Political biodiversity workshops at the University of Copenhagen

December 27, 2011

As the Danish EU presidency begins, University of Copenhagen will host two workshops preceding the formation of UN's Panel for Biodiversity IPBES (Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). The workshops are arranged together with EPBRS (European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy) and the Danish Ministry of Environment. Professors Carsten Rahbek and Neil Burgess from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate will contribute with several talks and professional discussions.

The first workshop "Informal IPBES workshop on the thematic content of the first IPBES work programme" takes place January 16th-18th. It aims to clarify EU's political viewpoint on biodiversity, and the outcome is reported directly to the European Commission. Each country is represented by a scientific and a political delegate, as well as invited researchers and independent experts. A total of 85 participants are expected to take part of the first workshop.

The following workshop "EPBES meeting on peer review procedures and procedures for election of authors, editors and reviewers" is held January 19th-20th. During these days the procedure for peer-review of IPBES reports are to be defined. The universities are requested to contribute with significant input in terms of the problems facing IPCC (panel on climate change) due to the use of non-peer-reviewed information. Around 60 participants are expected.
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For more information on the representation of University of Copenhagen at the workshop, please contact Professor Carsten Rahbek crahbek@bio.ku; phone: +45 35 32 10 30.

University of Copenhagen

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