Workshops and Panel Debates

Please check in the individual workshop descriptions, if a workshop or panel debate is open for everyone, needs a sign-up or is a closed event. If you wish to attend a workshop, you need to register for WBF2024, if the workshop takes place on Sunday, 16 June 2024, there is a separate day pass which you can buy in the online registration.

Workshops World Biodiversity Forum2024

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) have been widely hailed as effective strategies to enhance both biodiversity and human well-being in the face of climate change. However, a gap between academic research and real-world application has hindered their practical implementation. While a vast array of NbS options is available to address the impacts of climate change, certain barriers impede their widespread adoption. Under the umbrella of the European Biodiversity Partnership (Biodiversa+), the BiodivClim Knowledge Hub is joining experts from 21 pan-European research projects focusing on links between biodiversity and climate change. As part of its activities, the Knowledge Hub has collected key inputs regarding such barriers from different practitioners: these include inadequate financial support, limited knowledge about the spatial and temporal functioning of NbS, insufficient technical expertise, and challenges related to legal frameworks, including land-use conflicts.
To tackle these challenges head-on, we will host a panel discussion featuring practitioners actively engaged in NbS implementation. This includes national and European authorities, research funding bodies, and scientists who have authored IPCC and IPBES assessments. Each panellist will deliver concise presentations highlighting the main barriers encountered during NbS implementation, exploring common issues that cut across different contexts, and presenting examples of successful NbS initiatives, as inspiring stories, and of cases where the implementation of NbS was not successful, as learning examples. To foster a dynamic and engaging discussion, we will have enlisted a skilled journalist as our moderator, who will leverage their expertise in exploring complex environmental topics. By bringing together practitioners and fostering interdisciplinary dialogue, our panel aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, thereby promoting the widespread adoption of NbS for addressing climate challenges and promoting biodiversity and human well-being.

Confirmed speakers
•Divija Jata
Biodiversa+ (European Biodiversity Partnership), Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Brussels, Belgium
• Thomas Koetz
EIT Climate-KIC (European Institute of Innovation and Technology)
• Elena Petsani
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Europe
• Kati Vierikko
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
• Dr. Nathalie Morata
IUCN Climate Crisis Commission

Rita Sousa-Silva, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, The Netherlands,

Pedro Pinho; Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes & CHANGE-Global Change and Sustainability Institute, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal;

Filipa Grilo; Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes & CHANGE-Global Change and Sustainability Institute, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal;

Myron A. Peck; Department of Coastal Systems, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands;

Patricia Kammerer; BiodivClim and BiodivRestore programs’ officer, Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité, Paris, France;

Divija Jata, Biodiversa+ (European Biodiversity Partnership), Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Brussels, Belgium,


Addressing the global biodiversity crisis requires an understanding of the diversity of life on Earth, how that diversity functions and interacts, and how biodiversity responds to different environmental pressures. Two key strands of genomic science provide opportunities to develop solutions to address the complex challenges of delivering knowledge to improve our capabilities for effective biomonitoring, biodiversity conservation, and species discovery. DNA barcoding is transforming the speed of completion of the inventory of life on Earth and providing the foundations of global biomonitoring systems. Genome sequencing is transforming understanding at the genetic level and delivering knowledge of how species adapt to environmental change.
This panel discussion aims to bring together experts from these two domains of genomic science in an open forum to (1) introduce the current state-of-the-art to the wider community of stakeholders in biodiversity research and policy; and (2) debate the priorities for addressing challenges and seizing opportunities needed to accelerate and integrate genomic science solutions into practices that enhance the efficacy of management interventions and biomonitoring programmes with state-of-the-art genomic tools.
The organisers of this panel discussion are coordinating the first large-scale pan-European effort to develop and strengthen functioning communities of practice in biodiversity genomics, the Biodiversity Genomics Europe (BGE) Project ( The BGE Project is building European capacity, production, and applications in biodiversity genomics, from field sampling to DNA sequencing followed by data processing and analysis to drive applications in biomonitoring, conservation, and bioeconomy. The panel will comprise two representatives of the BGE Project as well as one representative each from the global umbrella networks the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) and the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP).

