Impact and Action: A Virtual Science-Policy Symposium

GBIF Symposium

Online, 9 December 2021. Impact and Action is a virtual science-policy symposium co-hosted by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the US National Science Foundation and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), examining how we strengthen and consolidate scientific impact in the next two decades and beyond. The interconnected challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change have increased both the requirements and the pressing need for data to inform research and policy decisions, making GBIF’s mission more urgent than ever.


During a two-hour programme on Thursday, 9 December 2021, experts will examine the role and needs of the biodiversity data ecosystem in supporting progress across key issues, innovations, and policy priorities. Themes will include conservation, food security, health, the evolution of emerging sciences and technologies, and the science-policy interface, with a Q&A panel to conclude.

The symposium offers a unique opportunity for scientists, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders to understand the previous successes and coming challenges as GBIF prepares its next strategic framework. As a precursor to a series of stakeholder consultations in the coming year, the symposium and the outcomes of its discussions will inform policies and research approaches aimed at expanding and sharing knowledge and benefits associated with biodiversity data.

Register here.

International Congress for Conservation Biology

ICCB 2021

Online, 13–17 December 2021. SCB’s 30th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2021) ‘The Future is Now: Sustaining biodiversity for today and tomorrow’ will take place virtually this 13–17 December. Pre-congress sessions (i.e. training courses, workshops, roundtables) will be held between 6–10 December. 

ICCB is the premier global meeting for conservation scientists and professionals, including researchers, students, agency personnel, environmental educators, practitioners, and other conservation stakeholders. Attendees gather for lively discussions and scientific presentations on the nexus between biodiversity conservation and genetics, ecology, biogeography, anthropology, history, psychology, economics, conservation marketing, religion, and more.

Register here.



San Sebastian, Spain, 5–8 September 2022. ECSA 59 will bring together a global multi-disciplinary community of researchers, educators and practitioners to address issues of outstanding importance in the science (both natural and social) and management of estuaries and coastal seas in this rapidly changing world.

Estuaries and coastal seas are facing pressures coming from human activities, which result in habitats and biodiversity loss, introduction of invasive species, input of different types of pollutants (i.e., organic compounds, pharmaceuticals, microplastics, noise, light, etc.), overexploitation of resources and impairment of marine health status. This compromises the capacity of delivering ecosystem services and human benefits. On top of these effects, global change is dramatically modifying the structure and functioning of marine systems. To reverse this situation, implementation of management measures, rooted in the best scientific knowledge possible, are needed. 

Identifying such measures requires long-term monitoring based on the ecosystem-based approach. This should be done through international collaboration (e.g. within the UN Decade of the Oceans, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, etc.), with the participation of multidisciplinary teams, using novel monitoring, analysis and assessment tools, including multiple origin data sources, and going towards open science. This can help to manage the activities that we are doing at estuaries and coastal seas, and consequently, contribute to achieving sustainable seas and marine resources. 

Proposed Conference Topics

The abstract submission system will open on 10 January 2022. 

Abstract submission deadline: 1 April 2022

Changing physical settings and processes

  • Coastal morphodynamics affected by engineering structures and sea-level rise
  • From measuring to modelling hydro- and sediment dynamics
  • Impact of extreme events on coastal systems
  • Monitoring with coastal ocean observing systems

Biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the land – sea interface

  • Biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the land – sea interface
  • From catchment to coast: effects of land use change and hydrological regulations
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycling in benthic and pelagic ecosystems
  • Impact of ocean acidification on coastal systems
  • Blue carbon: assessing the role and carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands, seaweeds and seagrasses

Shifting ecosystem structures and functions

  • The effects of restoration on biodiversity and ecosystem services 
  • Role of functional and response diversity to changes for ecosystem resilience
  • Linkages between estuaries, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs
  • Stress responses and resilience: from molecular to ecosystem level

The human dimension: impact, management, governance

  • Resource use patterns and management and implications for the environment
  • Participatory management approaches in coastal zone management
  • Decision support tools and approaches for sustainable marine and coastal spatial planning
  • Assessing marine ecosystem services
  • Governing the commons: institutions for the Marine Governance 
  • Science communication, citizen science and ocean literacy

EOSC Future Open Days

EOSC Future Open Days

Online, 23–25 November 2021. The EOSC Future project is hosting its first series of open days on 23-25 November. During this virtual event, participants will have the opportunity to ask about the inner workings of the project, recent developments and priorities going forward.

The EOSC Future Open Days will bring together various stakeholders active in the EOSC community to discuss topics that are high on the agenda for EOSC Future, not to mention EOSC in general. These topics include:

  • the EOSC Portal
  • how EOSC Future supports scientific communities
  • EOSC Future engagement opportunities
  • the Digital Innovation Hub Business Pilots
  • the EOSC Observatory
  • the EOSC Future Working Groups
  • the EOSC Future Knowledge Hub. 

The event agenda is built around thematic sessions, so participants can choose the sessions that are most relevant to them. The goal of these sessions is not only to be informative but also to guage the interest and potential contribution of the EOSC community. Interactive Q&A sessions will elaborate on these thematic topics and session discussions.


Tuesday, 23 November

09.00-10.00 CET: The EOSC Portal – for researchers

This session will answer the following questions: How does the EOSC Portal work from a user perspective? What novelties can be expected within EOSC Future?

10.30-11.30 CET: Building an EOSC to support leading-edge research

This session will answer the question: How will science benefit from EOSC?

12.00-13.00 CET: Help create an EOSC that works

This session will discuss engagement opportunities within EOSC Future. During the session, the new EOSC branding competition will also be launched.

Wednesday, 24 November

09.00-10.00 CET: The EOSC Portal – for providers

This session will respond to a series of questions: How does the EOSC Portal work from a service provider perspective? What novelties can be expected within EOSC Future?

10.30-11.30 CET: EOSC Future DIH Business Pilots

This session will answer the questions: What is the EOSC Future Digital Innovation Hub and what are the plans for the business pilots?

12.00-13.00 CET: The EOSC Observatory

This session will answer the question: How will EOSC Future support the EOSC Partnership in monitoring EOSC readiness?

Thursday, 25 November

09.00-10.00 CET: EOSC Future Working Groups

This session will answer a series of prompts: What are the EOSC Future Working Groups doing? In which thematic areas? How is this work different from that of the EOSC Association Task Forces (and how will they collaborate)?

10.30-11.30 CET: The EOSC Future Knowledge Hub

This session will answer the following questions: What is the EOSC Future Knowledge Hub? What are the training plans for EOSC Future?


ICRI 2022

Brno, Czech Republic, 19–21 October 2022. The International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2022) is a major worldwide event providing an opportunity for strategic discussions about international cooperation in research infrastructure. A variety of experts and stakeholders discuss challenges and emerging trends, highlighting the essential role of research infrastructures.

Every two years since 2012, ICRI has hosted about 500 delegates, who discuss topics concerning research infrastructures on the international level. The venue alternates between the EU and third countries, and the event is organised jointly by the European Commission and the host country.

More information is available here.

ENVRI Week 2022

ENVRI Week 2022

Online, 31 January – 4 February 2022. ENVRI-FAIR invites you to the 11th ENVRI week. This will be an online event.

ENVRI week is a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures, which happens once a year. ENVRI week hosts ENVRI-FAIR project-related sessions as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders.

More information can be found here.

The link for joining the online sessions will be provided shortly before the meeting.

GEO Week 2021

GEO Week 2021

Online, 22–26 November 2021. GEO has been focused on the use of Earth observations (EO) for environmental and societal impact for many years, however this year is one of the most important with major milestones linked to global policy agendas. The United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), there is also the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. These all bring a new set of challenges and opportunities for the international EO community. During GEO Week 2021, we will present the multidisciplinary activities of the GEO Work Programme that address these areas. Notably through the lens of nexus thinking to highlight how the use of EO in different sectors contributes to these efforts and why integration across thematic areas is essential.

