The Assembly of Members (AoM) of the AnaEE, its main decision body, took place in Paris, Sorbonne University. On Monday, January 6th, the French node was presented. It features 6 enclosed facilities with full control of the environment), 4 open-air platforms with manipulation of the environment, 14 open-air platforms, and 8 analytical platforms. The AoM itself took place the following day and it was devoted to the preparation of the evaluation by ESFRI to get the "Landmark" status. Several decisions have been made, as a close collaboration with the CIHEAM, an international organisation devoted to applied agronomy in Mediterranean countries, for research in plant health and soils.
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The first workshop of AnaEE platform was organized by the AnaEE Technology Centre in Copenhagen, November 26-27. AnaEE platforms are highly instrumented experimental platforms that are able to manipulate the environmental conditions of an ecosystem, like temperature, rainfall, CO2 or pollution, in order to study their response under the stresses induced by global change and human activities. This workshop was the occasion to prepare future interdisciplinary programs, the scientific problems of AnaEE, as well as issues facing humanity.
SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science, www.fieldsites.se/en-GB) is a national infrastructure for field research in ecology. After the presentations of the SITES facilities and of AnaEE, a fruitful discussion led to envisage ways to associate SITES to AnaEE. Photo ©SITES
The national Danish consortium AnaEE Denmark has received 2.7 million € over five years from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and 3.4 million € from the four universities behind AnaEE. This funding will allow the development of the Danish experimental platforms and the hosting of the future AnaEE Technology Centre. Picture: The CO2 enrichment facility (FACE) at RisØ (Photo©AnaEE Denmark).
The new illustration of the Environmental Community of European Research Infrastructures (ENVRI) features the diversity of the research in environment for a better understanding of our planet and the life. AnaEE, member of ENVRI, is the Research Infrastructure dedicated to Experimental Ecology.
The AnaEE central Hub will be housed on the Gif-sur-Yvette campus near Paris. This is a 64 ha CNRS campus with 9 life sciences laboratories and 1 300 employees. Two offices (more when needed) will be dedicated to AnaEE in a reception centre (building 31) particularly suitable for the organisation of meetings, formations or symposium. (photo©m.tixier-boichard).
AnaEE DG, Michel Boër, visited the Israeli node station of Matta, located in the maqui near Jerusalem. Rain exclusion in this station range from 30 to more than 60%, to forecast the evolution of this very peculiar ecosystem in arid regions, like Israel, but also found in northern Mediterranean countries like France or Italy.
The program ENVRI+, coordinating the Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, hold a booth at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (15 000 participants). AnaEE, one of the ENVRI+ infrastructure, presented its contributions to the themes food security and impacts of extremes events (A. Chanzy and K.S. Larsen respectively) (photo©k.s. larsen).
AnaEE DG, Michel Boër, visited on November 13, the Belgium node in Antwerpen, Flanders. The university of Antwerp operates to platforms, terrestrial aquatic and terrestrial mesocosms. The aquatic mesocosms are devoted to the evolution of the fauna and flora under the various stresses induced by pollution or climatic changes. The terrestrial mesocosms study the evolution of grassland under changing temperature and rainfall regimes. Belgium features 2 other stations in Hasselt and Jembloux.
The Italian Ministry of Agriculture announced the official participation of Italy to the Implementation Phase of AnaEE during our 3rd Assembly of Members hosted by the Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura (CREA) in Rome. On the meeting agenda, among other points, were the future ERIC legal status of AnaEE as well as the presentation of the Italian AnaEE team coordinated by M. Donatelli, CREA and F. Miglietta, CNR. (photo©e. cariou-pham).
On 23 May 2017, platform owners from the Universities of Antwerp, Hasselt and Liège (Gembloux) and regional and federal authorities (Research Foundation Flanders FWO; Flemish Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation EWI; Service Public de Wallonie SPW; Belgian Science Policy Office BELSPO) installed the Belgian National Node of AnaEE.
AnaEE organised a workshop to detail the various contributions of Ecosystem Science to Bioeconomy. Organised in the Occitanie Region representation, it followed the Bioeconomy Policy Day organised by the European Commission. Both events stressed the need to ensure the sustainability of Bioeconomy. (photo©e. cariou-pham).
