Grand Challenges of BECC

Grand Challenges refer to issues where gaps in scientific understanding seriously constrain the ability to make informed decisions on issues of pressing concern for the well-being of people and the environment, today and in a future world affected by continued global change. BECC focuses on three Grand Challenges connected to effects of climate change and land-use on ecosystems and biodiversity.

BECC is organized in Grand Challenge Themes (“Theme” for short), each relating to a challenge with regard to the impacts of changes in climate and land-use on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the ability of societies to adapt or mitigate their causes. Each Theme 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. To utilize the full potential of the wide range of experience and expertise represented within BECC, Themes cut across disciplines, departments as well as Lund and Gothenburg universities.

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.

Current Grand Challenge Themes