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The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS,  is the largest public research organisation in France, covering all fields of scientific research. The CNRS is the Coordinator organisation of Inspire4Nature. As a Beneficiary Organisation, it also hosts Project 6, Project 7 and Project 14. These three PhD students will be based at the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, CEFE, a Joint Research Unit of the CNRS and the University of Montpellier. CEFE is the largest research centre in Ecology in France, with nearly 100 researchers performing independent, fundamental and applied scientific research on the dynamics of biodiversity, planetary environmental changes, and sustainable development.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Created in 1948, it harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations, as well as the contributions of 16,000 experts organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication. As a Partner Organisation, IUCN is particularly involved in Project 7, Project 8 and Project 10, including by hosting secondments of each of these PhD students. These students will interact particularly with IUCN's Global Species Programme, and in particular its Freshwater Biodiversity Unit and the Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Sapienza Università di Roma is one of the oldest Universities in the world and the largest in Europe, with 63 departments offering > 250 degrees and > 100 PhD programmes. Throughout its history, Sapienza has strongly contributed to the development of science and culture in all disciplines, and has carried out outstanding scientific research that achieved remarkable results at the international level. As a Beneficiary Organisation, Sapienza hosts Project 1, Project 2, Project 4 and Project 13. These four PhD students will be enrolled at the Department of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, staffed by nearly 100 professors and researchers, and very active in disseminating science (with an average of 161 scientific articles/year published during the period 2008-2013).

The University of Copenhagen, UCPH is the largest research and education institution in Denmark, with > 40,000 students (inc. 4,000 international students), > 2500 PhD students and 9000 staff. As a Beneficiary Organisation, the University of Copenhagen hosts Project 11 and Project 12. These PhD students will be enrolled in two highly interdisciplinary departments at the Faculty of Science: one in the Department of Food and Resources Economics, IFRO, whose Section for Global Development focuses on understanding political, social, economic and institutional dynamics in relation to natural resources; and the other in the Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, IGN, whose group Environment and Society in Developing Countries works on issues related to earth observation, complexities of land use and land cover change, natural resource management, and societal processes.

University College London, UCL, is ranked 7th by the QS World University rankings, 2016. UCL currently has 11,000 members of staff and 38,000 students of which 30% are international. Within UCL, the research department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) comprises 40 research groups and some 200 Post-Docs, PhD Students and support staff. As a Beneficiary Organisation, UCL hosts Project 3, Project 5, and Project 9. These PhD students will be based in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER), undertaking research at the interface between biodiversity and environmental change, and actively engaged in communicating new research and relating findings to policy. The CBER will also host a secondment for the PhD student in Project 2.

The Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei, FVB-IGB is a research institute of the Leibniz Association and member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB). FVB-IGB is dedicated to generating, disseminating and applying knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. Working in close partnership with the scientific community, agencies and the private sector, FVB-IGB seeks to advance basic science and develop innovative solutions to pressing problems facing freshwaters and humans. As a Beneficiary Organisation, FVB-IGB hosts Project 8. This PhD student will be based at the Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, very well recognized and connected to freshwater biodiversity and freshwater fish experts all over Europe.

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, HCMR is the largest public research organisation in Greece (with about 480 employee), promoting basic and applied research in all fields of the aquatic environment and providing comprehensive scientific and technical support to the authorities and the public. As a Beneficiary Organisation, HCMR hosts Project 10. This PhD student will be based at the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, IMBRIW, and more specifically its Inland Waters section, which promotes three major research areas concerning freshwater resources: ecological quality assessments and monitoring, biodiversity conservation and environmental restoration and integrated river basin management.

ISPA - Instituto Universitário is one of the oldest private universities in Portugal, and develops an integrative and multidisciplinary vision in the study of psychological, social and life sciences. It currently has over 60 full-time faculty members, integrated in 3 R&D Units: MARE (Marine Biology), WJRC (Psychology) and CIE (Education). As a Beneficiary Organisation, ISPA hosts project 15. This PhD student will join the MARE unit, whose objective is to seek excellence in the study of aquatic ecosystems and disseminate knowledge to support policies for sustainable development. MARE is focused on international cooperation to advanced education and training in order to drive a new generation of scientists and professionals prepared for the Blue Economy and also on promoting the Ocean Literacy and Policy Making.

The Zoological Society of London, ZSL, runs conservation programmes worldwide to conserve wild animals and their natural habitats, working with local communities to conserve their environment and promote sustainability. For over 180 years, ZSL has played an essential role in convening experts to address challenging science and conservation issues, including by working with governments, civil society and the private sector to conserve species and habitats, and by contributing to building conservation capacity and skills. As a Partner Organisation, ZSL is particularly involved in Project 3, Project 5 and Project 9, including by hosting secondments of these PhD students in ZSL's Conservation Programmes and Institute of Zoology.

BirdLife International aims to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. It is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, comprising national nature conservation organisations in 120 countries worldwide and >10 million members and supporters. As a Partner Organisation, BirdLife International is particularly involved in Project 1, Project 4, Project 6, Project 12, Project 13, Project 14 and Project 15 . The respective PhD students will do secondments in BirdLife's Science, Policy and Information Management Department, which carries out research to underpin the conservation programmes of the Partnership, identifying priorities for policy and action.

The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, UNEP-WCMC, is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet. Established over 35 years ago, it specializes in measuring biodiversity change, the causes of that change, evaluating options, and improving the capability of others to do the same. It works closely with other international governmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments, universities, research centres, and the corporate sector. As a Partner Organisation, UNEP-WCMC is particularly involved in Project 2, Project 6, Project 7, Project 11 and Project 12 , including by hosting secondments. These PhD students will interact particularly with UNEP-WCMC's Protected Areas Programme and Science Programme.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, NKUA, is a modern higher education institution with 2,200 members of teaching staff, 1,210 executives, 33 departments, 99 postgraduate programs and 241 laboratories. As a Partner Organisation, NKUA is particularly involved in Project 10, including by hosting a secondment. This PhD student will enrol at the NKUA's Department of Biology, which does research on Ecology & Systematics, Zoology, Botany, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Genetics.

The Instituto Superior de Agronomia, ISA, is the largest and most qualified school of Agricultural Sciences in Portugal, with about 1600 students, 133 professors and 6 researchers. As a Partner Organisation, ISA is particularly involved in Project 14, including by hosting a secondment of this PhD student in its Centre for Applied Ecology of Prof. “Baeta Neves”, CEABN. CEABN's research focuses on: applied ecology, such as forest and fire ecology and management; landscape ecology; wildlife ecology and game management; biodiversity in agricultural and forest ecosystems; environmental education; and science policy interface.

Beneficiary Organisations

Each Beneficiary Organisation hosts one or more PhD students, being the main organisation responsible for their respective individual research project. All Beneficiary Organisations also participate actively in the network-wide training programme for all students.

Partner Organisations

Each Partner Organisation is strongly involved in one or more PhD projects, including by hosting secondments. They also participate actively in the network-wide training programme for all students.