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May 13th-17th, 2024: "BioClimSocial project for fostering applied research focussing on biodiversity and climate - Peer exchange workshop"

Organiser: Center for Development Research University of Bonn (ZEF), Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Head: Irina Kozban (BfN), Jun.-Prof. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (ZEF), Vanessa Haines-Matos (ZEF)

This transdisciplinary workshop was held in the framework of the BfN-ZEF BioClimSocial project. It brought together NbS experts from a diverse set of cultural, regional and scientific sectors to deliberate on the role of the "social dimension" in delivering meaningful and effective nature-based solutions (NbS), with a focus on addressing the biodiversity and climate crisis synergistically.

March 25th - 26th, 2024: Sara Velander participated in the ECPR joint sessions of workshops at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, where she presented her paper exploring the network of collaboration among SPIs in the context of environmental sustainability as a part of the workshop on “the rise of epistemic politics”.  More information: Joint Sessions of Workshops, Leuphana University 

February 05th - 09th, 2024: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger joined the 3rd author meeting of the IPBES  Nexus Assessment in Kathmandu, Nepal. The assessment examines the interlinkages among the sustainable development goals related to food and water security, health for all, protecting biodiversity and combating climate change. More information: Nexus Assessment




November 15th, 2023; 16:00-18:00 CET: ''Debating the role of science in UN policy processes'', hybrid event jointly organized by the project team LANUSYNCON (At the Science Policy Interface: LANd Use SYNergies and CONflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda) at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Staff Unit for the Bonn Research Alliance (BORA), University of Bonn. More information: Debating the role of science in UN policz processes

October 23rd - 27th, 2023: Doctoral student Sara Velander participated in the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance, where she presented the paper "The role of institutional design and power relations in knowledge co-productions for sustainability transformations: Evidence from the UNCCD Policy Interface (Velander, Sara and De Donà, Matteo, 2023)". More information: 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance

October 9th - 11th, 2023: Doctoral student Maureen Nabatanzi attended the ”Zoonoses 2023 - International Symposium on Zoonoses Research" in Berlin. More information: International Symposium on Zoonoses Research

October 8th, 2023: Jun- Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger was invited to this year's LCOY - Young Climate Conference 2023 (6th-8th October, 2023) as a panelist on the panel "Climate vs. Nature Conservation - Conflicts of Objectives and Synergies", 11:00AM.  Together with Stefan Tidow (State Secretary) and Jörg-Andreas Krüger (NABU President), she spoke about conflicts and synergies between nature conservation and the mitigation of climate change. More information: LCOY Germany 2023

September 9th,2023: Doctoral student Sara Velander attended the 16th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations, where she gave the presentation "Science-Policy Interfaces Coping with the Complexity of Environmental Sustainability: Exploring a Network of Institutional Collaboration" during the session Globalisation, Knowledge Production and Scientific Cooperation. More information:  https://pec2023.eisa-net.org/

September 4th -8th, 2023: Doctoral student Nady Mahmoud and Hannah Nyakio Kamau attended the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. More information: https://africaclimatesummit.org/

July 22nd-27th, 2023: Fatima Ali participated in the 31st International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2023), Kigali, Rwanda. She gave a presentation titled "Sociocultural valuation of ecosystem services of Okalma reserved forest, Sudan". More information: ICCB 2023

June 17th - 25th, 2023:  Qambemeda Masala Nyanghura and Sara Velander joined fellow doctoral students and faculty members from ZEF, and students from the University of Tokyo on a research trip to Japan focusing on saving seagrass beds and promoting sustainable fishing. You can read more about their time in Japan in their ZEF blog entries.

