Panel debate

Panel debate

 

“The importance of ecological science in society “– Or: How can ecology and ecologists make a difference?


The panel participants are all centrally placed in the science-policy interface, and they are all making important contributions to the challenge of bridging the gap between environmental science and societal development locally and globally. They do this in different ways and roles, however, and from very different standing points and backgrounds, which should make for interesting perspectives and exchange of ideas.

Lars Haltbrekken

Lars Haltbrekken

Lars Haltbrekken is a politician who since 2016 has represented Sosialistisk Venstreparti (Socialist Left Party) in the Norwegian Parliament. Prior to this, he was a highly profiled leaser of Norway’s major nature conservation society, Norges Naturvernforbund (Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature), from 2005 to 2016. He is active in the public debate, often in the interface between nature and biodiversity conservation, agriculture and land-use, and societal interests and values more generally.

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Lars Haltbrekken

Aveliina Helm

Aveliina Helm

Aveliina Helm is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tartu. She is a plant ecologist with broad interests in biodiversity and macroecology, and her research aims to disentangle the effects of habitat loss, historical and current spatial habitat structure and human influence on different aspects of biodiversity. In particular, she has contributed to our understanding of the temporal dynamics of biodiversity in response to land-use changes i.e. extinction debt and colonization credit. Much of her work is carried out in cultural landscapes in the Baltic region, including species-rich alvar grasslands. In recent years, she has been active in habitat restoration, covering both theoretical and practical aspects. She has also been involved in more broad-scale initiatives, including  the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Europe and Central Asia assessment (IPBES-ECA). 

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Aveliina Helm

Georgina Mace

Georgina Mace

Georgina Mace DBE FRS is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER). Her current research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She led the scientific work behind the criteria used in IUCN’s Red List of threatened species (2000), was responsible for biodiversity elements in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), and the methodology used in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011). She was President of the British Ecological Society (2011-2013), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2007-2009) and Chair of the DIVERSITAS global environmental change program (2011-2014). She was the winner of the 2016 Heineken Prize for Environmental Science. Currently she is a member of the UK Government’s Natural Capital Committee, a member of the Council of NERC and of the Royal Society.

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Georgina Mace

William Sutherland

William Sutherland

William Sutherland is the Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge.

As well as his interests in population ecology he has spent an ever increasing proportion of his time in finding ways of improving the links between science, policy and practice. The main tools are horizon scanning, identifying priority questions to set agendas, subject-wide evidence synthesis and improving the manner in which experts are used in decision making. His ambition is to change policy and practice both in conservation and more widely.  

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William Sutherland