BiodiversityKnowledge [KNEU]

Runtime: 2010 – 2014
Funding: EU-FP7


The project is targeted on the development of a recommended design for a scientific biodiversity Network of Knowledge (NoK) to inform policy‐makers, the policy‐making process and other societal actors. It will develop links to relevant clients to support the science‐society interface in Europe and beyond.


The approach integrates:
  • mapping the biodiversity knowledge landscape in Europe
  • developing a prototype of NoK by involving a wide number of institutions & networks in biodiversity research and policy
  • carrying out case studies in relevant policy fields (agriculture, biodiversity conservation, marine issues) in order to test and trial the Nok –prototype´s functioning and effectiveness
  • evaluation of the experiences by an additional expert group in order to provide input for developing a recommended design for a potential future Network of Knowledge


Thomas Wrbka (


  • UFZ Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (DE)
  • NERC-CEH Natural Environment Research Council – Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (GB)
  • RBINS Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique (BE)
  • CIIMAR Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (PT)
  • NIOZ Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek (NL)
  • FRB Fondation Francaise pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FR)
  • ALTERRA Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (NL)
  • NINA Stiftelsen Norsk Institutt for Naturforskning (NO)
  • CSIC Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES)
  • IEB HAS MTA Okologiai es Botanikai Kutatointezete (HU)
  • ECNC Stichting Europees Centrum Voor Natuurbescherming (NL)
  • Bangor University (GB)
  • INBO Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (BE)
  • Environment Agency Austria (AT)
  • SYKE Suomen Ymparistokesus(FI)
  • BEC Botanical, Envirionmental & Conservation ConsultantsLimited (IE)
  • VLIZ Vlaams Instituut vor de Zee (BE)

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