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Infrastructure for the Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems (AnaEE)

Launched in November 2012, the AnaEE project is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 capacities programme as a 'Preparatory Phase Project'.

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Mission

AnaEE will provide Europe with a distributed and coordinated set of experimental, analytical and modelling platforms to analyse and better predict the response of the main continental ecosystems to environmental and land use changes. AnaEE will consist of:

AnaEE will also provide data access for research and education, provide training and will contribute to innovation by taking forward integrations on leading-edge techniques across the various AnaEE infrastructure components.

AnaEE will be a key instrument for the implementation of forthcoming national and joint programming initiatives notably the JPI "Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change" (FACCE-JPI) which BBSRC run the secretariat for jointly with INRA (France).

Participants

There are currently 13 partner organisations from 10 different countries.

  1. Belgium – University of Antwerp
  2. Czech Republic – Global Change Research Centre
  3. Denmark – Technical University of Denmark
  4. Finland – University of Helsinki
  5. France
    • CNRS
    • INRA (Coordinator)
    • INRA Transfert
  6. Italy – Fondazione Edmund Mach
  7. Norway – BIOFORSK
  8. Sweden – UMEA University
  9. Turkey – Istanbul Technical University 
  10. UK
    • BBSRC
    • Rothamsted Research

Programme

AnaEE is structured into 8 work packages (organisation in brackets denotes the lead):

Our role in AnaEE

BBSRC lead the AnaEE Legal and Governance Work Package which will:

There are also interdependencies between the work packages meaning we also contribute to:

UK agri-ecosystems activity

Given the increase of scientific activities with the UK agri-ecosystems communities, it is timely to consider how current UK capability in agri-ecosystems can enable UK scientists to respond to current and future research demands for changes in ecosystems due to environmental change.

A first UK workshop was held in May 2013 and was an initial step to explore UK capability for agri-ecosystems science. Outcomes from the workshop will work towards helping define UK participation in AnaEE. The workshop brought together a small group of of the UK agri-ecosystems communities including funders (such as the Natural Environment Research Council), research institutes/centres (Rothamsted Research and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and academia.

A second workshop is planned for early 2014 with wider participation to take forward thinking from the first workshop.