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EPBRS : The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy.

The European Commission- General Directorate for Research and Innovation and the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) organised a workshop, April 11- 12 in Brussels, on:“ Investing in Innovative Research for Nature and our livelihoods: Strengthening the research strategy to reinforce the ERA on Biodiversity”

The aim of the workshop was to identify ways forward to consolidate the ERA on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to explore what are the research priorities in the current research and environment policy context.

The specific objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Explore current priorities for the biodiversity research agenda in relation to Horizon 2020,
  • Review the strategic functions of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) and its added value to support the research strategy development,
  • Identify links between the biodiversity research agenda and the broader European policies e.g. EU 2020 Agenda.

You can download the programme

Outputs of the workshop

Download the workshop report and annexes

Some preliminary results on identified biodiversity research priorities were presented at the Alter Net conference on April 15-16 2013. The pdf of the presentation is now available

The workshop 's recommendations will serve as the basis of discussions to reshape EPBRS, develop its strategy and action plan and decision on EPBRS will be made at the EPBRS Irish Presidency meeting on May 15-17 2013. In addition the biodiversity research priorities identified at the workshop will serve as basis of discussions for the EPBRS Irish meeting sessions.

A position paper was produced to address the stakeholder consultation organised by DG-RTD: "Horizon 2020 stakeholder workshop on climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials" – Brussels, 19 April 2013. 


Plenary Session I –Policy foundations for the future research strategy on biodiversity and ecosystem services 

Plenary Session II: Shaping the biodiversity research strategy in Europe.

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Plenary Session III: Links between Agenda 2020 and Biodiversity Research: Potential opportunities for Biodiversity Research to contribute to Grand challenges and trigger economic growth.

Panel Discussion: