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Engaging over 200 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 impacts of climate 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.

BECC is a collaboration between Lund University and University of Gothenburg


The vision of BECC is to provide a world-leading research environment, bringing together excellent research and training at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, to address society’s growing need for scientific knowledge to inform the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in policy formulation and decision-making, regionally and globally, in the face of a rapidly changing world.


In particular, BECC aims to:
• assess climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Sweden, with a particular focus on forest, agricultural and subarctic ecosystems, but also including aquatic systems that are affected by runoff from forest and farmland.
• support regional, national and global policymakers through the scientific evaluation of policy options combining adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.
• create synergies and added value to the climate impacts research at Lund University and University of Gothenburg by bringing together modelling, empirical ecology, economics and social science analysis, and by integrating stakeholder experience in the research process.


BECC encompasses more than 170 senior researchers and 60 PhD-students from about 10 departments at Lund University and University of Gothenburg. This large environment is promoting cross-cutting activities and synergies, within three thematic themes. Individual projects often include aspects of relevance to more than one theme and thus individual researchers may be active in more than one theme.


You can find more information about the research conducted within BECC here


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:


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

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

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

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

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