Ongoing projects

Grants in national and international competitive calls

2016-onwards – – Combining and improving online bird portals data to display near-real-time spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution across Europe
Objective: The purpose of the LIFE EuroBirdPortal (LIFE EBP) project is to develop the EuroBirdPortal (EBP) demo viewer into a full-fledged web portal displaying detailed and up-to-date European-wide spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution in near-real-time and in a reliable manner.
Host institution: Representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) hosted at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibility: Project manager
Funding: EU LIFE Grants 2015 (LIFE 2014-2020) (grant agreement LIFE15 PRE/ES/002, LIFE preparatory project)
Partners: LIFE EBP is a project carried out under the umbrella of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) developed through a partnership that currently comprises 29 institutions from 21 different European countries, of which 6 are formally included as beneficiaries of this LIFE preparatory project.
PI: Dr. Lluís Brotons (Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, Spain)

2015-onwards – FORESTCAST – Assessment and forecasting of ecosystem services in forests: impacts and adaptation to extreme climate events
Objective: The aim of the FORESTCAST project is to develop a conceptual and methodological framework to integrate risks, impacts and vulnerabilities of climate extreme events (mainly drought and fire) on Mediterranean forests.
Host institution: Representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) hosted at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibility: Postdoctoral researcher
Funding: Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (Spain)
PI: Dr. J. Retana (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications, Spain)

2014-onwards – – Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network
Objective: The main objective of EU BON is to build a substantial part of the Group on Earth Observation’s Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). In light of the new Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), such a network and approach are imperative for attaining efficient processes of data collation, analysis and provisioning to stakeholders. Amongst other specific objectives, EU BON will improve the range and quality of the methods and tools for assessment, analysis, and visualization of biodiversity and ecosystem information, particularly focusing on predictive modelling, identification of drivers of change and biodiversity indicators.
Host institution: Representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) hosted at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibility: Postdoctoral researcher
Funding: EU 7th Framework Programme – FP7/2007-2013 (grant agreement 308454)
Partners: EU BON’s 30 partners from 18 countries are members of networks of biodiversity data-holders, monitoring organisations and leading scientific institutions
PI: Dr. C. Häuser (Museum fur Naturkunde – Leibniz-Institut fur Evolutions-und Biodiversitatsforschung an der Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, 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)