Workshop 2020

Lively two-day panel discussions: "Linking Science and Policy for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity"

Do you work as a researcher, decision maker or practitioner in the field of Biodiversity Conservation? Are you also interested in the Science-Policy interface but not sure how and where to start? Then join us for an online workshop on November 3 and 4, 2020 – 3 pm CET co-organized by the Young Ecosystem Services Specialists (YESS) and the West African Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (WABES). The theme of the workshop is “ Linking Science and Policy for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity” and it aims to provide valuable knowledge to address gaps between scientists and policymakers and to bring good practices to the science-policy interface at the national level.

In these two days of panel discussions, we will navigate the world of science-policy interface with some experienced policy-makers and researchers as panelists, learn about the challenges they came across, and ask for advice that they would like to give for starting in this field and to achieve positive outcomes. Discover our high-profile speakers in the flyer attached and find more details in the full agenda here.

Register here by November 1st

Linking Science and Policy for the Sustainable Use and Conservation of Biodiversity

3 – 4 November 2020, Online

Duration: 2 hours

3 November 2020 3:00 – 5:00 PM CET

Day 1: Using science to frame policy: experiences and needs of policymakers

Time Session
3.00 - 3.15 Opening
Welcome Remarks by Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, University of Ghana, IPBES Bureau Member
Live Polling
3.15 - 3.30

Introductory Speech
Mr. Basile van Havre, Co-Chair of the Open-ended WG for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

3.30 - 4.30

Panel discussion:
T
he role of science in the policy process as a researcher: challenges and success factors of science-policy interactions.

Moderated by YESS representatives with:
Sir Robert Watson, Former Chair, IPBES, Professor Emeritus, University of East Anglia, UK
Dr. Claudio Chiarolla, Programme Management Officer, CBD Secretariat
Ms. Karin Zaunberger, Policy Officer, European Commission
Dr. Hilde Eggermont, Coordinator, Belgian Biodiversity Platform Belgian Focal Point, IPBES
Dr. Johannes Foerster, Researcher, Helmholtz Center for Environment Research
Mr. Graeme Cook, Head of Research and Sustainable Scrutiny, Scottish Parliament

4.30 - 4.50

Q&A
Moderated by WABES representatives

4.50 - 5.00

Closing remarks by the organizers

Duration: 2 hours

4 November 2020 3:00 – 5:00 PM CET

Day 2: Addressing the needs of policymakers: experiences and advice from researchers

Time Session
3.00 - 3.15 Opening
Welcome Remarks by Nina Kaiser & Giovanni Flores, YESS Executive team
Live Polling
3.15 - 3.30

Introductory Speech
Dr. Juliette Young, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK

3.30 - 4.30

Panel discussion:
Contributing to the policy process as a researcher: challenges and success factors of science-policy interactions.

Moderated by YESS representatives with:
Dr. Kai Chan, Professor University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Philista Malaki, Senior Research Scientist, National Museum of Kenya, Kenya
Ms. Ingunn Storrø, Head of the IPBES Technical Support Unit on capacity building
Dr. Nicole de Paula, Founder, ED/1st Klaus Toepfer Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
Dr. Denise Matias, Research Scientist Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Germany

4.30 - 4.50

Q&A
Moderated by YESS representatives

4.50 - 5.00

Closing remarks by the organizers