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BECC Grand Challenge Themes

BECC is organized in Challenge Themes, each relating to a Grand Challenge with regard to the impacts of climate and environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the ability of society to adapt to the impacts, or mitigate their causes. Each Challenge Theme (“Theme” for short) thus focuses on an overarching issue of scientific importance, in need of scientific coordination, with high relevance to decision making and with potentially high impact on international research, today and in coming years.

Themes function as platforms for intellectual exchange and mutual learning, where researchers meet and develop ideas for new collaborations, research projects, networking, outreach and dissemination activities.

In addition to acting as a meeting place for BECC researchers, important tasks for the themes are to take initiatives to develop new research projects and synthesis activities that require collaboration between research groups or engagement with stakeholders.

To these ends BECC Challenge Themes:

  • Synthesize the current state of knowledge and identify major knowledge gaps by creating interactions that bring together research groups and disciplines;
  • Concretise specific research needs and opportunities relevant for achieving progress towards meeting the Grand Challenge of the particular Theme, formulating and regularly revising a research agenda for the Theme including specific research aims, and proposed activities to fulfil the aims;
  • Advise the BECC board on how BECC as a whole should develop its research agenda, recruitments, funding instruments and support functions, communication and outreach, organisation and governance to facilitate progress toward meeting the Grand Challenge the Theme addresses;
  • Interact with stakeholders on the identification and implementation of sector-relevant applications associated to the Grand Challenge the Theme addresses.

Current themes, from 2016-06-30

  • Constraining the carbon cycle to characterise and mitigate climate change

Theme Coordinator: Edith Hammer (Lund University/Department of Biology)

  • Mainstreaming [consideration of] ecosystem services into land use decision-making under global change

Theme Coordinator: Cecilia Akselsson (Lund University/Department of Physical Geography & Ecosystem Science)

  • Effective strategies for biodiversity conservation under the combined pressures from climate change and land use change

Theme Coordinator: Johan Ekroos (Lund University/Centre for Environmental and Climate research)


Theme leaders: Edith Hammer, Cecilia Akselsson and Johan Ekroos. 

Themeleader Edith Hammer, Cecilia Akselsson and Johan Ekroos