Robert Waterhouse, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Amphipôle, Quartier UNIL-Sorge, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland,

Dimitris Koureas, Naturalis Biodiversity Center The Netherlands,
Peter Hollingsworth, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh United Kingdom,
Camila Mazzoni, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Germany,
Mara Lawniczak, Wellcome Sanger Institute United Kingdom,
Claudio Ciofi, The University of Florence Italy,

This research has been done in the last seven years, with emphasis on the republics of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru, in the indigenous communities of Colombia CRIC, the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council. In addition to the Ecuadorian indigenous movement of Otavalo – Imbabura – Ecuador, as well as the indigenous movement in the Sierra de Bolivia and Peru.
By highlighting the alternative media, using websites, radio and community television, press, giving way to the decolonial theory, social emancipation and thus the redefinition of the rights of native communities, take chain decolonial form and intellectual aspects, theoretical and social openness leads to the strengthening of social movements, labor movements, teachers, workers, peasant struggles in the rural and urban sector in the last 20 years in Latin America and thus give way to the redefinition of economic and cultural social rights.
Notably academic basis in liberation theology of Gustavo Gutierrez, Leonardo Boff, libertarian pedagogy in Paulo Freire, Philosophy of Liberation Enrique Dussel, Francois Houtart, that have transpired in history, social movements and thus have redefined the work of the media as a service to the specific needs of ancestral communities.

Confirmed speakers
Eduardo Erazo Acosta
Vanessa Arteaga
Jose Wilman Tumbo

Eduardo Erazo Acosta, sociologist,
Vanessa Art, Philosopher & Cultural Manager
Jose Wilman Tumbo Chepe, Nasa people, Former governor of the indigenous reserve of Pueblo Nuevo, municipality of Caldono Cauca, Colombia

In a world where connecting with nature is becoming increasingly distant, and biodiversity loss is a reality, it is essential to rediscover our intrinsic bond with the natural world. This 1.5-hour workshop invites participants to embark on an immersive journey, diving into an experience of «being nature» rather than existing off, from, or in nature (see IPBES2023). Through an immersive experience followed by a generative dialogue, participants are invited to explore their unique connection, foster relationships with land, place and beings beyond humans and be inspired by the experiences of others.
Participants will be guided through experiential exercises designed to work with their wider ways of knowing  (Heron & Reason 2008). Through sensory awareness and entering in touch with the immediate surrounding (incl. insects & plants), attendees will tap into their inherent inter-connectedness with the ecosystem, allowing them to reflect on their place within the larger ecological tapestry, the biome.
Following the experiential session, a dialogue will be facilitated, providing a safe enough space (Singer-Brodowski 2022) for participants to share what they witnessed and welcome collective sense-making. This will encourage an exploration of individual and shared experiences and invite a deepening of what inter-connectedness could look like.
The workshop aims to inspire a paradigm shift in how we perceive and interact with the natural world. By shifting our perspective from one of separation to one of care and kinship, we can begin to embrace an ecocentric worldview and inquiry into how that might influence individual and collective actions and decisions-making. This workshop intends to renew a sense of appreciation for nature’s wisdom and interconnectedness and informs how participants will experience the rest of the conference.
Join us for this 1.5-hour workshop, an open space for reflexive and transformative learning to embrace our innate kinship with our home planet, the Earth.

Confirmed speakers
Luea Ritter, WorldEthicForum
Dr. Anaïs Sägesser, WorldEthicForum

Luea Ritter, WorldEthicForum, Cresta 8, CH-7412 Scharans,
Anaïs Sägesser, WorldEthicForum,

Nature-based solutions (NbS) – actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems while addressing societal challenges – hold great potential to enhance climate resilience while providing multiple benefits for society and biodiversity, and safeguarding the delivery of ecosystem services. There is a great need to bring nature back to cities through restoration, rewilding or creating novel types of urban green areas such as green roofs or rain gardens. Urban NbS tend to be hybrid solutions in which technology and grey infrastructure interact with social and ecological system components. Most research on NbS has focused on the social (e.g. governance, planning, and perceived values) and ecological aspects (e.g. ecosystem functions, biodiversity), while the technical aspects (built environment, infrastructure, planting design, technology used in NbS) remain understudied. The technical components for improving or weakening the ecological and social effectiveness of NbS require further exploration to understand this complexity and harness the full potential of NbS. We propose a social-ecological-technical systems (SETS) approach as a novel and comprehensive framework for studying and planning urban NbS. In this workshop, we illustrate how a SETS approach can support multidisciplinary research, collaborative planning and transformative changes through the application of NbS in urban water systems and environments. Our workshop will begin with three presentations that describe how these topics are interlinked and give examples of how they can be implemented. We will then convene parallel interactive sessions, allowing attendees (e.g. practitioners, planners, researchers) to share their experiences and provide real-world examples that illustrate how social institutions and understandings, ecological attributes and environmental contexts, and technological realities configure NbS and how a SETS approach might shape their potential to deliver the desired benefits.

Confirmed speakers
Dagmar Haase, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Pedro Pinho, University of Lisbon
Johannes Langemeyer, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
Tom Wild, University of Sheffield

Main organizers
Kati Vierikko, Finnish Environment Institute, (
Ulf Stein, Ecologic Institute (

McKenna Davis, Ecologic Institute, (
Tom Wild, University of Sheffield,
Johannes Langemeyer, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona,
Dagmar Haase, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Pedro Pinho, University of Lisbon,
Filipa Grilo, University of Lisbon,
Daniel Gebler; Poznan University of Life Sciences,
Hanna Nieminen, Finnish Environment Institute,
Jan Staes, University of Antwerpen,
Michael Monaghan, IGB Berlin,
Thilo Wellmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,

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A sixth mass extinction is under way and, despite the development of essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) for science-based, actionable policies, biodiversity monitoring remains limited by observation methods and sampling logistics. Genetic diversity monitoring in particular is fundamental to prevent species extinctions and design conservation interventions, but is limited by the effort required to sequence DNA from many individuals and species over time. Thus, indicators of genetic diversity, recently adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), focus on proxies that can be assessed even in the absence of DNA sequence information, and translated into actionable policies. Existing, public Earth observations (EOs), especially from sub-orbital and space-based instruments, provide frequent, repeated and non-invasive, local-to-global data that represent a unique resource to develop and improve these indicators. Current developments in EO, including rapidly emerging space-based imaging spectroscopy, can furthermore contribute to the assessment of EBVs for genetic diversity.
In this workshop, we will present a general approach and concrete cases for the timely integration of EO into genetic diversity monitoring and reporting for scientific biodiversity assessments, from the ongoing work of the ISSI International Team “Genes from Space”. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to: 1) provide input and feedback on our proposals for developing workflows and example cases for genetic diversity assessment, monitoring and reporting; 2) assess feasibility and give recommendations for broader implementation of our proposed framework and approach; and 3) contribute to the outcomes of the workshop. We envision these will contribute to monitoring and reporting within the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and future scientific biodiversity assessments.
We invite those working on genetic diversity, biodiversity, monitoring and reporting methods, EBV development, and EO for scientific biodiversity assessment, as well as other interested conference attendees, to participate in the workshop.
The multidisciplinary team of workshop conveners, who are experts in genetics, biodiversity science, conservation, and Earth observations, will serve as speakers to provide short and informative introduction to the context and content of the topics to be discussed at the workshop. The majority of time will be devoted to interactive discussion and sharing ideas with the participants. A summary of major conclusions and timeline for follow-up actions will be shared with the participants, and their views will be solicited for broader dissemination and raising awareness of the outcomes from this workshop, and its follow-on activities.

Meredith C. Schuman, Remote Sensing Laboratories, Department of Geography and Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich,
Claudia Röösli, Remote Sensing  Laboratories, Department of Geography, University of Zurich,
Alicia Mastretta-Yanes, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología – Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONACYT-CONABIO), Mexico City, Mexico. / Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Clement Albergel, European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Office, ECSAT, Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom,
Cristiano Vernesi, Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele All’adige, Trento, Italy,
Ghassem R. Asrar, Senior VP for Science-Emeritus, Universities Space Research Association, Washington, DC, USA,
Isabelle S. Helfenstein, Remote Sensing  Laboratories, Department of Geography, University of Zurich,
Katie L. Millette, Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada,
Linda Laikre, Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden,
Michael E. Schaepman, Remote Sensing  Laboratories, Department of Geography, University of Zurich,
Wolke Tobón-Niedfeldt, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO), Mexico City, Mexico,

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Despite persistent efforts, biodiversity continues to decline. Thus far, the existing conservation approaches and measures have fallen short in stemming global biodiversity loss. Science-Policy Interfaces (SPI) have been established to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and policy decisions. However, SPIs currently face considerable scrutiny and pressure, as science’s foundational role is questioned while simultaneously being requested as a source for evidence-based decisions.
Consequently, many scientists and practitioners have argued that current SPI initiatives and communication formats are inadequate and that novel and experimental approaches such as Solution Labs, Transformation Labs, Living Labs, Real-World Labs, and Incubators are needed. These approaches share the common objective of integrating science, policy, and practice to collaboratively generate knowledge and drive action through transdisciplinary processes. Notably, these formats facilitate the exchange and co-creation of diverse knowledge types such as systems, orientation and in particular transformation knowledge.
The purpose of this workshop is fourfold: i) To draw insights from trans-disciplinary processes in order to enhance SPI methodologies; ii) To identify success factors while critically evaluating existing approaches; iii) To explore the potential of SPI processes in informing policy decisions and catalyzing transformative changes within the scientific realm (such as institutionalizing new formats); and iv) To reflect the role, impact, and contribution of scientific knowledge within SPI processes, recognizing this as an inherently political negotiation.
In addition to invited oral presentations by both scientists and practitioners showcasing innovative SPI labs, the workshop will facilitate breakout sessions focusing on: 1) Scientific knowledge – the required knowledge types, effective communication strategies, and target audiences; 2) SPI processes – (re-)cultivating existing and new knowledge processes to inform policy and facilitate transformative change processes; and 3) SPI outcomes – potentials of the various formats and transdisciplinary processes to trigger transformative change.