This online event will include the GEO-17 Plenary, anchor sessions and side events, as well as a youth track and an industry track. Time will be scheduled each day for virtual networking. The 56th Executive Committee will be held as a closed meeting on Monday 22 November.

GEO-17 Plenary

The GEO-17 Plenary Session will be held 23–26 November.


Plenary sessions will be broadcasted live and the session recordings will be made available afterwards. We hope to receive all delegation nominations before the start of Plenary-17.

Anchor Sessions and Side Events

These virtual, interactive events will take place throughout the week and aim to address the various aspects of the GEO work programme, as well as the nexus possibilities across activities. Recordings of the sessions will be made available on the GEO website. Side events are now closed.


Member statements will be made available on the GEO Week website on 23 November. The call for statements was published in July 2021.

Session descriptions

Opening Session: The first part of the GEO Week where all attendees will be provided with an overview of all planned activities, including welcome speeches and a keynote speech to set the tone for the week.

Plenary Sessions: Under the banner of Accelerating Action in GEO, a series of sessions will look at the GEO Work Programme, in particular progress on the GEO Engagement Priorities and the activities of the GEO Working Groups.

Anchor Sessions: These are the main events designed by GEO week 2021 organisers to explain the multidisciplinary nature of GEO through the concept of nexus thinking. Working on multiple topics simultaneously is essential in today’s rapidly changing environmental and social conditions. For example, work in one area will have a knock-on effect or impact in another area, including synergies and trade-offs. These events are linked to the global policy agendas that underpin most of GEO’s work.

Side Events: The side events highlight the activities of the GEO community engaged in the GEO work programme,including progress since the last meetings and plans for the upcoming period. Each session will last 50 minutes.

Virtual Networking: Breaks between sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet and discuss GEO Week topics. This networking will take place in a separate, dedicated room.

More information here.

SFE2, GFÖ & EEF Joint Meeting

Metz Ecology & Evolution

Metz, France, 21–25 November 2022. During the last century, a period now known as the Anthropocene, ecologists and evolutionists alerted the Society to several major environmental crises such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution of the environment. In response, scientists throughout the world have joined forces to not only identify and explain these phenomena but to develop tools that may help to solve these major environmental issues! However, there remain many open questions related to new challenges, new perspectives, and possibly new solutions, all of which need to be discussed within the scientific community and between scientists and policy makers. 

We propose to gather with you, the acting scientists in the field of ecology and evolution, at the SFE2-GfÖ-EEF joint meeting “Ecology & Evolution: New perspectives and societal challenges“. It is being organised by the LIEC (University of Lorraine, CNRS) and other labs in northeastern France working in the fields of ecology and evolution. We anticipate a large gathering of scientists, cutting edge researchers, science policy makers, and leading teachers from Europe and elsewhere.

Click here for more information.

RDA 18th Plenary Meeting

RDA 18th Plenary Meeting

Online, 3–11 Novembre 2021. As communicated in late May, International Data Week 2021 (IDW), planned to take place this November, was postponed to 20-23 June 2022 due to the continuing global COVID-19 crisis and aftermath. RDA has decided, however, to still hold the RDA 18th Plenary Meeting in a virtual format from 3–11 November 2021.

More information here.

Programme now available.

European Researchers’ Night

European Researchers' Night

Seville, Spain, 24 September 2021. LifeWatch ERIC CEO Dr Arvanitidis and CTO Dr González-Aranda will explain the SUMHAL Project alongside Andalusian Delegate of CSIC, Dr Paneque, in the “LifeWatch” area of Plaza de San Francisco at 19:00 CEST. Check out the European Commission’s page on the European Researchers’ Night to see what is going on near you!