Communication Materials

Welcome to the Internal Joint Initiative (IJI) Communication Materials page.

Here you will find a range of accessible content on the IJI and Non-indigenous & Invasive Species. The IJI was instigated by LifeWatch ERIC in 2019 to build the next generation of Virtual Research Environments (VREs).

LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities and National Distributed Centres informaticians and scientists worked extensively with experts and researchers from biodiversity & ecosystem communities across Europe to develop new platforms and tools that those researchers required to take their investigations to the next level.

Starting in March 2022, LifeWatch ERIC will broadcast a regular series of podcasts on the Internal Joint Initiative, open conversations with key personnel within the infrastructure, the scientists behind the validation cases, and other Research Institutes who have benefited from our Tesseract technologies in their own investigation of biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe. The first season introduces LifeWatch ERIC, Non-indigenous Invasive Species and the Virtual Research Environment. Season two will feature interviews with key personnel behind the validation cases.










































You can also listen to the podcasts on the following platforms:

Science, like music, has a language all its own, that can appear difficult understand to the uninitiated. Because the development of the new Virtual Research Environment capable of reporting environmental issues on a global scale is actually of relevance to everyone on the planet, LifeWatch ERIC is breaking new ground in publishing a magazine, called “Alien Alert!”, to appeal to more general audiences.

In non-scientific terms, “Alien Alert!” presents the history of the LifeWatch ERIC Internal Joint Initiative in narrative form: how five research cases into habitats affected by Non-indigenous and Invasive Species have validated a more powerful and comprehensive cloud-based virtual laboratory than was ever available previously. We hope this informal approach makes the serious business of safeguarding biodiversity more accessible.

Warning: no prizes for solving the two crossword puzzles! – solutions will be revealed by clicking on the boxes below. 

To download the magazine, click on the three little dots.

It’s not easy to see into the future. Sometimes it takes a special ability, sometimes an unusual machine, to interpret the present and project a picture of what might be, or what will be. And creating that future can mean drawing on traditions that didn’t usually work together, to make surprising new combinations.

That is precisely what the Internal Joint Initiative (IJI) does.  LifeWatch ERIC brought together cross-disciplinary teams – of informaticians, genetic ecologists, software designers, biodiversity researchers, data managers and modellers – to create a new visionary Virtual Research Environment. 

In this collection of videos on the IJI, members and collaborators of LifeWatch ERIC explain the rationale behind the Initiative and present the work done over the last two years and that continues into the future.


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Spanish National Distributed Centre is supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO). Moreover, Spain is the hosting Member State of LifeWatch ERIC, the location of its Statutory Seat & ICT e-Infrastructure Technical Office (LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities). 

To know more about how Spain contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Slovenian National Distributed Centre is led by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). It focuses on the development of technological solutions in the field of biodiversity and socio-ecosystem research.

To know more about how Slovenia contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Portuguese National Distributed Centre is managed by PORBIOTA, the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity. Led by BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, PORBIOTA connects the principal Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity.

To know more about how Portugal contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Dutch National Distributed Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. Moreover, The Netherlands hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre.

To know more about how The Netherlands contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Italian National Distributed Centre is led and managed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is coordinated by a Joint Research Unit, currently comprising 35 members. Moreover, Italy hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Service Centre.

To know more about how Italy contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Greek National Distributed Centre is funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology and is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, in conjunction with 47 associated partner institutions.

To know more about how Greece contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.


The Belgian National Distributed Centre makes varied and complementary in-kind contributions to LifeWatch ERIC. These are implemented in the form of long-lasting projects by various research centres and universities distributed throughout the country and supported by each respective political authority.

To know more about how Belgium contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.