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Event ALTER-Net Conference 2013: Science underpinning the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy

The theme of conference will be science underpinning the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. It will take place at the Augustine Monastery in Ghent, from 15-18 April 2013.

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Period [15/04/2013 - 18/04/2013]
Event location Augustine Monastery Academiestraat 1, Ghent
Host European Commission, INBO
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Contact person Maurice Hoffmann
Geographical coverage Belgium, EU - European Union,
Keywords biodiversity strategy, conference,

The primary focus of the conference will be the objectives and targets of the EU's 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, which should be realized by the end of this decade. Being a science-policy interface network, ALTER-Net wants to help the EU in realizing these targets by providing scientific knowledge, e.g. by pointing out possible weaknesses, opportunities and necessities, and by helping to find solutions and evidence-based actions.

We will start with statements and accompanying questions for every target. These were prepared jointly by ALTER-Net and EU representatives. In this way, active participation of scientists and EU policymakers is ensured. These statements can be found here and will be open for discussion in our LinkedIn group.

The program of the 4-day conference in April will feature half-day sessions on each EU target and will include a mix of oral presentations and workshops. The workshops should result in workable suggestions to EU policymakers.

During the conference it will be possible to present your work that is relevant to the conference theme through poster presentations.

Several side events are also planned, e.g. a Summer School Alumni event, a full-day workshop on 'Ecosystem services at the interface between supply and demand', a workshop on ALTER-Net multi-site experiments, ...

You are given the opportunity to organize a side event yourself concerning the Conference theme or on any issue involving ALTER-Net common research ideas, cooperation, project development, ... If you intend to organize a supplementary side event, please contact .

Additionally, also other European initiatives on Biodiversity knowledge gathering, are given the floor, e.g. LTER-Europe and ENV Europe and  BiodiversityKnowledge (KNEU).

To take part in the conference please mark the dates in your diary and fill in the registration form before March 22nd. Please also contribute to the pre-conference discussion as much and as provocatively as possible.

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