The European Commission and Chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) conjointly invited Abad Chabbi to represent AnaEE and account for the project’s evolution since integrating the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap, focusing on its contribution to scientific excellence. The ESFRI is indeed updating its 2018 Roadmap through the monitoring of the research infrastructures it endorsed between 2008 and 2010, as described in the 2016 ESFRI Strategy Document and Roadmap. This monitoring exercise is a welcome opportunity for AnaEE to identify potential bottlenecks and corresponding mitigation actions, in an effort to activate its research infrastructure in due time (i.e. before a new 2020 Roadmap comes into effect).
The French Embassy in Berlin invited Abad Chabbi to join in on a roundtable held on December 5th, on the current state of Franco-German cooperation and new perspectives in relations to research infrastructures. This strategic dialog should prove a unique opportunity to discuss research priorities and join forces for a concerted scientific research agenda in facing climate change. The importance of Germany’s potential involvement as a partner in AnaEE’s will be stressed as a means to further unlock global answers to changing societal needs.
The AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco is the largest Earth and Space Science meeting in the world. Together with Michael Dietze, Andrew M. Fox and Hank W. Loescher, AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi will coordinate a session on “Forecasting a complex: Advances and opportunities in merging observations, experiments, and models”. The roundtable will consider how ecosystems and the services they provide are likely to change in the future and our decisions might affect this trajectory. This session aims to highlight developments and identify opportunities for cutting-edge forecasting research in biogeochemistry, bio-geophysics and ecology across both terrestrial and aquatic systems.
The European Commission invited AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi to attend the Research Infrastructure Long-Term Sustainability Stakeholders Workshop, to be held in Brussels on November 25, 2016. The workshop aims to generate a constructive debate on a sustainable pan-European research infrastructure ecosystem in order to produce a framework for the development of an Action Plan for the long-term sustainability of research infrastructures. More specifically, the workshop aims to: • Identify concrete solutions to explore the untapped innovation potential of RIs; • Ensure an open debate on up-skilling and mobility schemes across RIs; • Propose a way forward for Pan-European RIs to tackle the data challenge; • Reflect on current governance models and discuss innovative funding mechanisms and • Explore RI’s international outreach a scientific diplomacy context.
This strategic workshop is both timely and highly relevant to AnaEE, given its present stage of development and implementation.
The 3rd edition of the ENVRI WEEK will be held in Prague and devoted to discussing Environmental Research Infrastructures. Organized twice a year (in November and in May), the ENVRI week hosts ENVRIplus project-related sessions, as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders. In line with the reflection showcased in the present newsletter, a specific workshop will examine the ties between environmental sciences and the Economy – read more here.
The twenty-second Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) will be held in Marrakech, November 7 to 18, 2016. Focus will be set on activating the Paris Agreement through a variety of tools ranging from adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, to capacity-building and loss and damages. As a result, the AnaEE Research Infrastructure will be represented as part of the COP 22 Scientific Commission. Coordinator Abad Chabbi was indeed invited to chair an inter-university workshop on the analysis of climate change-generated challenges and the subsequent need to reinforce capacity-building tools. The workshop gathering presidents of Moroccan universities and their European partners, particular emphasis will be placed on devising tools to integrate sustainability in higher education policies and generating new opportunities for younger generations.
A short ceremony will be organized in Paris to officially launch the AnaEE Central Hub. This will also be an opportunity for the AnaEE Assembly of Member States to agree upon proposed planning instruments to move AnaEE forwards. A global consultation will also allow all AnaEE partners, platforms managers and stakeholders to familiarize with the proposed Business Plan and selected AnaEE Central Hub.
Please note that while all AnaEE partners are enthusiastically invited to join us on the 11th, the October 10th is by invitation-only.
AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi is invited by the European commission to participate to the International Conferences on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) that will take place in Cape Town. The ICRI constitute a key global forum in the Research Infrastructures domain. As such, it will prove be a great opportunity to discuss AnaEE achievements and the necessary steps to move forwards into its Pre-operational Phase – read more here.
AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi is invited to give a seminar on “The AnaEE Research Infrastructure: engagement strategies and the need of cross-continental collaboration” at NEON headquarters.
In order to set the stage for Italy’s key contribution and in hope of securing a Letter of Intent in the particular context of its expected application to host one of the three AnaEE Service Centers (by the September 30th deadline), a strategic workshop will be held in Rome on September 6th, 2016.
AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi will present recent achievements in terms of infrastructure and governance planning for the AnaEE Pre-operational Phase. Italian scientists having expressed their interest in joining AnaEE will also be invited to share recent developments in planning.