Confirmed speakers
Flurina Schneider, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center BiK-F
Alexandra Lux, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center BiK-F
Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center BiK-F
Lennart Kümper-Schlake (German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation; invited): COP CBD negotiation process
Marie Vandewalle, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Juliette Young, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE)
Grégoire Dubois, Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity (KCBD)
Peter Messerli, Wyss Academy

Marion Mehring, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Hamburger Allee 45, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany,
Alexandra Lux, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Hamburger Allee 45, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany,

Flurina Schneider(1,2,3) ,
Sophie Peter(1,2) ,
Katrin Böhning-Gaese(2),
Marie Vandewalle(4) ,
Juliette Young(5),
Peter Messerli(6),

1 ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Hamburger Allee 45, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2 Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center BiK-F, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
3 Goethe University Frankfurt, Faculty of Biosciences, Max‑von‑Laue‑Str. 9, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany
4 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04138 Leipzig, Germany
5 French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), Rue de l’Université 147,
75338 Paris, France
6 Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern, Kochergasse 4, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

The rapid decline of fauna worldwide requires creative solutions to improve biodiversity monitoring. Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) has greatly improved our ability to survey biodiversity efficiently across time and space. PAM utilizes automated recording devices that can remotely record species-specific sounds at large spatial and temporal scales. These sound detections can then be used to estimate species presence, distribution, and occupancy. PAM can also be used to detect anthropogenic noise (e.g., gunshots, chainsaws). PAM is a powerful tool because it is non-invasive, cost- and labor-effective & able to generate long-term data that can be repeatedly analyzed.

Hardware/Data Collection
Acoustic monitoring has been revolutionized with the recent advent of new technologies such as miniaturized and affordable hardware (e.g., Audiomoths) which significantly lower the barrier to entry. During this workshop, we will discuss the different considerations you should take into account when deciding what technology, sampling design, and analysis to use. For the hands-on part of this section, we will walk participants through the configuration and deployment of Audiomoths (devices provided by workshop conveners).

Software/Data Analysis
The recent development of user-friendly software that incorporates machine learning and cloud computing has become a vital step in the PAM pipeline. During this workshop, we will guide participants through accessible and intuitive workflows for analyzing data from autonomous recorders using Arbimon. This free, web-based platform offers a comprehensive set of ecoacoustic analytical tools through an intuitive no-code interface. We will walk participants through a variety of workflows using a sample dataset (see below).

Approximate Schedule (~4 hours total)
• Presentation: Intro to PAM (25-min.)
• Demo/hands-on: survey design & hardware (50-min)
o Audiomoth configuration
• Presentation: Analyzing PAM data (20-min.)
• Demo’s/hands-on: software (125 minutes)
o Arbimon platform
o Pattern matching
o Audio event detection & clustering
o Convolutional neural networks
o Arbimon Insights

Carly Batist; Science Outreach Coordinator, Rainforest Connection (RFCx) & Arbimon;
Marconi Campos-Cerqueira; Chief Scientist, Rainforest Connection (RFCx) & Arbimon,

Brainforest Association is the world’s first forest-focused venture studio. We work with entrepreneurs and business development to create environmentally positive and sustainable businesses. We address crucial market needs and integrate them into daily life, aiming to reconnect
humans, businesses, and nature through innovative and scalable solutions.
Today’s exercise will answer: What are the blockers of creating impactful business models that monetize biodiversity initiatives?
Participants will be broken into groups of 4-6 people to address key elements impacting biodiversitypositive initiatives:
1. Main barriers
2. Main solutions and enablers
3. Shortcomings of existing initiatives
4. How can we shift toward scalable solutions and use of technology?
Takeaways from this workshop: learning systems mapping methods, networking in a multistakeholder context, identifying key problems to be addressed and potential solutions. The identified shortcomings provide a great starting point for project implementors and researchers to focus their initiatives.

