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Candidates sought for Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of IPBES

Ministry of the Environment
Publication date 11.2.2022 13.38
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The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites its member states to nominate candidates for the next three-year term of the Expert Panel. The candidates should have a strong background in science and experience on the science-policy interface. Please let us know if you are interested by 23 February 2022.

The present term of the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) is coming to an end, and IPBES invites its member states to nominate candidates to the next panel for the term 2022–2025. MEP is responsible for the scientific quality of IPBES work, including the peer review process, and for engaging different disciplines and communities, and it serves as scientific adviser to the Plenary of IPBES. The candidates are expected to have a distinguished scientific background in natural and social sciences, with a particular focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The members elected will not represent their own countries or regions but they will serve in MEP through their personal expertise.

The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for nominating Finland’s candidate. The applicant should be a distinguished researcher working in Finland with solid experience in operating on the science-policy interface. Any previous knowledge of IPBES and its work is considered an asset. The applicants are requested to inform Olli Ojala (contact details below) of their interest no later than Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 23.00. The applicants will be contacted soon after that date. Please attach your CV including a list of publications to your letter and tell why you would be the right person to be elected as MEP member (these should be in the English language as this is also required for the official nomination). IPBES work is carried out on a pro bono basis.

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Established in 2012, IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body, with secretariat services provided by the UN. Its mission is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. IPBES prepares regional and global reports on the basis of information on biodiversity, ecosystem services and connections between these, collects and prioritises scientific knowledge to support political decision-making, promotes the acquisition of new information by cooperating with the scientific community, decision-makers and financiers, and mobilises funding in accordance with identified priorities. IPBES currently has 198 member states. The Ministry of the Environment serves as the contact point in Finland.


Olli Ojala
Senior Ministerial Adviser
tel 029 525 0039
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Marianne Aulake
​​​​​​​Researcher, Secretary of Finland’s National IPBES Working Group
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