AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi participated in the first ENVRI week in Prague from November 16th to 20th. The ENVRI week is a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures, and will be organized twice a year, in November and in May. The ENVRI week will host sessions from the ENVRIplus project (http://www.envriplus.eu/).
He organised a preparatory meeting for an international workshop on “Science Interoperability across observatory networks”. The workshop, which will take place in May 2016, aims to build bridges across networks of observatories and to determine how emerging environmental research questions can benefit from new interactions and scientific interoperability.
AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi participated in the Geo Ministerial Summit that took place on 11-13 November 2015 in Mexico. He was invited to the 12 Geo-XII Plenary Session, representing the European Commission as delegate.
AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi was invited to give a plenary lecture under the framework of the JPI Climate Workshop on European Long Term Observation Networks, on 9-10th November, 2015, in Paris. The presentation specifically featured the need for integrative collaboration to develop ecological forecasting and innovative experiments to better assess climate change risks and future frontiers in ecosystem sustainability.
JPI Climate gathers 14 European countries to collaborate in the field of climate and climate change research, aiming to act as a catalysts and an interactive platform to bring together all relevant European actors. Its module "Towards decadal prediction" organised a 2-day workshop to promote active cooperation between the data users and their providers, and strengthen the collaborative work on long-term climate observing systems.
The five sessions around marine, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere and satellite data, with the goal to assess the requirements from the ESM communities and operational climate services, the quality and quantify of available data and the main gaps, how to improve the efficiency of data use in applied research, and the establishment of seamless connections towards ESM and climate service providers.
AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi gave a keynote lecture on “Challenges and research needs in soil organic matter research in the context of climate change” at the 5th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter, which took place in Göttingen, Germany from September 20th to September 24th, 2015. The presentation specifically featured the role of soil system science in climate change mitigation and the importance of the AnaEE infrastructure experimentation.
AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi was invited to give a seminar during his stay in Berkeley in September 2015. Abad Chabbi spent a week in California, from September 6th to September 11th, to work with Professor Margaret S. Torn, head of the Climate and Carbon Sciences Program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and her group on the development and the implementation strategy of the international soil warming experiment in the AnaEE distributed infrastructure. The goal is to achieve a generalizable understanding of soil response to global change, and to test management solutions in real world conditions. In this context, Abad Chabbi gave a seminar on “European integrated research infrastructure in ecosystem science: facing the challenge” on 10th September 2015.
Abad Chabbi and Franco Miglietta represented AnaEE at the last User Consultation Meeting (UCM) of the European Space Agency (ESA), which took place on 15-16 September 2015 in Krakow, Poland. The ESA-UCM was designed to gather the opinions and feedback of the scientific community (users) on the two satellite Earth Explorer Missions to finally select one of those. The Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) and the CarbonSat missions confronted in Krakow, disclosing all the details of their objectives, requirements and ambitions to a wide scientific audience.
AnaEE aimed to play a critical role in favour of the FLEX mission, as the ambition of FLEX is to provide high-resolution (300x300m) global mapping of chlorophyll fluorescence of terrestrial plants as well as of coastal/inland waters. It aims to eventually deliver new remote sensing products for early stress detection and GPP estimation that might for instance become an ideal validation benchmark for AnaEE modelling platforms.
More detail on the meeting can be found http://congrexprojects.com/2015-events/15m24.
On July 7th, the AnaEE coordination was present at the ‘Carbon Sequestration in Soils: a Challenge for Food Security and Climate Action’ side event of the ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’ international science conference. This side event was co-convened by three French research organizations (Cirad, INRA and IRD) with support from several international organizations (CGIAR, CCAFS, GRA, Global Soil Partnership, AGMIP, FACCE-JPI, African soil carbon network and networks supported by UNEP) and from lead scientists in this field.
The French Minister for Agriculture, Agri-food and Forestry, Stéphane Le Foll, delivered a speech highlighting the need to store annually four per mil of the soil organic carbon stock, which would be sufficient to offset current anthropogenic CO2 emissions. This proposal, made by the French authorities ahead of the COP21, is sustained by state-of-the art scientific understanding.
The meeting was the occasion for AnaEE partners and stakeholders to meet and exchange information and opinions on the current and future development of AnaEE.
The featured themes were:
- Construction and implementation challenges for a distributed research infrastructure (RI),
- A first analysis of AnaEE’s call for expression of interest for national platforms,
- AnaEE supranational services, governance and funding model,
- Partnerships with the private sector.