June 13th -18th, 2023: Philipo Jacob participated in the ​6th International EcoSummit Congress - 'EcoSummit 2023 - Building a sustainable and desirable future: Adapting to a changing land and sea-scape' (Gold Coast, Australia). He gave a presentation titled "Roads and the Future of Tanzania's Roads". More information: EcoSummit Congress

May 24th, 2023: Jun-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger will give a lecture on sustainable development, biodiversity and land use, looking at how biodiversity and human development are connected on Dies Academicus at the University of Bonn. The lecture will be held in German. No prior registration required. 09:15-10:00 CET, Hörsaal VIII (Hauptgebäude). More information: Dies Academicus Programme

May 21st, 2023:  #More than Weeds: Explore the plants in your city, organised by Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change - Project FörTax and the Biodiversity Network Bonn; Contact persons: Dr. Nicole Nöske (LIB; N.Noeske@leibniz-lib.de) and Jun-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (ZEF; lfreuden@uni-bonn.de). With the Bonn "More than Weeds” tours we would like to draw attention to the hidden and spectacular diversity of plants in our city, which unfortunately is often unpopular.  We offered three short tours (one also in English) during the Biodiversity Day in the Botanic Gardens Bonn to familiarize participants with the plant documentation method for more plant awareness. Together, we took a closer look at the urban diversity of plants in the streets around the botanic garden and explore what grows in the cracks in the pavement and wall joints. Photos were shared on our social media channels under the hashtag #Morethanweeds. This is how we document the plant rebels in our city and make them known. The FörTax project and the Bonn biodiversity network are jointly supporting the 2023 “More than Weeds” campaign week launched by Senckenberg, the University of Freiburg and Flora Incognita. More information: https://www.senckenberg.de/de/krautschau/ 

May 11th, 2023: Jun-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger on "Diversification of production systems for risk adaptation" for the ARTS lecture series on "Agriculture in Times of Uncertainty and Risk". 17:00 - 18:00 CEST. More information: ARTS Seminar Series on Agriculture in Times of Uncertainty and Risk

March 20th-24th, 2023: Jun-Prof.Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger joined the 2nd Authors Meeting of the IPBES Nexus Assessment at the Krueger Natioanl Park in South Africa.

March 9th, 2023: LANUSYNCON hosted a writing retreat for the project's team members and affiliated students to identify potential areas of collaboration amongst the team and with stakeholders, as well as prospective research projects. 


December 14th, 2022: Jun-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger gave a presentation titled "Klimawandel, Landnutzung und Biodiversität" at the University of Bonn as part of the lecture series Aspekte der Erderwärmung. More information: https://www.uni-bonn.de/de/neues/217-2022

November 6th -18th, 2022: Doctoral students Nady Mahmoud, Sara Velander and Niklas Wagner attended the UN COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh

November 1st-10th, 2022: Berlin Science Week took place from 1-10 November. The programme offered events on current research and innovation in science ranging from topics such as Health & Well-being, Discovering Earth & Space, Societal Trends & Transformations, Art & Science. You can find the full programme and more information here: Berlin Science Week

November 4th, 2022: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger joined the online lecture series on climate at the Technische Universität Dortmund. In the lecture ,,Klimawandel und Biodiversitätsverlust - Zwei Seiten der gleichen Krise'', Jun-Prof.Dr. Biber-Freudenberger explained the linkages between climate change and biodiversity loss. More information can be found here.

November 4th, 2022: "The Future Lies in Africa" - MFM Future At Work, University of Bonn I Jun.-Prof. Dr.Lisa Biber-Freudenberger, Vincent Moseti, Dr. Juliet Wanjiku Kamau, Dr. Gabin Kouévi Ananou, Prof.Dr. Detlef Müller-Mahn. 11.30 AM - 01.00 PM CEST 

The session is part of the Berlin Science Week and presented highlights from joint research projects in colloboration between the University of Bonn and African partners, addressing the following questions: How do African futures become accesible in collaborative scientific research?; What characterizes the possibilities and probabilities of African futures? What can we learn from African experiences in regards to future-making practices? 

