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.