BEES Newsletter - Summer 2017 edition

▶ 1 | 1 | Invitation for the BEES Young Scientists Day on 27th of October 2017 in Ghent ▶ 2 | “CriNglooP 2017” event on 5th of October 2017 at ILVO ▶ 3 | 6th Belgian Agroecology Meeting – 2017 ▶ 4 | Put yourself on the BEES map ▶ 5 | Save the Date : BEES Xmas Market on 12th of December 2017 in Namur ▶ 6 | BEES international work and representation ▶ 7 | UHasselt seeks a doctor-assistant environmental economics ▶ 8 | "3 Question to" Fanny Boeraeve, PHD Student at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech



BEES Newsletter - Summer 2017 edition


1 | Invitation for the BEES Young Scientists Day on 27th of October 2017 in Ghent
2 | “CriNglooP 2017” event on 5th of October 2017 at ILVO
3 | 6th Belgian Agroecology Meeting – 2017
4 | Put yourself on the BEES map
5 | Save the Date : BEES Xmas Market on 12th of December 2017 in Namur
6 | BEES international work and representation
7 | UHasselt seeks a doctor-assistant environmental economics
8 | "3 Question to" Fanny Boeraeve, PHD Student at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
1 | Invitation for the BEES Young Scientists Day on 27th of October 2017 in Ghent
After last year's successful first edition, BEES organizes a second Young Scientist's Day, to which you are kindly invited! It's FREE, but places are LIMITED: apply HERE

Who can apply?
PhD students, young postdocs, people active in novel projects in the broad theme of ecosystems & society,... who want to extend the scope beyond strictly specialized or fundamental research, and are interested in exploring the crossroads of ecology, economy, governance and sustainability.

What will happen? 
An informal, interactive afternoon focused on developing interdisciplinary cooperation and exploring transdisciplinary opportunities. We start with a lunch, share our experiences with short inspiring presentations, and have an interactive session, all while enjoying the magnificent 180° view on Ghent City from the 21th floor. And yes, off course, we'll go for an after-work drink :-) 

Wait...but why?
First, exchange with peers is essential for research quality and network building. 
Second, learning to link projects with stakeholders and policy makers in early phases is highly beneficial for impact of your research.
Third, ... well it's just fun to meet new people working on similar topics, outside of your office. 

So, go ahead and apply HERE
Submit your 300 word motivation by September 15th.  
We welcome contributions on nature and society interactions, ecosystem services, natural capital, trade-offs, conflicts and solutions in spatial planning and broad related issues from all disciplines and projects. Submission is fast and straightforward, as will selection be!

When ? October 27th 2017, from 12:00 to 16:00
Where ? VAC Virginie Loveling - Ghent 
Please contact Sander Jacobs, BEES Coordinator, for more information.
2 | “CriNglooP 2017” event on 5th of October 2017 at ILVO

On the 5th of October 2017 the ILVO (Instituut voor Landbouw-, Visserij- en Voedingsonderzoek) team presents their research on soil management and quality, fertilizer use efficiency, growing media, crop production systems, …

The focus of this “CriNglooP 2017” event is explicitly on the link of this research and related agricultural practices with climate and ecosystem services. The organisors question how relevant soil and nutrient research is for climate and ecosystem service delivery. 

You are cordially invited! More information and the registration form are to be found here

3 | 6th Belgian Agroecology Meeting – 2017

GIRAF, the University of Liège,
the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W) and
the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

are pleased to invite you to the 6th Belgian Agroecology Meeting entitled

From diversity of species to diversity of players

on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 9:00 am to 17.30 pm
at the Senghor Auditorium of the Faculty of Gembloux.

This conference will highlight the great role played by diversity all along the conception and application of agroecology.

Four topics are addressed :
1. Species association and biodiversity linked to agroecology and/or agroforestry
2. Food systems
3. Teaching agroecology – Workshop
4. (How) can the Ecosystem Services framework foster agroecological transitions ? – Workshop

Program, abstract submission, venue and more information available here.
Contact :

4 | Put yourself on the BEES map
The Belgian Community of Practice on ecosystem services unites researchers, policy makers and practitioners to learn from each other. Many of us are active in local cases, practically, policy-wise or performing research. To stimulate exchange and mutual learning, one of BEES member suggestions was to create a map with all case studies on ecosystem services or related issues in Belgium. And well, here it is!

