The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak certainly is the most pressing issue our society is facing at the moment. We should redirect all our efforts on combating the spread of the disease, the treatment of already infected patients, and on the research scrambling to understand the disease better and to find a cure or vaccine against it.
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 women in science day is an annual event. AnaEE is committed to favour the engagement of women in science, and to help the young women to start scientific careers. See more information on the United Nations website.
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.
Dear Professor Jan Hrusak*,
*Chairperson of ESFRI
Please, below you will find some elements in response to your letter of 23 March, 2020.
AnaEE performs experimentations on continental ecosystems (i.e. manipulation) with aims to understand how they react and evolve under the anthropic pressures, either the climate change (and its consequences at regional level, such as the precipitation regime), the pollution or management practices. AnaEE experimental facilities are distributed all over Europe, from the Mediterranean to the sub-arctic regions, including the overseas (tropical). They include terrestrial ecosystems, but also lake and rivers, and are of different types, from open-air to enclosed ecosystems. In addition, the behaviour and future of ecosystems can be understood and simulated thanks to our modelling facilities.
The Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures is an international management development Programme tailored to the specific needs of Research Infrastructures. This Programme is designed to give experienced science professionals the skills and knowledge they need to take on greater managerial responsibilities. Take the opportunity to improve your managerial skills.
The Covid-19 crisis forces many of us to work from home; those who are (not yet) confined have often many familial and professional duties with the closure of schools and universities. We want to address to all of you all our wishes of good health, and lot of courage in this difficult period.
At this time there is no information from ESFRI about a possible delay for the evaluation of AnaEE; we will suppose that there will be no delay to the deadline in June 2020, and if there is one, it will be used to refine our application.
Besides being a public health problem, the crisis induced by the SARS-COV-2 (the Corona virus) demonstrates the need to live in a world that is more robust and resilient.The conservation of biodiversity, the adaptation of the ecosystems to the changing conditions are part of the avenues to mitigate and attenuate the consequences of the anthropic changes, and of the different crisis that are in front of us.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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).
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 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).
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.
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 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).
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).
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 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).
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+).
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.
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+).
AnaEE platforms developers met with AnaEE steering Committee and presented the remarkable development of terrestrial (Hasselt, Antwerpen, Gembloux) and aquatic experimental platforms (Antwerpen).
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).
The Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures is an international management development programme tailored to the specific needs of Research Infrastructures. This Programme is designed to give experienced science professionals the skills and knowledge they need to take on greater managerial responsibilities. Take the opportunity to improve your managerial skills.
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 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).
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).
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.
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).
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.