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On 23 May 2017, platform owners from the Universities of Antwerp, Hasselt and Liège (Gembloux) and regional and federal authorities (Research Foundation Flanders FWO; Flemish Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation EWI; Service Public de Wallonie SPW; Belgian Science Policy Office BELSPO) installed the Belgian National Node of AnaEE.
AnaEE platforms developers met with AnaEE steering Committee and presented the remarkable development of terrestrial (Hasselt, Antwerpen, Gembloux) and aquatic experimental platforms (Antwerpen).
AnaEE presented at the Phenotyping FACCE meeting, Wageningen October 2016. This workshop presented the state-of-art and opportunities for further cooperation for phenotyping, genotyping and breeding for adaptation to climate change. We visited technical facilities (e.g. drones for field phenotyping, photo © G. Ackermans). The AnaEE presentation included potential synergies with EMPHASIS (plant phenomics RI).
AnaEE seeks a Director General (DG) for a full-time position. The DG will lead the Central Hub and will oversee the activities of the Service Centres and ensure their activities are coordinated and their interactions with the national platforms effective. Candidates from any country are welcome for this position which will be located near Paris.
The highlight of this Assembly was the feedback of the evaluation of the AnaEE Service Centres proposals by H. Loescher, chair of the international evaluation panel. The progress of the implementation working groups were also reviewed and discussed (photo©czechglobe).
The AnaEE central Hub will be housed on the Gif-sur-Yvette campus near Paris. This is a 64 ha CNRS campus with 9 life sciences laboratories and 1 300 employees. Two offices (more when needed) will be dedicated to AnaEE in a reception centre (building 31) particularly suitable for the organisation of meetings, formations or symposium. (photo©m.tixier-boichard).
The program ENVRI+, coordinating the Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (RIs), hold a booth at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (14 500 participants). AnaEE was presented at a midday talk and through a revolving slides show (photo©envri+).
This assembly, hold in the facilities of the Occitanie Region in Brussels, was dedicated in particular to the Director General recruitment procedure, the further writing of the future ERIC status and the planned development of the AnaEE Service Centers in Copenhaguen, Brno and Bologna.
AnaEE recent developments were presented to the ENVRI+ community and AnaEE, now leading the Ecosystems and Biodiversity domain of ENVRI+ chaired a meeting of that domain where the coming activities have been defined, primarily a description of landscape of the domain research infrastructures (photo©envri+).
The national Danish consortium AnaEE Denmark has received 2.7 million € over five years from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and 3.4 million € from the four universities behind AnaEE. This funding will allow the development of the Danish experimental platforms and the hosting of the future AnaEE Technology Centre. Picture: The CO2 enrichment facility (FACE) at RisØ (Photo©AnaEE Denmark).
After completing the building of the ‘Macrocosms’ Ecotron at the University of Hasselt, the University of Antwerpen is building 3 other platforms. Picture: Infrared image of a test on bare soil to provide different amounts of surface warming within the same Free-Air Temperature Increase (FATI) plot (photo©antwerpen university).
The program ENVRI+, coordinating the Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, hold a booth at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (15 000 participants). AnaEE, one of the ENVRI+ infrastructure, presented its contributions to the themes food security and impacts of extremes events (A. Chanzy and K.S. Larsen respectively) (photo©k.s. larsen).
Guirui YU, director of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN) and Xiubo YU, secretary general of CERN presented to Jacques Roy (AnaEE deputy director) the future developments of CERN, especially the planned field experimental platforms and controlled environment facilities. Future collaborations between CERN and AnaEE will be developed (photo ©L. Zhang, CERN).
The Italian Ministry of Agriculture announced the official participation of Italy to the Implementation Phase of AnaEE during our 3rd Assembly of Members hosted by the Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura (CREA) in Rome. On the meeting agenda, among other points, were the future ERIC legal status of AnaEE as well as the presentation of the Italian AnaEE team coordinated by M. Donatelli, CREA and F. Miglietta, CNR. (photo©e. cariou-pham).
Twenty five colleagues from ENVRIplus, AnaEE, ICOS and eLTER met in Paris on October 11-13. The discussions focused on the use of semantics in RI Information Systems and on the development of shared solutions from ENVRIplus activities (photo © AnaEE).
AnaEE organised a workshop to detail the various contributions of Ecosystem Science to Bioeconomy. Organised in the Occitanie Region representation, it followed the Bioeconomy Policy Day organised by the European Commission. Both events stressed the need to ensure the sustainability of Bioeconomy. (photo©e. cariou-pham).
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has signed the AnaEE Letter of Intent to enable UK participation for the AnaEE Implementation Phase. BBSRC working is in consultation with relevant UK stakeholders to ensure coordination at the national level. Picture: Gas exchange measurements at the North Wyke Farm Platform (photo © Rothamsted Research).