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ESCom Series: IPBES and science-policy-practice in Scotland

Industry event
9 March 2016, 4:30pm
at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
for scientists, policy makers and other interested parties
Tayside landscape (c) James Hutton Institute

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established to provide decision makers with scientifically credible and independent information that takes into account the complex relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and people. But what is happening in practice and how is this prestigious body (i) considering the science-practice-policy interface in Scotland and (ii) what insights are there for future Scottish policy and practice.

Join to hear about IPBES from the panellists followed by a question time session with the audience. The event will be hosted by Dr Katrin Prager, from the James Hutton Institute's Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group, and Dr Jan Dick, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Confirmed panellists:

  • Dr Allan Watt, IPBES Observer for Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Head of delegation)
  • Sally Thomas, Head of Land Use and Biodiversity policy team, Scottish Government
  • Professor Mark Rounsevell, Co-chair of IPBES Experts for regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia
  • Dr Diana Mortimer, UK IPBES National Focal Point and Head of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Dr Adam Vanbergen, lead author of two chapters in IPBES documents and Ecologist at Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

To register, visit the event page at Eventbrite.

ESCom is an inclusive and open community with a wide constituency spread across Scotland, with members and partners from across National Government, local authorities, government agencies, research organisations and universities, NGO's and private sector companies, including SMEs. ESCom Scotland partners include the James Hutton Institute, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland's Rural College, Forest Research, University of Edinburgh, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Environment LINK and the Scottish Government.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.