Brainforest’s mission is to restore and regenerate 20M hectares of forests by 2020. We focus our venture building efforts in 2 areas: biodiversity and regenerative food forests. We identify and create innovative solutions in these spaces, using participatory approaches just as today’s workshop!
Today, we conduct an ideation workshop based on the guiding question: What innovative solutions might enhance forest value by monetizing biodiversity and funding new sustainable products?
Participants will be split into 2-3 groups and run through the ideation workshop with the following outcomes:
1. 2 examples of existing great businesses per group, focusing on their potential for scale, innovation etc.
2. Groups present and share perspectives
3. Ideation round: Now we generate great and crazy ideas using specific prompts
4. Voting round: Collectively select the most interesting/relevant ideas
5. Define collaboration: each team makes a proposal for continued involvement and support to the top selected ideas
Takeaways from this workshop: learning ideation methods, networking in a multi-stakeholder context, defining collaborative approaches for potential new solutions. Ideas brought by this session will be build out and co-founded by Brainforest and any participant who wishes to participate or partner with the future venture.

Camille Accolas, Brainforest Lead Venture Builder for Biodiversity Vertical, Färberstrasse 6, 8008 Zürich,

Leo Caprez, Brainforest CEO,

Thomas Gmeiner, Brainforest Chief Venture Officer,

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Background. According to the preliminary estimates, losses and damages caused by the ongoing military aggression in Ukraine are already exceeding USD 411 billion (The World Bank, 2023). It is desirable that measures of post-war recovery in the post-conflict countries will be carried out in accordance with the principles of «building forward better» and «leaving no one behind». Such an approach requires elaboration of the middle and long-term strategies, action plans including, a financial plan, for recovery and further development. Cities are on the forefront of the conflict. At the same time, local authorities are experiencing a lack of financial resources as the current Ukrainian National Recovery Plan is centered around national authorities and respective priorities. Creating regional urban resilience hubs (URH) with satellite municipalities in their proximity could ensure that reconstruction funds are geared to the needs of the «first responders» (municipalities) through the design of the financing architecture with the participation of private investors. The main pillars should be centered around (but not limited to) resilient reconstruction of destroyed buildings, private and communal services (communal hospitals) and decentralized energies («citizen energy»). To ensure integrity, environmental, social and governance (ESG) elements should be incorporated and serve as a basis to attract private green and sustained finance for the recovery efforts in Ukraine. The EU Green Taxonomy, as well as the Regulation on establishing Recovery and Resilient Facility (RRF) are important guiding stars for a green and resilient recovery not only in Ukraine, but also for other post-conflict countries. An approach to addressing capacity, financial and regulatory needs for the priority pillars will be presented and discussed.

AIM is to look at the pillars of green and resilient post-conflict recovery through biodiversity lens.

OUTCOME – elaborated recommendations on using biodiversity for enhanced green and resilient urban post-conflict recovery.

The following pillars will be used to build up the groups and elaborate recommendations on how to enhance recovery efforts:

  • green and resilient business, living environment;
  • access to the green and sustainable finance;
  • resilient and climate-neutral critical infrastructure;
  • circular societies for climate- and nature-positive growth;
  • social inclusion and green jobs creation.


9:00-9:15 – Round of introductions
9:15-9:30 – Short presentation of UFZ Discussion Paper
9:30-10:00 – Work in groups on barriers and possible solutions (e.g., demining, energy, waste, water, social inclusion, etc.)
10:00-10:20 – Presentation of results
10:20-10:30 – Concluding remarks.

Reimund Schwarze – Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Oleksandr Sushchenko – Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Are you eager to harness the power of nature’s wisdom to optimize your communication and business practices?
Join us in this transformative workshop, where we bridge the gap “From Science to Action”, offering practical examples and profound insights to inspire innovation across diverse organizational contexts.
What can you expect?
– gain a fresh perspective on optimizing your organization,
– acquire practical tools and strategies to foster innovation, resilience, and sustainability within your own business,
– discover the transformative potential of bioinfused communications and processes.
Join a diverse group of like-minded individuals, united by the passion to unlock nature’s secrets for their businesses and communication practices.
Here are some key features:
– communication processes inspired by nature,
– bioinfused business practices,
– real-life case studies,
– practical and interactive exercises.
Prepare to delve into the experience of nature’s principles, as we strengthen your resilience and cultivate natural and symbiotic relationships within your organizational context. Moreover, we’ll explore how to adapt to dynamic situations and embrace emerging opportunities for growth.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to propel your communication and your organization forward with transformative insights.

