Life with the aim of bringing together policy makers and stakeholders from the water, energy and conservation sector, NGOs, the scientific community and selected experts to discuss challenges to implementing the 2020 Biodiversity strategy and the EU Water Framework Directive.

More Information

Second BiodiversityKnowledge Conference

Berlin conference venue


Towards a future Network of Knowledge

on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe

September, 24th-26th, 2013

Berlin, Jerusalemkirche



Many thanks to all the participants who attended the conference both in Berlin and through the webstream for a successful exchange of experiences and fruitful discussions on finalizing the recommended design of a future Network of Knowledge (NoK) on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe.

Presentations, videos, reports from breakout groups as well as photos of the whole conference can be found under this link.

You can also have a look at our 2 latest Prezi presentations summarizing the conference outcomes and the project's latest updates by BiodiversityKnowledge coordinator Carsten Neßhöver:

Summary and next steps
BiodiversityKnowledge - Status October 2013



The objective of this second conference was to discuss and finalize the recommended design of a future Network of Knowledge (NoK) on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe.

The focus of the conference was on presenting options for the NoK, which BiodiversityKnowledge has been developing over the past two years through a broad consultation with more than 300 active participations of representatives of the biodiversity and ecosystems services knowledge community. Stakeholders involved ranged from practitioners, researchers to policy makers.

For supporting the discussion, the project team provided a White Paper prior to the conference. This White Paper provides a concrete concept for such a NoK, including its context, its functions, overall objectives as well as the practicalities of such a NoK through the lessons learned from three demonstration cases. The paper also elaborates on governance issues, rules and procedures and highlights the strong and weak points as well as the uncertainties for future implementation.

The conference provided the space for institutions and any interested players to voice their interests in contributing to the network of knowledge and outlined the roles they can envisage for themselves.  

The Programme - The NoK's Guide to the conference - White Paper & Executive summary

List of participants - Practical Information