Keynote speakers

The Scientific Program Committee has selected four keynote speakers to present around the central conference theme "Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes". The following keynote speakers will address this theme from their respective angles and background:

NOTE: we are currently exploring options for an additional keynote on the relation between the increasing occurrence of zoonosen (incl.COVID-19) and habitat integrity and other ecosystem services.


Erik Gomez-Baggethun - a Professor of Environmental Governance working at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Oxford. His research covers various topics and themes in the sustainability sciences, with a focus on ecological economics. Key themes of his research include ecosystem services, environmental justice, environmental governance, resilience theory and environmental values. He serves as President of the European Society for Ecological Economics and he is a lead author of the report ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) and of the global assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Nadine McCormick - works in IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity programme where she is responsible for mobilizing knowledge and experiences to scale up engagement in the conservation community with business. With more than fifteen years of experience in both the private and not-for-profit sector, Nadine brings positive energy and strategic thinking to catalyze dialogue and design for effective change processes at individual, organizational and sectoral levels. She has engaged more than 30 companies across four continents and supported more than 150 conservation practionners on their strategies to influence the private sector. Nadine is British and holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in International Management and French from the University of Bath as well as a certified process facilitator. One of her current roles is in the Horizon 2020 We Value Nature campaign where she brings behavioural and organsiational change insights to accelerate the uptake of natural capital approaches in business decision-making.

Anton Shkaruba - is a senior researcher at the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences. After years of field research experience in geobotany, soil geochemistry and ecosystem biophysics, he obtained PhD in physical geography and moved his focus to environmental governance studies, in particular becoming concerned with biodiversity conservation, forestry, green urban planning, nature-based solutions and related issues of science-policy interfacing. He was a lead author for the IPBES Europe & Central Asia regional assessment, and currently a lead author of the IPBES assessment on sustainable use of wild species. Anton is a co-director of EEA summer schools on sustainability transitions and summer schools on biodiversity and ecosystem governance; he is active in capacity building actions for higher education and currently leads several actions addressing various aspects of sustainable natural resource and ecosystem management in Belarus, Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Anne Teller - is a Senior Expert in the Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission. She graduated as a Forest Engineer from the University of Brussels and completed her Master of Science in Forest and its relation to Land Management at Oxford University. Anne has more than thirty years of experience in European environmental policy. She has worked at regional, national and European level. Her specific domain of interest is the improvement of the knowledge and evidence base for environmental policy. Anne is currently supporting the first EU wide ecosystem assessment to support biodiversity policy.

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