CNR Director of Department Corrado Spinella will report on the ongoing interactions between AnaEE-Italia and the relevant Ministries. Further Environmental Science ESFRI projects the likes of ICOS and ACTRIS will also be represented.
Under the Frame work of the ENVRIPLUS week, the AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi is organising a high level international workshop entitled "Science across observatory networks’ workshop.
More information can be found: https://envriplus.manageprojects.com/s/notebook/rl2EGbt29QDUa/page/400
Check out the latest ENVRIplus newsletter here
The AnaEE coordinator Abad Chabbi was invited to participate in a high level meeting under the framework of The Netherlands EU 2016 Presidency Associated Conference “Philanthropy and Social Investments. Fostering Research and Innovation. New forms of financing and partnerships”. The conference marked the beginning of a joint effort of the EU, business, and foundations to mobilize private investments in research and innovation in Europe including research infrastructure in health and environment.
The conference aimed to bring different actors together to discuss new financing forms and possibilities for partnerships. One of the important questions that was addressed was how to close the collaboration triangle between the public sector, the commercial sector and the foundations. One of the outcomes of this conference will be a long list of possible (new) financial forms that may foster research and innovation in the European Union.
Fruitful panel discussions around the added value of partnerships, the potential added value of collaborative entrepreneurship, public/private and private/private partnerships have been led. Key questions such as « who are the key-enablers, the incubators that make these partnerships possible? » or « How to close the collaboration triangle between the public sector, the commercial sector and foundations? » have been extensively addressed.
The EGU (European Geosciences Union) 2016 General Assembly took place in Vienna, Austria from 17–22 April. AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi, Convener and Co-Conveners (Fabrizio D'Aprile, Henry Loescher, Werner Kutsch, Pete Smith, and Margaret Torn) organised a session entitled: « Long-term observations and experiments on climate change impact on ecosystem health and services ». The session was held on April 18th.
More information at: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/ EGU2016/session/21863
Agricultural research and innovation have a major contribution to make in ensuring food security in the long term, addressing the environmental sustainability and resilience of competitive land-based primary production for food and non-food systems and boosting the sustainable growth of rural territories -- read more about the final outcome of a yearlong process to develop a strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation.
AnaEE Coordinator Abad Chabbi was invited by the European commission "DG Agriculture and Rural Development Unit H5 – Research & Innovation" to give a plenary lecture under the framework conference "A strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation" which was held in Brussels the 27th and 28th of January 2016. Abad Chabbi highlighted how the AnaEE infrastructure could help foster synergies among Member States and with the European Framework Programmes.
More information on the EU's strategic approach to agricultural R&I here.
The challenges confronting global change researchers and decision-makers are growing in complexity and urgency. Our planet faces ever-increasing pressures on our natural resources, changing the environment in which we live. As such, ecosystems and their services are threatened by climate change, land-use change, pollution and loss of biodiversity. If these ecosystem dynamics are not understood, Europe (and other continents) will not be able to assess the current and potential future impacts, mitigate risk, or adapt to these environmental changes. Ultimately, societal well-being is at risk. It is therefore necessary to understand and predict how European ecosystems will respond to the current and future environmental changes, and to develop new management, mitigation and adaptation approaches. This requires research across disciplinary boundaries, implementation of state-of-the-art research infrastructures (RIs), and sound integration of theory, experiments, observations and modelling approaches.
To this end, building an integrated experimental RI such as AnaEE is a necessity if we are to collectively tackle and forecast the impacts of climate change, land use changes and loss of biodiversity among ecosystems and across continents. The key to anticipating and predicting long-term ecosystem changes lies not only in better understanding the complexity of the processes, but also in ensuring that new knowledge helps us better plan for a changing future. Developing this knowledge and the facilities to foster it has tremendous potential to enrich science, elucidate and tackle unknown problems, improve economic models, and provide decision-support tools (pathways towards mitigation and adaptation) in the event of critical loss of ecosystem functions and services.
This international conference aimed to address, based on large scale experimental RI in ecosystem science, the following emerging topics:
The conference brought together speakers from some of the most important players in the world of research and policy, as well as key AnaEE consortium members, to further deepen understanding among key stakeholders of how to build and grow research infrastructures with a focus on AnaEE, while also allowing ample time for long and deep discourse on key issues.
A brief article on the meeting has been writen in the current TERN newsletter. This can be viewed at: http://www.tern.org.au/Towards-a-global-ecosystem-observatory-bgp3955.html