As part of Training Session 4 – Theory & practice of communicating at the science-policy interface – Inspire4Nature fellows are now receiving training on how to communicate about scientific results to a broad, non-specialised, audience.
The Supervisory Board of Inspire4Nature reconvened for a second extraordinary meeting on the 18th September 2020. Still impossible to meet in person, so again we met online.
The third (regular) meeting of the Inspire4Nature Supervisory Board took place on the 11th June 2020. We couldn’t meet in person in Marseille as planned, but we still had a full day of important discussions.
Continue reading “3rd Inspire4Nature Supervisory Board Meeting”
We were supposed to be in Marseille, we met online instead! Two days of brilliant presentations on the progress made by the Inspire4Nature fellows, with plenty of time for discussions.
Inspire4Nature’s Supervisory Board held an extraordinary remote meeting on the 20th April 2020 to discuss the effects of the ongoing covid19 pandemic on the project.
The Supervisory Board is the decision-making body governing the Inspire4Nature Consortium, responsible for the overall management and monitoring of the project. It is composed of one member of each participant organisation, as well as two representatives of the fellows as observers. This extraordinary meeting was convened to discuss how the ongoing covid19 epidemic is affecting the project, including effects on the fellows’ individual training programme and consequences for the project-wide training programme.
The second meeting of Inspire4Nature’s Supervisory Board took place on the 28th September 2019 in Rome, hosted by Sapienza Università di Roma.
The Supervisory Board is the decision-making body governing the Inspire4Nature Consortium, responsible for the overall management and monitoring of the project. It is composed of one member of each participant organisation, as well as two representatives of the fellows as observers. The agenda of this second meeting focused on: overview of progress in the training programme, open access, financial management, discussion of the next training session and upcoming project deliverables.
An important milestone in the Inspire4Nature project: the 27th of September we had a Mid-Term Project Check with Giuliana Donini, our Project Officer at the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency. An opportunity to review our progress so far and to get constructive feedback to improve further!
The 2nd General Assembly took place on the 25-26 September 2019, bringing together the fellows and senior researchers. Each fellow presented about their individual research project, with plenty of time for debate!
This meeting was hosted by the Sapienza Università di Roma.
The 3rd Training Session – “Theory and practice of assessing species extinction risk” – trained fellows on the process of assessing species’ risk of extinction using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
The fellows first learned about the key concepts, categories and criteria in a IUCN Red List Assessor Training Workshop. They then applied their new knowledge and stills by participating in the IUCN Red List Assessment of Southern European Freshwater Fishes workshop, supporting experts in freshwater fishes coming from across Europe.
The 2nd Training Session – “Theory and practice of identifying globally important sites for biodiversity conservation” – was dedicated to training fellows on the process of identifying Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), using the Global Standard for the identification of KBAs.
Besides the 15 fellows, the session brought together external scientists specialised in different taxonomic groups of the Greek biota as well as KBA experts. The programme included:
- Criteria for identifying Key Biodiversity Areas, and guidelines for the implementation of the criteria and the delineation of KBA sites;
- Background to the biodiversity, important sites and conservation areas of Greece;
- A visit to a NATURA 2000 site in Rhodes Island;
- A workshop on the practice of identifying KBAs for Greek species;
- Fellows’ joint project work.
The training session took place from the 3-12 April 2019, at the beautiful Hydrobiological station of Rhodes (Greece), a historic landmark and a research unit of our host organisation, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).