Confirmed speakers
Joy Lapseritis, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport RI USA,
Sonja Donauer-Dums, Alpine Genius Think Tank, Anthophila,

Michaela Emch, Alpine Genius Think Tank, Eclosions – Marketing & Communication, Biomimicry Switzerland, Rte de Praly 4, 1976 Aven, Switzerland,

Map of Life is a global resource addressing the geographic distributions of species and their change. It addresses local to national monitoring and planning needs and can deliver actionable species-specific biodiversity insights. For areas of interest worldwide, the dashboards of Map of Life and the Half-Earth Project Map provide an accessible and flexible interface for anyone to assess global importance, prioritize local monitoring, and integrate other information.

This workshop session will explore the existing implementation, tools, and data available at the Map of Life and Half-Earth Project Map. We will demonstrate how governments and organizations across three continents are using these tools and invite attendees to engage with the interface, describe additional needs, and provide welcome feedback. Through several hands-on examples and use cases, workshop participants will explore how to use the platforms and their dashboards for assessment, reporting, and decision-support around local, regional, national, and global biodiversity patterns and trends.

Alexander Killion
Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change
165 Prospect Street, New Haven CT 06511

Tamara Rudic
Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change

Walter Jetz
Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change

Environmental challenges like degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss require solutions that extend beyond conventional scientific models and technological remedies. Integrating human behaviour in scenario development through strategy games can effectively transform environmental policymaking. This full-day workshop invites participants to discover MineSet, a strategy game on landscape governance and forest management in Central Africa.

– To examine how decisions deviate from traditional scientific models and to introduce a more nuanced understanding of human agency in environmental management.
– To utilize strategy games as a tool to better grasp the complexity of socio-environmental systems and to foster dialogue between stakeholders.
– To explore how games can contribute to more effective, transparent, and democratic decision-making in real-world environmental challenges.

Target Audience
This workshop is designed for a maximum of 24 participants and particularly encourages attendance from policy makers, industry leaders, researchers, and stakeholders wanting to make a difference.

Structure (total 5 hours plus breaks)
1. Introduction and Context Setting: Briefing on the state of landscape governance and forest management in Central Africa (15 minutes).
2. Game Mechanics and Roles: Introduction to the rules of MineSet, objectives, and stakeholder roles within the strategy game (15 minutes).
3. Gameplay Session: Participants engage in the strategy game, representing various stakeholder perspectives, and building scenarios of landscape change (3 hours with a break).
4. Debrief and Insight Sharing: A facilitated discussion to extract lessons learned, both from the gameplay and how they can be applied to real-world governance and management scenarios. (1 hour)
5. Conclusions and Next Steps: Summary of key insights and discussion of potential implications for policy and practice (30 minutes).

By integrating people-based strategy game design with scientific principles, this workshop aims to create awareness and help transcend the limitations of traditional policy-making to drive more impactful people-based solutions in landscape governance and forest management.

The workshop has no speakers per se, but the game will be hosted by a team of game masters and facilitators. (GM : Claude Garcia).

Claude Garcia – University of Applied Sciences, Berne. (BFH -HAFL) : Länggasse 85, 3052 Zollikofen.
Jaboury Ghazoul – ETH Zurich.

In this workshop, we will discuss what is needed to extract the full potential of spaceborne remote sensing data for biodiversity monitoring. We will explore the optimal synergism with in situ biological observations and the potential for technological and methodological advancements for the coming decades.
Biodiversity is under threat in a rapidly changing world. Pressures and ecological responses can occur at paces that exceed resources for in-situ observations. High frequency monitoring is needed to support biodiversity actions towards reaching the goals and targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). Remote sensing can provide timely assessment of change, complementing the understanding gained from in-situ monitoring. New remote sensing data products and entirely new types of sensors create opportunities for both detecting changes to pressures on ecosystems and the responses of living systems. This workshop will encourage the development and adoption of emerging remote sensing technologies into local to regional biodiversity action and national to global biodiversity assessments. The outcomes of this workshop will inform a white paper for the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space (ESAS) 2027, which will define NASA’s priorities for the coming decade(s). This is an opportunity to help shape NASA’s priorities to facilitate monitoring biodiversity change for assessment and evaluation needs of the GBF.
After a plenary introduction, we envision two sessions with break-out groups:

Part 1: Gaps, biases and limitations
– Prioritization of gaps that the space agencies and biodiversity communities need to fill

Part 2: Solutions and actions
– Technological advances for monitoring biodiversity from space: informing the next Decadal Survey
– Adoption of emerging technologies for conservation, restoration and land management

Expected workshop outcomes
– A consolidated list of gaps, biases and limitations, potential paths forward how these can be addressed
– Decadal Survey (ESAS 2027) White Paper outline

This workshop will be a mix of invited participants and open participation (hybrid setting). Participation of early-career researchers is encouraged.

