The Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Science‑Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is inviting governments and stakeholders to nominate experts for a thematic assessment of invasive alien species.
Nominees should have expertise related to the themes and skills required for the chapters of the assessment as set out in its scoping document (available here). They should be experts on invasive alien species within one or more of the following disciplines: natural sciences; social sciences; or the humanities; be indigenous and local knowledge experts or have expertise in indigenous and local knowledge systems; or be policy experts and practitioners. All nominees should have experience in working within interdisciplinary and/or international contexts.
Procedure of Nomination
- Nominees are invited to fill out the application form and attach their curriculum vitae through the dedicated web portal (To access this page, you will need to log in with your IPBES website login credentials or Nominees not yet registered on the IPBES website will need to do so by clicking on the “Create new account“.)
- The nominating government or organization (Nominator) indicated by the Nominee will receive an email with a link to the nomination form and will be invited to approve and submit the nominations in the web portal.
- Nominators and Nominees will receive a confirmation via email once the nomination has been duly submitted.
Interested experts (Nominees) who would like to seek nomination by a Government, are encouraged to contact their IPBES National Focal Point (https://www.ipbes.net/national-focal-points) regarding any country-specific processes or deadlines and are requested to fill out their application form by no later than 11 January 2019.
Nominators (governments or organizations) should approve the applications and submit their nominations by 1 February 2019. Early nominations ahead of the deadline are encouraged.
Experts will be selected according to the IPBES rules of procedure during IPBES 7, taking place from 29 April to 4 May 2019 in Paris, France. Experts will be informed of their selection in June 2019.
Opportunity for Early Career Experts
There may also be an opportunity for a small number of early career experts to participate in the assessment under the IPBES Fellowship Programme. It is planned to launch a call for nominations to the Fellowship Programme following IPBES 7, pending approval of the budget at IPBES 7.
More information on the work of experts and on financial support available to selected experts can be found Guidance on the IPBES assessments for newly nominated experts. The first meeting of all assessment experts, for which attendance is mandatory, is tentatively scheduled for August or September 2019.
(Source: IPBES newsletter)