Call for papers

International Conference on

Motivations and arguments to act for biodiversity
Alternative ways to inspire innovative policy making

10th–11th of June 2015, Brussels, Les Ateliers des Tanneurs

Organised by the BESAFE research consortium, the BIOMOT research consortium,
and the BIOGOV research unit at Université catholique de Louvain.

Funded by the FP7 programme of the European Union,
and the National Research Foundation, Belgium (F.R.S.-FNRS).

The call for papers can be downloaded [here].

Objectives of the Call for papers

Argumentation for biodiversity conservation is largely built today on the concept of ecosystem services. However, in spite of much increased awareness of what Nature provides for us, policy makers in Europe and throughout the world still do not appear to respond effectively to prevent further massive biodiversity degradation. Why is this? Why are the present arguments not compelling enough?

This call for papers will explore the full richness of approaches to arguments and motivations for the transition towards biodiversity-embracing societies in the EU and the consequences for innovative policy making:

  • Analyses from environmental and ecological economics, governance theory, environmental psychology and philosophy, landscape architecture, anthropology, linguistics and discourse analysis, and other disciplines
  • Integrated studies of specific exemplary cases of arguments and motivations, and innovative policy making, at work in any field of biodiversity or landscape actions, e.g. from general policy making, management of natural parks and nature reserves, natural forest management, peatland restoration, business enterprises in action for biodiversity, iconic animal protection or reintroduction, agro-biodiversity programmes or biodiversity infrastructure in man-made environments


Extended abstracts on one of these topics should be sent for the 15th of February 2015 to maria.porrasgomez@uclouvain.be.

The format of the extended abstracts should be:
(1) title page: title, affiliation of the authors
(2) extended abstract (between 1000  and 1500 words), which contains the key research question, the methodology and an overview of the research results.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent to authors by 15th of March 2015.
Full conference papers are due by 31st of May 2015.

Key notes speeches

Our discussion during the Conference will be facilitated by the following key note speakers and forum participants:

Motivational drivers and governance: group-based valuation of socio-cultural ecosystem services
  • Mark Reed, The Birmingham School of the Built Environment, UK
  • Multi-level social learning processes in resource governance
  • Claudia Pahl Wostl, Universität Osnabrück, Germany
  • Conceptualizing BESAFE and BIOMOT, before and after the act
  • Martin Sharman, former EU Policy Officer responsible for biodiversity and    ecosystems services
  • Transdisciplinary research for ecosystem service provision and biodiversity management in the EU
  • Michael Pregernig, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Knowledge co-production / co-design and the future of sustainability research
  • Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, DG Research and Innovation, EU
  • Forum participant
  • Ignace Schops, director of Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland, director    of EUROPARC
  • Forum participant (to be confirmed)
  • Ladislav Miko, DG Health and Consumers, EU
  • Scientific conference Committee

    • Chairs

    Wouter De Groot Radboud University The Netherlands
    Rob Bugter Alterra The Netherlands
    • Members

    Bauler, Tom Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
    Bonaiuto, Marino Sapienza University of Rome Italy
    Dedeurwaerdere, Tom Université catholique de Louvain Belgium
    Harrison, Paula University of Oxford United Kingdom
    Haslett, John Paris-Lodron-University Salzburgo Austria
    Jokinen, Pekka University of Eastern Finland Finland
    Knippenberg, Luuk Radboud University The Netherlands
    O'Neill, John University of Manchester United Kingdom
    Tinch, Rob Economics for the Environment Consultancy Limited United Kingdom
    van Herzele, Ann Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Belgium
    Young, Juliette Centre for Ecology and Hydrology United Kingdom
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