Main Organizers
Fabian D. Schneider, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, M/S 233-300, Pasadena, CA, 91109, USA,

Gary N. Geller, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology,
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, University of Minnesota,
Cornelia Krug, bioDISCOVERY, University of Zurich,
Kyla Dahlin, Michigan State University,
Marc Paganini, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency,

This workshop is a collaborative, playful and science-based workshop to discover about biodiversity, as well as the causes and consequences of its erosion. All data comes from the IPBES report and can be provided in several languages.  It has the purpose of raising awareness about environmental issues to as many people as possible, without discrimination. Here is a little more information about it

Maria del Pilar Porras Villarreal, Le Fresque de la Biodiversité Association,,  Leimbachstrasse 35, 8041, Zurich, Switzerland
Ludovic Kasperski, Le Fresque de la Biodiversité Association, Bern, Switzerland,

Achieving the goals set out by the Kunming-Montreal global biodiversity framework (GBF) and other international- or national strategies requires assessments of biodiversity status, as well as developing plans to conserve and restore biodiversity. At the same time, the increasing pace of environmental changes and their effects on ecosystems has triggered intense research on how to understand better and quantify biodiversity and their temporal and spatial change. However, biodiversity is a complex and multifaceted construct that gives rise to a plethora of different indicators and metrics, which all suffer from scale dependence and other biases. It is thus far from trivial to develop biodiversity assessment frameworks, especially in the marine realm, that adequately capture the multi-level changes in biodiversity in a way that can be effectively communicated to a broad range of stakeholders, including managers, policymakers, industry representatives and NGOs. In this workshop, we aim to present and discuss different approaches to improve indicators, assessments and communication. We invite experts from various research consortia.

Confirmed speakers
Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (3)
Jan Dajka (2)
Angel Borja (6)
Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Department of Biology, University di Pisa, Lungarno Pacinotti 43 – 56100 Pisa, Italy, email:
Martin Lindegren (7)
Mette Skern-Mauritzen (8)
Dorothee Hodapp (2)

Main organizers
Helmut Hillebrand (1,2,3) & Thorsten Blenckner (4)
1) Institute for Chemistry and Biology of Marine Environments [ICBM], Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Schleusenstrasse 1, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, email:
2) Helmholtz-Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg [HIFMB], Ammerländer Heerstrasse 231, 26129 Oldenburg
3) Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research [AWI], Bremerhaven
4) Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Albanovägen 28, 10691 Stockholm , Sweden, email:

Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (5), Angel Borja (6), Martin Lindegren (7), Mette Skern-Mauritzen (8), Dorothee Hodapp (2)
5) School of Biological and Marine Science,Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth,Devon PL4 8AA, United Kingdom, email:
6) AZTI, Herrera Kaia. Portualdea zig, 20110 Pasaia (Gipuzkoa) Spain, email:
7) National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, Kemitorvet Bygning 202 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, email:
8) Institute of Marine Research, PObox 1870 Nordnes, NO-5817, Bergen, Norway, email:

Please contact the session organizer Samer Angelone directly if you wish to register (

I seek to challenge, inspire and train scientists to use narrative techniques and strategies employed in film to produce persuasive presentations and publications. Borrowing communication strategies and techniques from filmmakers and applying them in science communication will help scientists for better communication of their research, and scientists are wise enough to do so!
In this workshop participants re-write their biographies, abstracts and presentations by using narrative and cinematographic attributes used by filmmakers.