The meeting brought together over 75 participants (around 40 AnaEE members and 35 stakeholders) from 18 countries. Interventions by Antonella Calvia-Götz, from the European Investment Bank (EIB), Florian Gliksohn, from KEASTONE, and Yves Coppin, from SEDE-Veolia, were a particular highlight. A meeting of the International Scientific Advisory Board was organised in parallel to the stakeholders’ meeting, with Terry Callaghan (INTERACT), Tim Clancy (TERN director) and Ole Osterman (European Commission and Joint Research Centre).
The day started with an introduction by AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi (INRA, FR), who stressed the AnaEE vision, the challenges it faces in realising that vision, and the impact the mature infrastructure would be able to have on addressing some of Europe's most crucial grand challenges such as climate change mitigation, loss of biodiversity, or food security issues. He focused on the major AnaEE achievements and the next steps as we move towards the creation of a legal entity (ERIC) for AnaEE. He stressed that 2015 is crucial for completing the signature of the Letter of Intent by the national ministries and responding to the Horizon 2020 call that will allow AnaEE to test its ability to respond to the users.
The presentations from the meeting are available here: http://tinyurl.com/q972vg3
AnaEE, as a key European distributed research infrastructure on the ESFRI roadmap, cordially invites all European countries to take part in a Call for Expression of Interest that aims to bring together the components of the AnaEE infrastructure.
This first pan European experimental research infrastructure on managed and unmanaged terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will provide access to a distributed and coordinated set of experimental platforms covering the full range of Europe’s ecosystems and climate zones as well as state-of-the-art analytical and modelling platforms to support experimental work.
AnaEE will help scientists in their analysis, assessment and forecasting of the response of the main continental ecosystems to environmental and land use changes. Their results will support policymakers to develop solutions to the challenges of food security as well as resource and environmental sustainability, with the aim of stimulating the growth of a vibrant bio-economy in the context of global changes.
This Call aims to identify platforms that could be part of AnaEE either in their current form or following an upgrade, as well as planned new platforms. These platforms will have to meet a certain number of criteria. You will be able to find all relevant information by contacting AnaEE's Project Office or your National Focal Point (list below). In countries where National Focal Points have already been nominated, you will soon be hearing from this person and will receive more information directly on how the Call applies to you and how you, as a key stakeholder, can work with us to ensure AnaEE is a success.
The list of focal points already confirmed is the following:
The International Expert Group on Earth System Preservation (IESP) has invited AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi to speak on "Soil – An Essential Resource" at an upcoming workshop in Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria on 16-17 April 2015. The workshop is organised in cooperation with the Bavarian Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection. The areas to be covered are soil threats like erosion and land take, Global and Regional Soil Partnerships, Climate Change and Soil Management Challenges and Infrastructures for Soil Research. Dr. Chabbi will be covering infrastructures in particular, focusing on AnaEE.
Climate-smart agriculture is a way to achieve short-and-long-term agricultural development priorities in the face of climate change and serves as a bridge to other development priorities. INRA, CIRAD and other institutes organised the Climate Smart Agriculture conference in Montpellier, which brought together 750 top scientists and policymakers for three days of high-level discussions. AnaEE was present with a stand, and consortium members Abad Chabbi, Evan O'Connell, Jacques Roy and André Chanzy were all in attendance.
AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi gave a presentation on "Ecosystem manipulation experiments" at the ICOS-NEON model-data fusion workshop in Paris on 20-21 April 2015. The workshop aimed to evaluate the combined value of observations from large networks and emerging approaches in earth system modelling.
AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi was invited by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to give a presentation at the Science Europe Workshop on "Research Infrastructures at the academia-industry interface: the role of European networks". The workshop brought together funders, managers and operators of facilities to investigate the following questions: Can research infrastructures at the interface between academia and industry be used more efficiently and effectively? What are the barriers? What can be improved? And how can the networking of these research infrastructures help?
Abad Chabbi, AnaEE coordinator, was invited as an expert at the workshop on ‘EuroDISH's Perspective on Conceptual Design and Roadmap: The European Research Infrastructure for the Food and Health Domain’, organised within the frame of the EC-funded project EuroDISH.
The workshop was held at the Thon Hotel City Centre, Brussels on 3-4 February 2015, and aimed to reflect on and optimise the EuroDISH conceptual design and roadmap while expanding the use of EuroDISH results by the stakeholders.
The report of this meeting will serve as a basis to the discussions with an exclusive and small group of experts from academia, national and international bodies and industry for newly identified food and health research infrastructures.
AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi gave a Winter Seminar at Rothamsted Research’s North Wyke Farm site, funded by the Stapledon Memorial Trust (http://www.stapledontrust.org.uk/welcome.htm).
Dr. Chabbi will talk about how AnaEE can contribute to integrated global environmental research.