October 19th, 2022: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger joined the lecture series "Aspekte der Erderwarmung" as a speaker for the opening lecture "Die schlechte und die gute Nachricht: Klimakrise, ökologischer Zusammenbruch und was ich dagegen tun kann" given by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Froitzheim. The event is organized by the University of Bonn and Students for Future Bonn. More information here and the entire programme can be found here.

September 27th, 2022:  Jun.- Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger attended Crop Trust's Crop Diversity Day event on the topic of "Food Security and Crop Diversity: Actionable Solutions for a Healthy World" in Bonn, Germany as a key speaker. You can find more information here: Crop Diversity Day 2022  

September 8th-9th, 2022: LANUSYNCON attended the networking conference „Nachwuchsgruppen - Karrierenetzwerke für eine sozial-ökologische Zukunft“.

August 29th - September 2nd, 2022: Junior researcher Mahmoud Nady  attended and participated in the UNFCCC Africa Climate Week in Gabon (29 Aug - 02 Sep), where he organised a side event , together with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa) on the topic of "Transformative climate adaptation, land use, and human health in Africa, a NEXUS approach". More information here:  https://unfccc.int/ACW2022

August 22nd-26th, 2022: Doctoral researchers' Sara Velander and Niklas Wagner will be attending the ECPR general conference in Innsbruck, Austria from August 22-26, where they will be chairing and presenting at a panel on “Bridging Knowledge and Governance through Institutionalized Science-Policy Interfaces” with other distinguished academic speakers in political sciences and environmental policy. More information: https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/PanelDetails/11772

July 26th, 2022: LANUSYNCON welcomed Bachelor students from the University of Bayreuth's Bachelor program "Geographien internationaler Entwicklung, Fokus Afrika" for a discussion on Gender in Academia. Jun.- Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger introduced ZEF and doctoral researcher Hannah Kamau presented findings from recent LANUSYNCON publications on gender:

(1) Hannah N. Kamau, Uyen Tran & Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (2022) A long way to go: gender and diversity in land use science
(2) Sara Velander, Fernanda Silva Martinelli, Dewi Idam Sari, Fatima Ali & Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (2022) A dichotomy of domestic and academic pathways: challenges of motherhood in an international doctoral program on land science

July 2nd, 2022:  LANUSYNCON attended the #IPBES9 Stakeholder Day. More Information: https://ipbes.net/ipbes-9/stakeholderday

June 6th - 17th, 2022: LANUSYNCON doctoral students attended the Bonn Climate Change Conference. More information: https://unfccc.int/SB56

June 8th - 10th, 2022: Doctoral researcher Paula Oddone Souza presented at the 8th Conference of the World Ecology Research Network  2022 in Bonn on the topic “How the Implementation of UNESCO Global Geoparks in Brazil Could Be Supported by the Country Climate Policies”. More information: https://worldecologyconferencesblog.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/bonn-2022-program.pdf

June 1st - 2nd, 2022: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger attended the national IPBES forum. More information: https://www.de-ipbes.de/de/9-Nationales-IPBES-Forum-1-2-Juni-2022-2150.html

May 23th -27th,  2022: Doctoral researcher Mahmoud Nady Abdelsabour Mohamed and Philipo Jacob attended the Living Planet Symposium 2022. More information: https://lps22.esa.int/frontend/index.php  

May 16th - 20th, 2022: Jun.-Prof.Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger attended the first author meeting for the IPBES nexus assessment. More information: https://ipbes.net/events/first-author-meeting-nexus-assessment

May 11th -13th, 2022: Doctoral researcher Niklas Wagner attended and presented a pitch at the ICLEI  World Congress 2022 in Malmö, Sweden on the topic "Knowledge or Change Maker?: The role of ICLEI brdiging the gap between Science and Policy". More information: https://worldcongress.iclei.org/iclei-world-congress-21-22/

