The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is a team of members based in federal and regional research institutes:

 

Dr Aline VAN DER WERF
Manager
Office in BELSPO
aline.vanderwerf(a)belspo.be
02.238.36.71.

Molecular biologist. Manager of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and Programme Manager at the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Aline is responsible for launching, implementing and following-up biodiversity and ecosystem related research initiatives.

 
 

Dr Hilde EGGERMONT
Scientific Coordinator
Office in RBINS
h.eggermont(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.34.95.

Freshwater biologist. Hilde is the Scientific Coordinator of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. Hilde coordinates the national focal point activities for IPBES, IUCN and is Vice-Chair of the BiodivERsA ERA-net. Her interests include research programming and promotion, science-policy interfacing, and biodiversity conservation. See Hilde's Linkedin profile for more information.

 
 

Angélique BERHAULT
Communication Coordinator
Office in RBINS
a.berhault(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.36.12.

Angélique is responsible for the communication of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. She has a particular interest in the specificities involved in science-policy interface communication and in using graphic design to convey complex messages in a visual and simple manner.

 

Dimitri BROSENS
Biodiversity Data Acquisition Manager           
Office in INBO
d.brosens(a)biodiversity.be   04.97.35.47.96.

Biologist working in biodiversity informatics, ecosystem services, metadata issues, research analysis, data acquisition, and data standardisation. Dimitri is mostly involved in data mobilisation and publication. Dimitri has a particular interest in biodiversity informatics, ecosystem services, invasive species, palaeontology, archeozoology, and terrestrial biodiversity.

 

 

Julien CIGAR
System Administrator
Office in BELSPO
j.cigar(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.37.95.

 

IT specialist. Julien is the Belgian Biodiversity Platform system administrator. He has particular interest in databases, Python and the FreeBSD operating system.  

 
 

Maxime COUPREMANNE
Data Acquisition Manager
Office in DEMNA
m.coupremanne(a)biodiversity.be
04.79.86.50.82.

Biologist working involved in data mobilisation and standardisation. Maxime is mostly involved in the collection, structuration and publication of Walloon biodiversity data. Maxime has a particular interest in biodiversity informatics, species distribution modelisation, invasive species, and marine biodiversity.

 
 

Lise GOUDESEUNE
Science Policy Officer
Office in RBINS
l.goudeseune(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.34.95.

Environmental scientist with previous experience in research and EU project management. Lise is currently involved in the activities of BiodivERsA and EKLIPSE projects. Her topics of interest are: biodiversity, entomology, ecosystem services, science-policy interface, human-nature interactions, environmental conflicts, cartography.

 

Ir André HEUGHEBAERT
IT Team Manager
Office in BELSPO
a.heughebaert(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.37.96.

IT engineer and expert on Environment Management, André manages the IT team and coordinates data management and web based solutions. André is the Belgian Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Node manager. He has a particular interest in Open Science Data and Data Quality Tools.

 

Pierre HUYBRECHTS
Communication Officer
Office in RBINS
p.huybrechts(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.34.98.

Communication officer, Pierre is involved in communication activities of the BEES and Biodiversity & Health Community of Practice. He also provides communication support to EKLIPSE, BiodivERsA and TrIAS. Pierre has a particular interest in science-policy interface and scientific communication.

 

Dr Hans KEUNE                    
Biodiversity Expert
Office in INBO
h.keune(a)biodiversity.be      
02.525.03.30. 

Political scientist. Hans' expertise is related to environment and health, risk, knowledge, social-ecological complexity, inter and transdisciplinarity, action research, group assessment and decision support method. Hans coordinates our Biodiversity & Health Community of Practice. 

 
 

Dr Sander JACOBS  
Science-Policy Officer
Office in INBO
s.jacobs(a)biodiversity.be    
04.96.15.66.73

Ecologist and ecological economist. Sander is the coordinator of the BEES Community of Practice. He has a particular interest in research on nature's values and their trade-offs and application of integrated valuation methods in concrete problem-solving contexts.

 

Nicolas NOE
IT Expert
Office in BELSPO
n.noe(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.37.94.

IT specialist. Nicolas is involved in the implementation of several web applications and biodiversity data portals. Nicolas has a particular interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and capacity building activities.

 

Dr Sonia VANDERHOEVEN
Biodiversity Expert
Office in DEMNA
s.vanderhoeven(a)biodiversity.be
081.620.438.

Plant biologist specialised in biological invasions, Sonia is the coordinator of the Belgian Forum on Invasive Species (IAS) which integrates scientific information on presence, distribution, ecology, adverse impacts and management of IAS. She is also involved in several IAS science-policy interfaces at the regional, national, and EU levels. 

 
 

Jorge L. VENTOCILLA
Biodiversity Expert
Office in RBINS
j.ventocilla(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.34.95.

Political & Environmental hybrid scientist. From early on, Jorge became aware of the need for policy makers who could understand the language of scientists and scientists who could speak the language of policy makers. Since then the focus of his studies and work has been around science-policy interface, governance, and stakeholder engagement. Jorge is involved in the EKLIPSE project. His interests include biomimicry and sustainable development. For more information visit Jorge's Linkedin profile.