Samer Angelone, Swiss Science Film Academy, Imfeldstrasse 25, 8037 Zurich,

The Arctic is one of the most rapidly changing environments on the planet. Amplified warming and increasing accessibility change ecosystem processes and accelerate industrial activity in the cold-adapted systems. These changes are projected to have profound impacts on biodiversity in the Arctic oceans, along coastlines and on northern lands. Motivated by the IPBES Nature Futures Framework for developing desirable futures ( and ongoing research in the EU CHARTER (terrestrial), FACE-IT (coastal) and ECOTIP (marine) projects, this workshop invites participants to consider the following questions: How can we develop desirable futures for the Arctic? What has been done? What has been missed? Where do we need to go next? We invite scientists, practitioners, Indigenous right- and stakeholders, policy makers and people from all backgrounds with an interest in the topic to share their knowledge and think about biodiversity in the Arctic of the future. We also encourage early career participation. We will start the workshop by introducing the Nature Futures Framework and presentation of case studies from the EU projects, covering the terrestrial, coastal and marine realms. We will then be joined by an industry-expert on Design Thinking who will facilitate the generation of pathways towards desirable futures for the Arctic. We intend to synthesize the outcomes of the workshop in a short opinion piece. Interested? Please send a brief message expressing your motivation to workshop coordinator Jakob Assmann ( – We are looking forward to hearing from you! Participant numbers are limited.

Jakob J. Assmann, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich,

Gabriela, Schaepman-Strub, University of Zurich,

No sign-up necessary – all are welcome! Please bring a laptop.

A researcher is a professional writer, but many researchers find the writing process daunting, especially when writing in English as a foreign language. However, the right text structure is much more important for creating a great research paper than perfect language! This half-day workshop will boost your writing skills by demonstrating a range of techniques and tricks to ensure your paper emphasises key messages and highlights the importance of your work. We will start by taking a different look at the traditional sections of a research paper and learning how a reader processes information. We will then build on this fundamental understanding to ensure your text structure provides key information to the reader in the right place. We learn how to use story structures and story-telling techniques to create a logical flow of information throughout the paper. Throughout the workshop, short exercises will show you how to apply these techniques and write a strong and convincing paper about your research.

Emma J Sayer, Institute of Botany, Ulm University, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm,

Irrespective of profession, our work is intertwined with the web of all living things. Yet we often find ourselves working in isolation, in-silo.
Drawing inspiration from Nature, we know that diverse ecosystems foster more adaptable and resilient networks.
Biodiversity+ Design is a ground-breaking method of creating, that unites experts across disciplines, spanning arts to science.
It provides a collaborative methodology to cultivate solutions that contribute positively to biodiversity.
This Open Source toolkit has been crafted and continues to be iterated by designers from Harvard, IBM, OCAD U, Microsoft, RISD, Parsons and more, in support of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
Join us for an introduction to the toolkit, followed by an action-focused workshop. After outlining the principles of Biodiversity+ Design, we present intriguing case studies to illustrate how the toolkit is being deployed. Learn about novel collaborations, how early researchers can use the toolkit to showcase their work for grants, and how advanced designers are using it to bring biodiversity into their fields of work.
Attendees are invited to offer feedback and opinions, to help co-create the next version.

Carly Williams, TEALEAVES,
Garret Chan,

Confirmed speakers
Albert Shum, Former CVP of Design, Microsoft
Lana Sutherland, CEO, TEALEAVES
Nathalie Attallah, Harvard Graduate School of Design

This workshop aims to present the results of the proof-of-concept phase (presented by four countries and one transboundary landscape pilot championing this research initiative) and explore next steps for the Multidimensional Biodiversity Index (MBI) led by UNEP-WCMC. This planned workshop will both build and reflect on previous workshops which helped define the MBI framework.

The MBI aims to monitor the status of biodiversity and its contributions to people in a way that is politically relevant, scientifically rigorous, actionable, easily communicable and that connects biodiversity actions to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The index incorporates ecological and socio-economic perspectives on biodiversity to support policy decisions and ensure that ecological integrity, human wellbeing, and sustainable development priorities are considered. The conceptual framework of the MBI has been published and is being piloted in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America through an inclusive, co-designed process, involving decision-makers, experts, and relevant stakeholders. The spectrum of pilots tests the utility of the MBI in national and global biodiversity reporting settings. The current policy momentum presents a critical opportunity for countries to decide how to monitor and report on the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and SDGs. The MBI is designed to align with these, thus capitalizing on the potential of both frameworks for transformative change.

This workshop will:

  • Provide valuable experiences and lessons learned from the ongoing projects in the five pilot regions, highlighting the utility and applicability of the MBI in different national and global biodiversity reporting settings.
  • Engage stakeholders in discussions on how the MBI can be upscaled to support policies, streamline reporting and leverage uptake.

By bringing together a diverse range of perspectives and expertise, this workshop aims to catalyze dialogue and cooperation towards an integrated approach to biodiversity monitoring and policy development.

Confirmed speakers
Andrea Baquero, Ana Rodrigues – UNEP-WCMC

Andrea Baquero, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 219 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DL, United Kingdom,
Ana Rodrigues, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre,
Neil Burgess, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre,