The Knowledge Coordination Body

The Knowledge Coordination Body (KCB) is one of the key governance structures of Eklipse. The KCB is responsible for selecting together with the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) the requests Eklipse will process. In close collaboration with the Eklipse Management Body (EMB), its main responsibility is ensuring that requests from policy and other societal actors are answered through the coordination of joint evidence processes. The KCB also coordinates the identification of research priorities and emerging issues and encourages societal engagement. The role of the KCB is to act at the interface between the Expert Working Groups (EWGs), the different governance bodies, as well as with the requesters and possible end-users of Eklipse.

Read the KCB’s Guidance notes “the Knowledge Coordination Body” and ” Selecting the Knowledge Coordination Body” to learn more.

Three calls for nomination of experts in May 2020, May 2022  and again in May 2023 formed the basis for the selection by the Strategic Advisory Board of the  Eklipse KCB .

Ute Jacob

KCB Co-chair

Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, University of Oldenburg (HIFMB)

Nils Bunnefeld

KCB Co-chair

University of Stirling, UK

Olga Ameixa

University of Aveiro and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)

Maud Borie

King's College London

Catherine Collins

Innovative Health Initiative (IHI)

Jan-Claas Dajka

Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, University of Oldenburg (HIFMB)

Anna Fricke

Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Germany

Sonja Hölzl

Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL)

Aurore Maureaud

Rutgers University, United States

Serge Morand

CNRS - CIRAD - Faculty of Veterinary Technology, Kasetsart University, Bangkok

Simo Sarkki

Simo Sarkki

University of Oulu

Carla-Leanne Washboume

Carla-Leanne Washbourne

University College London

Agnes Zolyomi

Agnes Zolyomi

Ecosystem Evaluation

The Methods Expert Group

The Methods Expert Group (MEG) provides guidance about the available methods for knowledge collation, appraisal and synthesis to respond to each request.

Read the MEG’s guidance note to learn more about the purpose of this group and the Knowledge synthesis on environmental decisions report to discover the 20 different available methods for knowledge synthesis.

The selected members of the MEG are composed of members that are running from June 2020 to June 2023, and others from January 2023 to January 2026 -marked with *.

Alister Scott

Alister Scott

MEG Co-chair

University of Northumbria, UK

Spyridoula Ntemiri

Spyridoula Ntemiri

MEG Co-chair

Green Fund, Greece

Josie Antonucci di Carvalho

Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity - HIFMB/AWI

Isabel Jones*

University of Stirling

Joseph Langridge*

La Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB) / French Foundation for Biodiversity Research, France

Brady Mattsson*

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

The Strategic Advisory Board

The Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) members provide advice on strategic decisions and serve as ambassadors. They are all high-level experts from science, policy and society, as well as ex-officio members.

Read the SAB’s guidance note to learn more about our activities.

The Board currently consists of:

Sybille van den Hove – SAB Chair, Bridging for Sustainability

Jessika Giraldi, DG ENV

Christina Pantazi, DG RTD

Ronan Uhel, EEA

Suzanne de Cheveigné, CNRS

Sue Collins, European Habitats Forum

Tbc, JRC

– Ex officio: Juliette Young, INRAE

– Ex officio: Heidi Wittmer, UFZ

The Eklipse Management Body

The Eklipse Management Body (EMB) handles the day-to-day work of Eklipse. The EMB coordinates overall Eklipse activities; e.g. has an overview over all requests, ensuring the continuity of all processes, the respect of the rules and procedures included in the ethical infrastructure and supporting an effective communication between the different bodies.

Read the EMB’s Guidance note to learn more.

Marie Vandewalle

Marie Vandewalle

Head of Eklipse Management Body

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental research (UFZ)

Karla E. Locher-Krause

Karla E. Locher-Krause

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental research (UFZ)

Candice Pouget

Candice Pouget

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental research (UFZ)

Tânia Pereira

Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR)

Harineeswari Meenakshi Sundaram

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental research (UFZ)

The Expert Working Groups

The Expert Working Groups (EWGs) are groups of selected experts in charge of answering the requests received by Eklipse. They are selected through open calls and consist of scientists and practitioners who are experts in the field covered by a particular selected request. One or two members of the Methods Expert Group join each EWG. The EWG members are responsible for the final output(s) for each request. Read the EWG´s guidance note to learn more.

Interested in becoming active in an Expert Working Group? Please contact us.

More information about the EWGs of our ongoing requests below:

EWG "Building resilient coastal communities through Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and Empowerment Tools"

Eklipse Alumni

The Eklipse alumni is a wide, and constantly growing, group of individuals who have been involved in Eklipse bodies or groups. As such, the alumni represent a group with unique expertise and understanding of the Eklipse mechanism. The alumni includes any individual that has been a member of: the Expert Working Groups, the Knowledge Coordination Body, the Eklipse project consortium, the Strategic Advisory Board, the Methods Expert Group or the Eklipse Management Body.

Selected members of the alumni group (“FE-Alumnis”) are responsible for the formative evaluation of Eklipse. The formative evaluation ensures that all the former project partners, members of the bodies or experts that have participated in the process in the past, are heard and their feedback is reflected on for joint learning and continual improvement of Eklipse.

Read the Alumni´s guidance note to learn more.

  • Heidi Wittmer – former Chair, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany
  • Allan Watt – former Chair, CEH Edinburgh Fellow,
  • Rania Spyropoulou, ATEPE-Ecosystem Management Ltd
  • Estelle Balian, FEAL (Facilitation for Environmental Action and Learning) consulting
  • Claudia Basta, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
  • Barbara Livoreil, FRB
  • Riikka Paloniemi, SYKE
  • Isabel Sousa Pinto, Ciimar and University of Porto
  • Dimitra Manou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Law
  • Lili Ilieva, Independent expert
  • Maria Ojanen, University of Helsinki
  • Horst Korn, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
  • Valerie Kapos, UNEP-WCMC
  • Petr Petřík, Institute of Botany of the CAS
  • Esther Turnhout, Wageninen University
  • Sebastian Villasante, University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Jorge Ventocilla, RBINS
  • Eeva Furman, SYKE
  • Pierre Failler, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Johanna Ferretti, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
  • Neal Haddaway, Mistra EviEM, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
  • Monica Hernández-Morcillo, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Brady Mattsson, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  • Nicola Randall, Harper Adams University, UK
  • Romina Rodela, Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Sweden
  • Luis Santamaria, Doñana Biological Station, Spanish Research Council (EBD-CSIC), Spain
  • Heli Saarikoski, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
  • Emiliya Velizarova, Forest Research Institute – Bulgarian Academy of sciences, Bulgaria)
  • Heidi Wittmer (UFZ) – Knowledge Coordination Body, EKLIPSE partner
Environmental regulation, business and biodiversity
  • Delphine Gibassier (Senior Research Fellow, Birmingham Business School, Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business)(co-chair)
  • Janina Grabs (Research Associate, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) (co-chair)
  • Vincenza Ferrara (Farmer, Azienza Agricola “DORA” di Vincenza Ferrara)
  • Stefan Hörmann (Head of Unit, Global Natura Fund)
  • Aled Jones (Director and Professor, Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Stefano Targetti (Senior Researcher, Czech University of Life Sciences and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna)
  • Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (Center for Development Research, bonn University)
  • Jane Glover, University of Birmingham
Biodiversity and the Common Agricultural Policy
  • Eszter Kovacs (Corvinus University of Budapest/ University of Cambridge) (Co-chair)
  • Calum Brown (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) (Co-chair)
  • Yves Zinngrebe (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) (Co-chair)
  • Amaia Albizua (Basque Centre for Climate Change)
  • Antonia Galanaki
  • Ioanna Grammatikopoulou (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
  • Irina Herzon (University of Helsinki)
  • Doris Marquardt (European Environment Agency)
  • Sergio Villamayor (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Juliana Dänhardt & Johanna Alkan Olsson (Lund University)
  • Davy McCracken (Scotland’s Rural College)
Impacts of ElectroMagnetic Radiation (EMR) on wildlife
  • Matt Shardlow (CEO of Buglife) – Requester
  • Dr. Mario Babilon (Cooperative State University, Stuttgart)
  • Kevin J Gaston (Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute, UK)
  • Erich Pascal Malkemper (Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna)
  • Benoît Stockbroeckx (ANPI, Belgium)
  • Dr Thomas Tscheulin (University of the Aegean, Greece)
  • Adam J. Vanbergen (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK)
  • Alain Vian (Université d’Angers, France)
Impact evaluation framework for Nature Based Solutions
  • Christopher Raymond (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) (Co-Chair)
  • Carlo Calfapietra (National Research Council, Rome) (Co-Chair)
  • Niki Frantzeskaki (Erasmus University Rotterdam) (Co-Chair)
  • Corina Basnou (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Barcelona)
  • Mark de Bel (Deltares, Utrecht)
  • Pam Berry (University of Oxford)
  • Margaretha Breil (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC)
  • Marco Cardinaletti (EUROCUBE srl)
  • Vera Enzi (European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations)
  • Davide Geneletti (University of Trento)
  • Nadja Kabisch (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Leor Lovinger (International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe)
  • Ana Monteiro (University of Porto)
  • Mihai Razvan Nita (University of Bucharest)
  • Holger Robrecht (Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat)
Restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Judith Fisher (Fisher Research Pty Ltd/University of Western Australia) (Co-Chair)
  • Jan Frouz (Charles University, Prague)
  • Patricia Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez (University of Lisbon)
  • David Moreno Mateos (Basque Centre for Climate Change)
  • Jordi Cortina-Segarra (Society for Ecological Restoration Europe)
  • Agata Klimkowska (Eco-Recover Ecosystem Restoration Advice / University of Antwerp ECOBE)
  • Pilar Andres (CREAF/Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Apostolos Kyriazopoulos (Democritus University of Thrace)
  • Susan Baker  (Sustainable Places Research Institute – Cardiff University)
  • Craig Bullock (School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy – University College Dublin)
  • Simo Sarkki (Oulu University, Finland)
Pollinator conservation measures
  • Veerle Mommaerts, Bayer (Co-chair)
  •  Adam Vanbergen, Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) (Co-chair)
  • Daniele Alberoni, University of Bologna
  • Anne Alix, Corteva Agrisciences
  • Anke Dietzsch, Julius Kuehn-Institute (JKI)
  • Monica Garcia, European Commission
  • André Krahner, Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI)
  • Stefan Kroder, ADAMA
  • Sara Leonhardt, Technical University of Munich
  • Jeffery Pettis, Pettis and Assoc LLC
  • Noa Simon Delso, CARI – Beekeeping Center for Research and Information
  • Casper van der Kooi, University of Groningen
  • Vasileios Vasileiadis, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
  • Sara Villa, University of Milano Bicocca
  • Penelope Whitehorn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Thomas Wood, Université de Mons
  • Benjamin Woodcock, Center For Ecology & Hydrology
  • Nibedita Mukherjee
  • Raine Nigel, University of Guelph
  • Ana Sançana, LOUSÃMEL – Beekeepers Portuguese Cooperative
Incorporating nature’s diverse values in policy
  • Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszky (ecologist)
  • Zoltán Szabó (environmental economist)
  • Farkas Judit (cultural anthropologist)
  • Bálint Halpern (NGO representative, nature conservation expert)
  • Zsolt Molnár (ethno-ecologist) who will participate in the panel online
  • Ágnes Kalóczkai (agri-environmental engineer)
Supporting European contributions to IPBES
  • Zuzana Harmackova (Postdoctoral researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre) (Co-chair)
  • Peter C. Roebeling (Researcher, University of Aveiro) (Co-chair)
  • Carla-Leanne Washbourne (Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy, University College London)
  • Mario Giampietro (Research Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Judith Fisher (Director, Fisher Research Pty Ltd/ University of Western Australia/Western Australian Museum)
  • Sheri Young (Resource Integration Advisor, Government of Alberta)
  • Jesus Carrasco (Project Manager, Ecoacsa)
  • Jurgen Tack, European Landowners Organisation)
  • Carsten Neßhöver (EKLIPSE)
  • Eduardo Escobedo (RESP)
  • Sylvie Benard (LVMH)
  • Corinne Martin (EUBON)
  • Dirk Schmeller (EUBON)
  • Eva Mayerhofer (European Investment Bank)
  • Anke Hoffmann (EUBON)
  • Horst Korn (EPBRS)
  • Jonathan Porter (Oppla)
  • Maurice Hoffmann (ALTER-Net)
  • Olaf Banki (GBIF)
  • Allan Watt (EKLIPSE)