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ALTER-Net & EKLIPSE Conference: The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020

Research insights and needs for biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe

What should the post 2020 European biodiversity strategy look like? How will research contribute to this strategy and help to define its goals?

The 2019 biennial ALTER-Net and EKLIPSE, entitled The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020: Research insights and needs for biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe, will explore these very questions. With the central theme of the post 2020 European biodiversity targets and the potential contributions of scientific research, we will take a proactive role in the consideration and shaping of this critical strategy.

Researchers, scientists, decision-makers, practitioners (from all disciplines and fields), and anyone invested in the future of biodiversity in Europe are invited to register to attend this conference.

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Key Messages

Engage with the primary output of the 2019 ALTER-Net EKLIPSE Conference: the Key Messages.

Conference themes

The conference will cover four specific sub-themes:

  1. Envisaging plausible futures
  2. Probable changes in nature
  3. New relationships
  4. Policy responses


Conference objectives:

  • To provide a forum for dialogue across fields and disciplines of research and policy and to create a platform for nature-science interface.
  • To formulate the needs for synergies and research to safeguard and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services beyond 2020.
  • To build bridges between disciplines and to connect science and policy with societal sustainability challenges.
  • To explore pathways to enhance collaboration between research institutes and policymakers on an international level.

    Conference outcomes & deliverables

    • A list of strategic targets to be reached
    • Relevant policy briefs
    • A number of scientific papers to be published in an A1 Journal
    • A closer collaboration between the scientific community and the European Commission

    • Key Messages
    • "Sustainability" special edition: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service: Challenges for the Future (editors: Philip Roche and Sylvie Campagne)



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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:

    Conference flyer

    Conference programme


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