Most importantly, after more than ten years at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden, I have left my professional or scientific cradle to head for an exciting Postdoc position at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig. I have joined the Science Policy Expert Group in the department of Conservation Biology there in January. This was definitely one of the best or meaningful decisions I have made in the past few years (if ever you come to ask yourself whether you should stay in a situation that comforts you, but doesn’t challenge you anymore or go for something new: go and get outside your comfort zone!).
I am working mostly on two exciting projects and a bunch of other things. One is the “Network forum on biodiversity research Germany” (if you want to know more check the website www.biodiversity.de) and the second is the EU Horizon 2020 project EKLIPSE where I am part of a highly enthusiastic team building a network of knowledge and developing a mechanism for supporting better decisions on biodiversity and ecosystem services based on best available knowledge (for more information and context see the website www.eklipse-mechanism.eu). In the context of this project I am currently coordinating a request process that deals with the question how environmental regulators can support businesses in boosting their environmental performance and maximizing positive outcomes for biodiversity (and biodiversity offsets may be one option to consider here).
So, despite these overwhelming tasks, you see I haven’t left the offsets world behind me and have no intention so far to do so. In fact, after some reorientation phase, I am planning on further underpinning my offsets related work. As a first step, I will get the book based on my PhD thesis out (will keep you posted about this). Further on, I am looking for opportunities for projects, publications etc. – I’d be happy to collaborate on this, please get back to me for any ideas! Also, if you have any strategic input or hints on the future of the Biodiversity Offsets Blog, please let me know.
Meanwhile winter has changed to an invigorating spring and I am on an exciting journey – with lots of biodiversity, some offsets, quite some science-policy, growing meaningfulness, inspiring people that make me feel comfortable and a dodo from time to time… stay tuned!