Electronic Conference - DEVELOPING an AGENDA for RESEARCH on

Leticia Osei losei at minf.vub.ac.be
Thu May 28 14:57:01 EST 1998


WHAT IS IT ?
The Electronic Conference on "Developing an Agenda for Research on
Ecosystems"
is organized by the DARE Project and is an initiative which seeks a new
way of
assessing and planning EU-funded research under the European
Commission's
"Environmental and Climate" Programme within the Research (DG XII)
Directorate's



Electronic Conference
DEVELOPING an AGENDA for RESEARCH on ECOSYSTEMS [DARE]
- First Announcement and Invitation -
>From May 22nd to July 22nd, 1998

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

WHAT IS IT ?
The Electronic Conference on "Developing an Agenda for Research on Ecosystems"
is organized by the DARE Project and is an initiative which seeks a new way of
assessing and planning EU-funded research under the European Commission's
"Environmental and Climate" Programme within the Research (DG XII)
Directorate's
Fifth Framework Programme for 1998-2002.

The schedule of the E-Conference is from May 22nd to July 22nd, 1998.

RATIONALE

The DARE initiative (Developing an Agenda for Research on the Environment) has
been established to seek to improve the approach to assessing, planning, and
co-ordinating EU-funded research on terrestrial ecosystems. The explicit
position
of DG XII is that this re-orientation must be more useful for major EU
sectorial
policy lines (including Agenda 2000), and for its compliance with
international
conventions and agreements.

The terrestrial ecosystem research initiative (TERI; EU-DG XII Research
Programme)
is behind other sectors in defining what it believes are the main research
questions and policy issues that ought to be addressed. Nor has been
discussed the
interrelationships between and common questions shared with, other parts of
the
Thematic Programme - Biodiversity research for example.

The first stage of the DARE activity involved a review and evaluation of
sectoral
European Union policies and their concern with respect to environmental
impacts.
This analysis exposes what we define as the demand for environmental
information
and data at a European level. On the other side specific EU DG XII Terrestrial
Ecosystem Research Programmes were analyzed, trying to define what is the
supply
of environmental information and data from this research domain.
The findings of this first stage of work are available in the form of a
draft report
and can be consulted on the programme's Home-page:
http://vub.vub.ac.be/~dare/ .
Further information on the DARE initiative can be found on this Home-page.

The aim of the DARE initiative is to come to the creation and verification
of a
common awareness of, and interest in, the ecosystem paradigm in an
inter-sectoral
context. The final goal is attending and identifying a common research
agenda in an
inter-sectoral context.
Whatever research agenda will be developed, it will need to have very
strong policy
relevance. That means the need to start with some major issues and problems
that
policy makers want to know the answer to, and then identify the science
that we
need to deliver to solve those problems.

Considering that a direct dialogue between scientists and the wider
community is
the best way to achieve a consensus, an Electronic Conference on Developing an
Agenda for Research on Ecosystems has been programmed within the framework
of the
DARE initiative.

E-CONFERENCE - SCHEDULE AND TOOLS
Conference Targets:
The Electronic Conference will run from May 22nd to July 22nd, 1998.
The Conference will have three phases:
1. An information-exchange phase [May 22nd - June 21st]
2. A 'core'-conference phase [June 22nd - 27th]
3. A continuing discussion phase [June 28th - July 22nd]

During the core conference phase, contributions from sectoral experts
(Agriculture,
Transport, Tourism, Energy and Industry) will be presented on the World
Wide Web.
Participants are invited to send beforehand abstracts of their original
contributions. During the conference phase they will send their opinions,
and to
comment on the previous contributions, to reply and counter-reply. To this
extent
not only the basic texts but also their replies and comments will be made
available
on line. Basic texts will be adapted to the comments on a daily basis.
Participants
are equally encouraged to submit full papers on the conference subjects.

Issues and themes:
Discussion sessions will be hold concerning different topics such as:

1. Ecosystem research needs in the SECTORS:
		agriculture
		industry
		energy
		transport
		tourism
2. Ecosystem research needs in the AREAS:
		global change
		carbon sequestration and storage in ecosystems in Europe
		anthropogenic nitrogen deposition
		clean water and terrestrial ecosystems
		sustainable use of soil
		changes in biodiversity
		trace gas fluxes
3. European ECOSYSTEMS and biogeographical regions
4. Methods for INTERDISCIPLINARY research
5. The SCIENCE-SOCIETY discussion
6. Cross-cutting approaches such as environmental ETHICS, morality of
equity and
responsibility,...
7. Implementation strategies and POLICY options
8. Towards a NEW PARADIGM for terrestrial ecosystems research

The sessions mentioned above are tentative and not exhaustive.

Participant focus and scope:
The E-Conference is open to everyone who wants to express, to suggest or to
share an idea, opinion or worry related to terrestrial ecosystem research.
Although TERI research is a biophysical agenda, and ecology scientists
are primarily involved, everybody is encouraged to take part in the
Conference.
Contributions are expected from end-users of all five sectors (Agriculture,
Transport, Tourism, Energy and Industry) but also from decision makers in
these
sectors who wants to express their ideas, opinions, worries and suggestions
related to terrestrial ecosystem research.

Policy advisory councils on environment and management already bridge
science and
public sectors. Therefore they should particulary be invitated to engage in
this
dynamics. Also NGO representatives from organizations active in the different
sectors are encouraged to participate.
Researchers in these core and related areas are encouraged to contribute their
views bridging the gap between science and policy in terrestrial system
research.
They are especially encouraged to reflect on interdisciplinary methodological
approaches.

Communication tools:

The E-conference may be followed by visiting the Home-page :

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

The draft report is available at the same address.
Instructions will be given on how to read and print the report.

Please send your comments and suggestions to:
Free University Brussels
Dept. Human Ecology
The DARE initiative
Laarbeeklaan 103
1090 Brussels
Belgium
Telefax: 32-2-477.49.64

E-Mail: dare at meko.vub.ac.be

SUBSCRIBE
To take part in the E-conference, the following means are available:
- An ELECTRONIC MAIL LIST (LIST SERVER)
All participants will be able to subscribe to the mailing list, and so will
be able
to send and receive e-mails, express opinions, raise questions or answer
queries in
a common forum.

- A DISCUSSION FORUM will present a daily selection of outstanding
representatives
of the different sectors related to terrestrial ecosystems. Participants
will be
able to send their opinions and comments on this contributions.

Subscribe free to the E-conference:

You may take part in the Electronic Conference by subscribing to the following
services:

- ECDARE Mail List (to be set)
- ECDARE Forum  (to be set)

All participants who subscribe to the mailing list, will be able to send and
receive e-mails commenting on terrestrial ecosystem research matters, worries,
problems and suggestions.

Please provide us with the following information to get subscribed to the
ECDARE Mail-List:

Name:
Surname:
Email:
Age:
Occupation:
Country:
Key terms:

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