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Engaging over 250 researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate) brings together scientists from the natural and social sciences to perform research essential in understanding the combined consequences of anthropogenic emissions, climate change, and land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services on local, regional, national and global scales, to provide a scientific basis for the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Three logos. The logo of Lund University, a lion holding a sword and reading a book in brown. The logo of BECC, nine green dots in different sizes forming a circle around one blue. The logo of Gothenburg University, rune of a boat and a man holding a fish


The vision of BECC is to provide a world-leading research environment that brings together excellent research and training at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg to address our society´s need for knowledge about the dynamics between biodiversity and ecosystem services in a rapidly changing world. The knowledge generated by BECC serves the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into policy development, decision-making and praxis, from local to global levels.


In particular, BECC aims to:
• assess the combined consequences of anthropogenic emissions, climate and land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services and provide a basis for informed societal responses, with a focus on critical changes in forest, agricultural, urban and arctic ecosystems, including interactions between terrestrial and aquatic systems.
• support local, national and global policymakers through the scientific evaluations of policy options, including adaptation and mitigation strategies to global change, the conservation of biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems and their services.
• create synergies and added value to global change research by developing and bringing together theories and methods from different disciplines such as biology, economics, environmental science, geology, political science and physical geography, and by integrating stakeholder experience in the research process.


BECC encompasses about 200 senior researchers and 80 PhD-students from 13 departments at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg. This large environment is promoting cross-cutting activities and synergies, within three thematic platforms. Individual projects often include aspects of relevance to more than one theme and thus individual researchers may be active in more than one theme.

Information about BECC research, including the three thematic platforms, can be found at


BECC receives 25 million SEK annually in direct funding from the Swedish Government. External funding and co-funding by the universities amounts to around 115 million each year.


Page Manager:


Contact Research Coordinator Josefin Madjidian
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 98 15
E-mail: josefin [dot] madjidian [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Contact Research Administrator Lina Nikoleris
Phone: +46 (0)46-761348562
E-mail: lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Contact Coordinator Lund Henrik Smith
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 93 79
E-mail: henrik [dot] smith [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Contact Coordinator Gothenburg Håkan Pleijel
Phone: +46 (0)31-786 25 32
E-mail: hakan [dot] pleijel [at] bioenv [dot] gu [dot] se

Contact Deputy Coordinator Anna Maria Jönsson
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 94 10
E-mail: anna_maria [dot] jonsson [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Visiting and postal address

Visiting Address

The Ecology Building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund
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Postal address

Centre for Environamental and Climate Research
Sölvegatan 37
S-223 62 Lund