Electronic Conference E-DARE: SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

Frederik Cheeseman dare at meko.vub.ac.be
Fri Jun 5 03:36:17 EST 1998


Electronic Conference E-DARE:
DEVELOPING an AGENDA for RESEARCH on ECOSYSTEMS

http://meko.vub.ac.be/~dare/

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT and invitation to SUBSCRIBE FOR 3 PARALLEL SESSIONS
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1.SUBJECT:
This electronic Conference is a part of the overall DARE Project, to
assess current research and develop guidelines for more holistic and
integrated future research on Ecosystems in Europe. The E-Conference is
a worldwide forum, open to all stake-holders, - scientists involved,
environmental N.G.O.'s, industrial actors concerned with strategic
environmental planning and interested citizens. All participants are
invited to effectively assess and plan the next EU-funded Ecosystems
research within the DG XII Research Directorate's Fifth Framework
Program (1998-2002).

2.YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE GENERAL FORUM NOW!
Since the first announcement has been launched on may 22nd, we had the
pleasure to acknowledge many prompt subscriptions and the first
abstracts
and comments on the DARE and Brainstorming Reports on our website. They
will circulate soon amongst the subscribers. we hereby invite you to
join
the discussion in the general forum now. Take a subscription by klicking

your data and selection of topic on the website
<http://meko.vub.ac.be/~dare/>, AND  by sending us an E-mail
at <dare at meko.vub.ac.be>, for the general forum.

THE GENERAL FORUM focuses on concrete recommendations and guidelines for

future research on ecosystems in Europe. This forum is already running,
and remains continuously open until July 22.Moreover, there will be 3
parallel sessions in a limited time-span (June22-27), including a
two-hours chat (IRL) for each (announcement to follow).

3.PARALLEL SESSIONS:(June22-27)
Each of the three simultaneous sessions are chaired and focused on
specific parts of the dare report (see website):


SESSION 1- SCOPE: WHICH FUTURE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON ECOSYSTEMS IN
EUROPE?
(Chair: L.Hens /VUB/Belgium; Co-chair M.Sutton/ITE/UK)

This session will address the following issues, amidst others:
* Research needs in the five European policy SECTORS: Agriculture/
Industry/ Energy/ Transport/ Tourism;
* Research needs in the following research AREAS: Global change/
Carbon-/ Nitrogen-/ & water-cycle/ Soil/ Biodiversity/ Trace gases;
* ENLARGING the scope for the next European research programme:
        - geographically: Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Africa?
        - thematically: Urban environment, Education, Communication &
        Media, Marine ecosystems ?
* INTEGRATING the research with other European Programmes and
International Conventions (Agenda 21, Kyoto,...)
(this list is indicative, not exhaustive; the chairpersons will specify
in an introductory keynote)
* CONCLUSIONS AND CONCRETE GUIDELINES FOR FUTURE RESEARCH


SESSION 2 - METHODOLOGY: RENEWING THE SCIENTIFIC PARADIGM
(Chair:G.Sillence/INPECO/PortugaL; Co-chair:   )

The second parallel session will focus on the following:
* From problems to SOLUTIONS in ecosystem research;
* Towards a more HOLISTIC approach, including HUMAN INFLUENCES;
* The need for and SWOT-analysis of interdisciplinarity;
* Compatibility, accessibility and standardization of results;
* The need for common concepts (PSR-model versus Environmental Space)
* More, or less TERI-Sites / More Projects on each site?
* Assessment of the Transects methodology
* Models for the rate of future changes
(this list is indicative, not exhaustive; the chairpersons will specify
in an introductory keynote)
* CONCLUSIONS & CONCRETE GUIDELINES FOR FUTURE RESEARCH


SESSION 3 - POLICY RELEVANCE: TOWARDS A NEW SOCIETAL CONTRACT
(Chair:Ch.Suzanne/VUB/Belgium; Co-chair: C.Horton/Beijing)

The third session will pay attention to the Science-Society
relationship:

* Integrating hard science and the socio-economic sphere;
* Making research findings accessible to stake-holders, policy-makers
and the general public;
* Disseminating the results through the media;
* The role of environmental education;
* The impacts of cultural/ social/ political/ legal and economic systems

on ecosystems;
* The impact of ethics, more specifically the ethics of equity;
* What science for underpinning policy decisions at the European/
Regional/ National/ Local level?
(This list is not exhaustive; the chairs will specify in a keynote
address)
* CONCLUSIONS & CONCRETE GUIDELINES FOR FUTURE RESEARCH


4.PROCEDURES:

Once you have taken a subscription (either on the website
<http://meko.vub.ac.be/~dare/>, or by E-mail to <dare at meko.vub.ac.be>,
you will receive periodically grouped incoming abstracts and
introductory
keynotes by the chairs of the parallel sessions, with an invitation to
comment (22 May-22 July).

During the CORE CONFERENCE (Parallel Sessions - June 22-27), the more
intensely concentrated exchanges of views, that will culminate in a two
hours duration chat (IRC) in the second part of the week, for each of
the
sessions (announcement follows),  will be 'strongly' chaired on a dayly
basis, with the explicit aim to get clearcut concrete guidelines for
future research as output.


5.SOME PRACTICAL HINTS, to come to an end:

 * SUBSCRIPTIONS - You have two options from now on:

        * (preferably) AUTOMATIC SUBSCRIPTIONS ON THE WEBSITE
        <http://meko.vub.ac.be/~dare/> (You have to choose one or more
        topics)

        * MANUAL SUBSCRIPTION TO THE GENERAL FORUM by E-mail to
        <dare at meko.vub.ac.be> . For quick response, please specify
        <subscription> in your subject.

 * PAPERS & COMMENTS:

        * Please put <abstract> or <comment> and ,general> or <scope>,
        <methodology> or <policy> in the subject;
        * Briefly introduce yourself (Name, Affiliation, Country,
        Interests)
        * Be right to the point
        * Use the same terms/concepts as in the text you are reacting
upon
        * Don't send long attachments
        * Textfiles only

        THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION


* ADMINISTRATIVE & PROCEDURAL COMMENTS

        We welcome all non-subject related messages to our E-mail
address.
        Please specify <admin> in the subject, for quick response.

Yours
W.Weyns
Coordinator of the E-Conference






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