The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest university of the Netherlands. Within the Faculty of Science, the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) has the mission to increase the understanding of the diversity and dynamics of ecosystems from the level of molecules and genes to entire ecosystems. IBED consists of four research departments : Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics, Evolutionary and Population Biology, Freshwater and Marine Ecology, and Theoretical and Computational Ecology. The institute also leads the Faculty of Science Research Cluster ‘Global Ecology’ and participates in the Faculty of Science Research Cluster ‘Green Life Sciences’.
Wouter Los has initiated various initiatives in biodiversity e-science over the last decades. These include the development of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and large EU-funded projects such as Fauna Europaea and European Network of Biodiversity Information (ENBI). He was coordinator of the FP7 projects Creative-B and ENVRI. He has also coordinated the LifeWatch preparatory project and provided consultancy for its further development.
Jacco Konijn is head of project management at the Faculty of Science and is the project manager of the GLOBIS-B project. In the past he has been involved as coordinator and project manager in the preparatory project LifeWatch, CReATIVE-B and ENVRI. Currently he is also Work Package leader in the ENVRplus project, a large cluster project in which 23 Environmental Research Infrastructures collaborate to develop products of common interest.
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