May 9th - 20th, 2022: Doctoral researcher Sara Velander attended UNCCD COP15 (May 9-20) on "Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity" in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and presented at a side event on the topic "Managing Science-Policy Practice, Interfaces in the context of Land, Life, & Climate Change Legacy: Examples from Africa". More information: https://www.unccd.int/cop15

May 12th- 13th, 2022: LANUSYNCON attended the Bonn Wissenschaftsnacht. At our stand, visitors could take part in a short quiz and test their knowledge on the global ecological footprint.  More information: https://www.uni-bonn.de/de/universitaet/unileben/veranstaltungen/wissenschaftsnacht/zelt-16-wissenschaftsnacht-2022

March 28th - 31st, 2022: Doctoral researcher Mahmoud Nady Abdelsabour Mohamed attended the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) 2022. More information: https://unfccc.int/MENA-CW2022 


December 13th-17th 2021: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger gave a presentation at ICCB 2021 titled "Synergies and Conflicts between Biodiversity Conservation and Human Development" at the ICCB 2021. More information: https://conbio.org/mini-sites/iccb-2021/

Doctoral researcher Fatma Salaheldin Ali gave a presentation at ICCB 2021 titled "Forests Ecosystem Services Valuations in Africa: A systematic literature review" . More information: https://conbio.org/mini-sites/iccb-2021/

Doctoral researcher Hannah Nyakio Kamau gave a presentation at ICCB 2021 titled "A road to nowhere? The case of transport infrastructure in the Sankuru's tropical forests." More information: https://conbio.org/mini-sites/iccb-2021/

September 7th, 2021: Lanusyncon Workshop

August, 24th, 2021: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger gave a presentation on the topic of "At the Science Policy Interfaces: Land Use, Synergies, and Conflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda" at Listen to Science made in Bonn, organised by the City of Bonn and Bonn Alliance.

June, 3rd-30th 2021: Sara Velander and Niklas Wagner presented a poster about “Science Policy Interfaces (SPIs) in the Sustainable Development Context:​ How effective are SPIs in addressing complex problems?​” at IPBES8 Stakeholder Days

April 29th, 2021: Monthly Discussion on Decisions Analysis, a joint meeting with Institute of Horticultural Sciences at the University of Bonn
Zoe Heuschkel: How we can calibrate experts for providing values for decision models?
Philipo Jacob: Synergy and trade-off between biodiversity, livelihood and road development

April 6th - 9th, 2021: Thomas Dietz, political scientist and member of the LANUSYNCON academic advisory board participated in International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2021on Globalization, Regionalism and Nationalism: Contending Forces in World Politics. He gave presentation on the topics: 

March 25th, 2021: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger presented at ZEF Colloquium on the topic "At the Science Policy Interface: LANd Use SYNergies and CONflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda (LANUSYNCON)". See the presentation here

February 24th, 2021: Jun.-Prof.Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger presented at Digitainable Forum: Mindful use of Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (D&AI) for the SDGs on the topic of Synergies and Conflicts between SDGs: The Chances and Risks of Digitalization, AI, and Big Data for Sustainable Land Use.



November 26th-27th, 2020:  Kick Off Event "At the Science Policy Interface: LANd Use SYNergies and CONflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda"

October 29th, 2020: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger participated in a "Workshop Place-based Socio-ecological Research in Times of Covid-19" and presented her experiences in adapting place-based research under new constraints of the pandemic.

October 22th, 2020: Public Lecture by Ben ten Brink on "Changes in biodiversity from 3000 BC up to the year 2050: From global to local, and from crisis to challenge"

October 12th, 2020: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger participated in a Workshop on “North-South Research Partnerships and Power Structures". The workshop discussed perspectives on North-South research partnerships and power relations and took a critical look at the implementation of partnerships in DFG funded projects.

September 30th, 2020: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger participated in a digital expert roundtable to exchange views on a methodological tool prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), in collaboration with the Bio-based Industry Consortium (BIC), for measuring the contribution of bio-based projects to the SDGs.

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