Ongoing projects

Grants in national and international competitive calls

2017-onwards – ipbes-logo – Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Objective: The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The overall scope of its global assessment is to assess the status and trends with regard to biodiversity and ecosystem services, the impact of biodiversity and ecosystem services on human well-being and the effectiveness of societal responses.
Host institution: German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific support to the co-chairman of the Global Assessment of the IPBES
Funding: In-kind contribution from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (Germany)
Partners: One thousand scientists from all over the world currently contribute to the work of IPBES on a voluntary basis.
PI: Prof. Dr. Josef Settele (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany)

R&D contracts with the private and the public sector

2014-onwards – – European infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research (Belgian contribution)
Objective: LifeWatch is the European e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research meant to provide advanced capabilities for research on biodiversity. LifeWatch is established as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI). Belgium contributes to LifeWatch with varied and complementary “in-kind” contributions. The strategic focus of the LW-WB team is to distribute a large amount of pan-European information derived from Earth Observation on the seasonal dynamics of land surface with emphasis on anomalies and extreme events.
Host institution: Université de Liège (Belgium) and Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Scientific responsibility: Project collaborator
Funding: Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium) as “in-kind” contribution (LifeWatch LW-WB)
Partners: The LifeWatch infrastructure gathers institutions from 7 European countries. The LifeWatch Wallonia-Brussels (LW-WB) team results from a collaboration between 2 universities in Wallonia (Belgium).
PI (LW-WB): Prof. P. Defourny (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)