EuropaBONs advisory board (AB) provides scientific feedback and advice on scientific challenges and demands to the consortium coordination team (CC), which includes the project coordinator and all work package and task leads.
The CC meets at least yearly with the AB at the Consortium Assembly to discuss scientific progress and conceptual development.
The advisory board includes the following experts:
- Prof. Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer | Natural Capital Project
Prof. Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer is a lead scientist for the Natural Capital Project, co-appointed at the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer’s research focuses on global ecosystem service assessment, linking earth observations and ecosystem service modeling. She is also a Coordinating Lead Author on the upcoming Values Assessment for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and a member of the Expert Working Group Consulting on NASA Biological Diversity and Ecological Forecasting Programs.
- Hilde Eggermont | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
- Markus Erhard | European Environment Agency
Markus Erhard from European Environment Agency is one of the coordinators of MAES together with A. Teller of DG ENV and J. Maes of JRC. He has the oversight within EEA to link the project partners to relevant colleagues in the EEA and the topic centres for specific aspects on freshwater, marine, urban and terrestrial biodiversity.
- Prof. Richard Gregory | University College London
Prof. Richard Gregory is head of Species Monitoring and Research at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Centre for Conservation Science and holds an Honorary Professorship at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) at University College London. Richard Gregory is an expert in survey design, biodiversity monitoring and indicators, citizen science, climatic change impacts, conservation priorities, measuring natural capital, ecosystem services, alien invasive species, and the impacts of predation and wildlife diseases.
- Tim Hirsch | Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Tim Hirsch is Deputy Director and Head of Participation of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Through its network of national and thematic nodes, GBIF will provide support to EuropaBON in mobilizing species-related data and biodiversity data-sharing. GBIF also provides an invaluable network of data contributors to be engaged in the design of the Europa-wide framework for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- Dr. Jan-Erik Petersen | European Environment Agency
Dr. Jan-Erik Petersen is the Head of Spatial Assessment Team at the European Environment Agency. EEA is a key partner when making proposals for a data infrastructure that should underpin the monitoring system, as they have the potential capacity and needed expertise to implement EuropaBON (given additional resources).
- Prof. Bernhard Seeger | Philipps-Universität Marburg
Prof. Bernhard Seeger is a computer scientist and the Dean of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Philipps-Universität Marburg and co-founder of Geo Engine – a new start-up company specialising in the efficient processing of large spatio-temporal data sets. His knowledge and expertise on methods for processing and analyzing large data sets and event streams will be invaluable to EuropaBON.
- Philippe Vercruysse de Solart | Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg
Philippe Vercruysse de Solart is a Global Technology Strategist with Microsoft. He is a a trusted advisor for all EU institutions and engages with business and IT decision makers to articulate how Microsoft can enable them to achieve their IT and business goals. His focus spans a broad number of topics going from innovation through data, to modern secure collaboration and cognitive services.
- Marc Paganini | European Space Agency
Marc Paganini serves as technical officer in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA). He is member of the Science, Application and Future Technologies Department working on Earth Observations (EO) exploitation and services development. He has more than 25 years of experience in EO satellite missions at ESA, working first as a ground segment system engineer, responsible for payload data processing and instrument calibration. In 2000, he joined the ESRIN establishment in Frascati (Rome) and has been working for the last 15+ years in elaborating, organising and managing user-oriented applications and novel information services, with the objective to provide the user community at large with reliable, timely and continuous information about the Earth and its environment.
- Dr. Patricia Tiago | University of Lisbon
Dr. Patricia Tiago of the University of Lisbon and founder of the citizen science platform Biodiversity4All, will advise EuropaBON on the use of citizen science databases, and share her knowledge on biodiversity monitoring, trends for biodiversity change, and biodiversity monitoring schemes. Biodiversity4All is maintained by Associação Biodiversidade Para Todos, and the Portuguese node of iNaturalist, a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.