You can add your cases through here. Just takes a minute!

Please don’t hesitate to contact the BEES secretariat for any questions or suggestions!
5 | Save the Date : BEES Xmas Market on 12th of December in Namur

Next BEES Xmas Market will take place in Namur on 12th December 2017. Registrations will open after summer.

BEES organises an annual event : the BEES Xmas Market.

The BEES Xmas market brings together people from academia, public administration and civil society, from Belgium and abroad, with one common interest: ecosystem services. The BEES market is the perfect spot to exchange ideas, learn from other experiences and discover how ecosystem services are transformed into real products or daily life applications.

The concept? A cozy afternoon in a friendly Xmas market-like atmosphere: the perfect event to wrap up the year in a useful and fun way! You can choose to have a stand, give a training session or just to enjoy the market.

Have a look at the video of :

And pictures of last year's 2016 edition.

Please contact the BEES Secretariat for more information.

6 | UHasselt seeks a doctor-assistant environmental economics

UHasselt currently have a Dr assistant position (3 years) on environmental economics in our group at Hasselt University.

The vacancy is on environmental economics in general, but the research group has a specific pillar on ecosystem services and valuation, and candidates from this field are appreciated.

Full vacancy details are to be found here.
More information about the research group environmental economics here.

7 | BEES international work and representation

The BEES community links Belgian experts on ecosystems & society. But linking our work to international networks and projects is also an important task. The BEES international working group is actively present at the meetings of the EU working group on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services (MAES), and discusses agenda topics and questions beforehand.

Also, together with the IPBES national focal point, the working group organized several meetings to connect the Belgian authors, experts and policy representatives in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Since recently, BEES represents the Belgian stakeholders in the ESMERALDA EU-research project on ecosystem service mapping and assessment.

Want to know more or be involved in the BEES-international working group? Let us know and we'll put you in the loop!

8 | "3 Questions to" Fanny Boeraeve, PHD Student at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

Fanny Boeraeve joined the BEES network in 2013, while she was a student, just starting to work on ecosystem services in the context of an internship. Today, she is achieving a PhD thesis in Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech on the topic of ecosystem services and agriculture. She is also involved as a Young Fellow in IPBES European and central Asian Assessment.

“How are you involved in BEES?”
I have been involved in BEES since the very first day I started working on ecosystem services. I was doing an internship in Wageningen University (NL) on the European project ‘Mapping and Assessing Ecosystem Services in Europe’ and I asked to specifically work on the Belgian case… that’s how I was put in touch with the BEES team.
Since then, I have been involved in several working groups: the MAES WG, the value WG, the agriculture WG, etc. I have also been involved in the implementation of the first BEES Christmas market and several other events. Today, being in the ‘torments’ of my PhD, I have stepped back a little. But this is only temporary; I look forward to engage again!

“What has BEES brought to you?”
Well, first of all, BEES gave me a job! Well, indirectly, but through networking. After one of the BEES meeting I attended during my internship, I met professor Marc Dufrêne working on ecosystem services and agroecology, the exact two topics I was dreaming to find a job in! A couple of months and e-mails later, he confirmed he could hire me for one year, then another six months, and finally we found a grant to finance a 4 years PhD!
Overall, for me, the networking has been the most beneficial part of being a BEES member. But not only for the professional network, also for the fun and friends’ network! The BEES community is a core of great people.

“What are the challenges you face in your research?”
My research is interdisciplinary and this brings a lot of challenges. These are of two kinds: methodological and institutional. For the methodology, the challenge is find methods and indicators which are sound and scientifically correct, while still giving a holistic view on the system (not talking about the time, resource and technical constraints). The institutional challenge relates to the collaboration with other expertise. Even within a same institution, competition is high and collaboration is not always easy. I think, this a drift of academic standards of fast accumulation of personal publications, which in my sense is incompatible with interdisciplinary science… A good debate to launch within the BEES community maybe?
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