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NEWSLETTER FROM BECC - A STRATEGIC RESEARCH AREA |  #2 2017
BECC MERGE spring workshop 18-19 April at Elite Hotel Ideon, Lund

Scenarios – a unifying concept for climate change, impact and policy science

Scenarios of human and biophysical change form an almost ubiquitous backdrop to global change studies and assessments, linking climate change to its anthropogenic drivers and impacts, and providing a context for reasoning about adaptation and mitigation measures. While scenarios have evident value in bridging across disciplines, in tackling complexity, and in communication between researchers, policymakers and the general public, the scenario approach also raises scientific and methodological questions worthy of discussion.

The workshop illuminates scenarios and their application in climate and impact modelling, empirical process studies, social science analysis and global change assessment, thus linking key perspectives, themes and expertise within BECC and MERGE. Aims are to encourage new interactions between BECC and MERGE researchers, and to promote the ongoing development of our twin research environments through academic exchange around a major unifying theme.

Complete program- länk!

Please sign up here, before 7 April.

Stakeholder Interaction in Research Processes - a Guide for Researchers and Research Groups
Writing on an application to VR or Formas and thinking about stakeholder interaction?

BECCs Action Group Stake has released “Stakeholder Interaction in Research Processes - a Guide for Researchers and Research Groups”

Available here: 

In many research projects, stakeholder interaction is ad hoc rather than strategic and systematic. This guide provides advice on good practice, strategies and tools for researchers and research groups interested in finding effective ways to involve stakeholders in their research and have an impact on society.

The guide has been written by Daniel Slunge (UGOT), Olof Drakenberg (UGOT), Anders Ekbom (UGOT), Maria Göthberg (UGOT), Åsa Knaggård (LU) and Ullrika Sahlin (LU). This guide was produced as part of the research project STAKE – Practices and Barriers to Stakeholder Interaction – Challenges for Research Projects, and forms part of the strategic research area BECC – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate – a collaboration between Lund University (LU) and the University of Gothenburg (UGOT).
BECC seminar 31 mars Methodological Pluralism: Which research methods can/should be used for studying biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing climate?

Programme:

9.15-9.45 Introduction (Annica Kronsell) Theme: Should we do Quantitative or Qualitative research to deal with BECC challenges? (Ben Smith, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Johanna Alkan Olsson, CEC) Reflections and QA (Johan Ekros, CEC, moderator)

9.45-10 Coffe/tea

10.00-10.45 Theme: Can critical research solve BECC challenges or are problem solving approaches the only useful ones? (Jonathan Seaquist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Ulrika Palme, Chalmers, Annica Kronsell, Political Science)

10.45-11.00 QA

11-11.20 Theme: Can the Natural, Human and Social Dimensions be integrated? How? Henrik Thorén, Philosphy

11.20-12 Reflections and Discussion (Kimberly Nicholas, LUCSUS, moderator)

Read more here. 

Seminar 29 March Applications and future developments of Bayesian Networks in risk and impact assessments and environmental decision making

Bayesian Networks is a type of probabilistic modelling with wide applications in science and decision making. This workshop will demonstrate the application of BNs in risk and impact assessment and environmental management, and, discuss and critically reflect on the developments and applications of BNs in research and decision making, with case studies.

Read more here. And here.

Åsa Kasimir selected to be IPCC Lead Author
Åsa Kasimir have been selected by the Bureau of IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) as a Lead Author for the writing of the Methodology Report entitled “2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories” (2019 Refinement). Åsa is active as researcher at Department of Earth Sciences, Gothenburg University:

Read more here.
New report “Argument för mer ekosystemtjänster”

The Swedish Environment Agency has funded 7 research projects during 2014-2016 in a Swedish initiative around “The value of ecosystem services. The research projects spanned from a very broad range of research around ecosystem services. The initiative ended March 21 with a final conference gathering researchers and stakeholders from various Swedish municipalities and agencies.

On the webpage for the initiative, you can find (in Swedish), final research reports, fact sheets for decision makers, project presentations as well as filmed material.

Sub-projects of the “The value of ecosystem services" were:
·         Valuation of ecosystem services in agriculture
·         Valuation of cultural ecosystem services based on contributions to quality of life
·         National environmental monitoring and evaluation of ecosystem services in the mountains and forests (NILS)
·         Valuation of aquatic habitats, ecosystem services
·         The integration of ecosystem services in the Swedish EIA process
·         Co-administration of interacting ecosystem services in the catchment area of ​​the River Helgeån
·         Implementation of the ecosystem services concept at the municipal level

The value of ecosystem services/Värdering av ekosystemtjänster
The Swedish Environment Agency has funded 7 research projects during 2014-2016 in a Swedish initiative around “The value of ecosystem services. The research projects spanned from a very broad range of research around ecosystem services. The initiative ended March 21 with a final conference gathering researchers and stakeholders from various Swedish municipalities and agencies.

Read more here and here (in Swedish)
Dissertation; Peatland dynamics in response to past and potential future climate change: A regional modelling approach by Nitin Chaudhary

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

21 April, 13.00, Världen, Geocentrum I, Sölvegatan 12, Lund

Open positions: PhD student in Natural Science, specialising in Biology; Tropical montane trees in a warming world
Read about the possition here.
ClimBEco
Up-coming deadline for applying to become one of the next generation PhD students in ClimBEco Graduate Research School (2017-2019) will be May 5th. Read more at ClimBEcos webb, soon:
VR Consolidator grant
Senior lecturer Bengt Hansson at the Department of Biology (LU) and PI in BECC has been awarded a Consolidator Grant of SEK 12 million from the Swedish Research Council for his project “On the evolution of sex chromosomes, sex-biased gene expression and sexual conflicts”.
Up-coming Calls

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry international guest professorships – Wallenberg professorships

The purpose of the Wallenberg professorships is to establish ties with prominent foreign scientists, who can be expected to contribute towards the renewal of Swedish science in the green sector, and to universities and academic institutions. Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation decided in to fund seven one-year guest professorships of the highest international standard within the green sector starting in 2014.

In this context, the green sector is defined as:
·         forestry, agriculture, horticulture,
·         care and breeding of domestic animals, veterinary medicine,
·         hunting and reindeer herding,
·         urban green areas,
·         fisheries and aquaculture,
but not the industries and service sectors based on these.

Find more information here. You can also contact your universities Research Service.

Universities nominate holders of the 2018–2019 professorship by sending in a “Pre-proposal” no later than 22 May 2017.


Formas

Formas Annual open call for research and development projects 2017 
Read more here.
Last day of application: 06/04/2017

Formas Annual open call for mobility starting grants 2017
Read more here.
Last day of application: 06/04/2017

Formas Annual open call for research and development projects to future research leaders 2017
Read more here.
Last day of application: 06/04/2017


The Swedish Research Council (VR)

Overview of all grants from VR 2017 

International Postdoc (all)
Last day of application: 19/09/2017


Research Project Grant (NT)
Last day of application 4/4 2017

Starting Grant (NT)
Last day of application 4/4 2017

BECC internal funding
You can always find updated information on BECCs iternal funding opportunities here.
Acknowledgement
Please note that research fully or partly funded by the BECC programme should contain a sentence in the in the acknowledgements with the following information: “The research presented in this paper is a contribution to the strategic research area Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing Climate, BECC”.
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