AnaEE presented at the Phenotyping FACCE meeting, Wageningen October 2016. This workshop presented the state-of-art and opportunities for further cooperation for phenotyping, genotyping and breeding for adaptation to climate change. We visited technical facilities (e.g. drones for field phenotyping, photo © G. Ackermans). The AnaEE presentation included potential synergies with EMPHASIS (plant phenomics RI).
This assembly, hold in the facilities of the Occitanie Region in Brussels, was dedicated in particular to the Director General recruitment procedure, the further writing of the future ERIC status and the planned development of the AnaEE Service Centers in Copenhaguen, Brno and Bologna.
The highlight of this Assembly was the feedback of the evaluation of the AnaEE Service Centres proposals by H. Loescher, chair of the international evaluation panel. The progress of the implementation working groups were also reviewed and discussed (photo©czechglobe).
AnaEE platforms developers met with AnaEE steering Committee and presented the remarkable development of terrestrial (Hasselt, Antwerpen, Gembloux) and aquatic experimental platforms (Antwerpen).
The program ENVRI+, coordinating the Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (RIs), hold a booth at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (14 500 participants). AnaEE was presented at a midday talk and through a revolving slides show (photo©envri+).
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AnaEE recent developments were presented to the ENVRI+ community and AnaEE, now leading the Ecosystems and Biodiversity domain of ENVRI+ chaired a meeting of that domain where the coming activities have been defined, primarily a description of landscape of the domain research infrastructures (photo©envri+).
In Helsinki, AnaEE were presented to Finnish platforms managers, as well as to representatives of Ministries and Institutes. On February the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture signed the Letter of Intent for Finland to participate in the implementation phase towards the set-up of AnaEE as an ERIC. Taneli Kolström, from LUKE, is the Finnish contact point. (photo©j.roy).
After completing the building of the ‘Macrocosms’ Ecotron at the University of Hasselt, the University of Antwerpen is building 3 other platforms. Picture: Infrared image of a test on bare soil to provide different amounts of surface warming within the same Free-Air Temperature Increase (FATI) plot (photo©antwerpen university).
AnaEE participated to the last ENVRI week in Helsinki in March and to the ENVRIPlus dissemination day in Brussels on June 4th. During the following ENVRI Board, the 27 participating Research Infrastructures agreed on the necessity to continue their collaboration and are signing a Letter of Intent to create a sustainable form of cooperation. Photo©J.Roy.
Guirui YU, director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN) and Xiubo YU, secretary general of CERN presented to Jacques Roy (AnaEE deputy director) the future developments of CERN, especially the planned field experimental platforms and controlled environment facilities. Future collaborations between CERN and AnaEE will be developed (photo ©L. Zhang, CERN).
In the frame of ENVRI-Fair (2019-2022), a meeting gathering the RIs of the ecosystem domain (AnaEE, Lifewatch, eLTER, ICOS and DANUBIUS) was organised in Lecce to share developments and build interoperability. Workflows and assets for the production of FAIR data were identified and a data service prototype will be implemented in EOSC.
Twenty five colleagues from ENVRIplus, AnaEE, ICOS and eLTER met in Paris on October 11-13. The discussions focused on the use of semantics in RI Information Systems and on the development of shared solutions from ENVRIplus activities (photo © AnaEE).
Held in Copenhagen, this assembly gathered representatives of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel and Italy. Items discussed were the procedure for the submission of the AnaEE-ERIC status (step 2), the development of the Service Centres and the November Platforms Conference. Photo©J.Roy.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has signed the AnaEE Letter of Intent to enable UK participation for the AnaEE Implementation Phase. BBSRC working is in consultation with relevant UK stakeholders to ensure coordination at the national level. Picture: Gas exchange measurements at the North Wyke Farm Platform (photo © Rothamsted Research).
The 5th AnaEE Assembly of Members appointed Michel Boër as the first Director General of AnaEE. Michel Boër is director of research at CNRS, France, in the field of astrophysics. He has directed many projects, including the Haute Provence Observatory with its Oak Observatory platform (Quercus pubescens forest). Photo©J.Roy.