Team

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, climate and ecosystem related research initiatives.

 
 

Dr Hilde EGGERMONT
Strategic Coordinator
Office in RBINS / BELSPO
h.eggermont(a)biodiversity.be
02.627.44.94 / 0473.61.36.75

Hilde Eggermont is freshwater biologist (PhD, 2004) and the Strategic Coordinator of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform since 2012. Her day-to-day activities focus largely on European and global biodiversity initiatives. She is the Chair and Coordinator of the European Biodiversity Partnership (Biodiversa+), IPBES focal point for Belgium and alternate Bureau Member for IPBES (WEOG Region). Other duties include her role as IUCN Councillor (2016-recent), and Director of WCMC Europe since 2019. Her main expertise is focusing on nature conservation, science-based policy support, biodiversity research programming, science communication and outreach. See Hilde's Linkedin profile for more information.

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Divija JATAVALLABHULA
Operational and Communication Coordinator
Office in RBINS
d.jata(a)biodiversity.be
02.627.43.35

DJ is responsible for the communication and the everyday operational coordination of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. DJ is currently the contact for the IUCN Belgian National Focal Point. She has a particular interest in developing science policy content in the field of biodiversity and organising events involving the interface between science and policy. Her fields of interest include terrestrial ecology, invasive alien species, conservation and climate change.  

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Coralie VERHAEGEN
Communication Officer
Office in RBINS
c.verhaegen(a)biodiversity.be

Coralie is a science communicator with a background in marine sciences. She is responsible for the internal and external communication of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. Coralie manages the Platform’s online presence and oversees the production of written materials. She is interested in translating complex concepts to diverse audiences, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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

Lise has a MA in Archaeology & Art History and a MS in Environmental Sciences and has been working for the BBPF since 2016. Most of her time is dedicated to Biodiversa+ and the IPBES NFP. She has a particular interest in topics related to human-nature interactions, biodiversity and nature conservation, environmental conflicts, science-policy interface, but also scientific communication and data management.

 

Ir André HEUGHEBAERT
IT Coordinator & GBIF HoD
Office in BELSPO
a.heughebaert(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.37.96
Orcid: 0000-0002-7839-5300

Senior Software engineer and expert in Biodiversity Informatics, André manages the Platform's IT team. He coordinates data management, websites and web based services. André is our representative to Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Governing Board taking part in the global-level decision making. He has a particular interest in Biodiversity Data Exchange Standards, Data Visualisation, Cleaning and Publication Tools.

 

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.  

 
 

François MALHERBE
Developer
Office in BELSPO
f.malherbe(a)biodiversity.be
02.238.36.65

François is part of the platform's IT team. He has helped update our data portal (https://data.biodiversity.be) and is working on the database export of the Belgian Gracillariidae database to enrich the Catalogue of Life collection. He has particular interest in the open source, inclusive social projects and zero waste. obj 5681
 

Dimitri BROSENS
GBIF Node Manager Belgium           
Office in INBO
d.brosens(a)biodiversity.be   04.97.35.47.96
Orcid: 0000-0002-0846-9116

Dimitri is a biologist interested in biodiversity informatics and is the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) node manager for Belgium, he animates the network and is actively involved in data mobilisation and publication in Belgium. Dimitri has a particular interest in data standardisation, Darwin Core, invasive species, palaeontology, terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity. He advocates Open Science in the Research cycle and looks for practical usage of open data. He loves to chat with scientists and helps them to publish their data. His ultimate goal is to get Belgium on the global map of biodiversity. Dimitri has is office in the Research Institute for Nature and Forest.

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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 and One Health Community of Practice. 

 
 

Dr Sander JACOBS  
Associated Officer
Office in INBO
s.jacobs(a)biodiversity.be    
0496.15.66.73

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.

 

Anna HECK
Science-Policy Officer
Office in INBO
a.heck(a)biodiversity.be
0474.39.19.05

Anna has a MS in Environmental Science and Management and a MA in Comparative Literature. At the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, she works mainly on the topic of Ecosystems and Society and monitors the EU Biodiversity Policy landscape. She is particularly interested in the science-policy interface, nature and society interactions, nature’s values and ecosystem services and science communication.   obj 5682

 

Dr Sonia VANDERHOEVEN
Science Officer
Office in DEMNA
s.vanderhoeven(a)biodiversity.be
081.620.438

Sonia is plant biologist specialised in biological invasions. She has been working in the fields of evolutionary ecology, societal perception of environmental issues and the development of decision support tools. Sonia is particularly interested in evidence-based decision making processes and biodiversity knowledge creation. She applies these principles to the case of biological invasions, facilitating the science, policy and practice interface at international, European, Belgian and regional scales. 

 

 

Maxime COUPREMANNE
Data Liaison Officer
Office in DEMNA
m.coupremanne(a)biodiversity.be
04.79.86.50.82
Orcid: 0000-0002-9052-9500

Maxime is a biologist involved in the mobilization of biodiversity data on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) portal. Based at the Départment d'Etude du Milieu Naturel et Agricole (SPW-DEMNA), he advocates the use of Open Data in Wallonia and support anyhow is willing to join the open side of the science. His  particular interests are biodiversity informatics, data management, marine life, invasive species, species distribution models and Open Science.

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