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Application as an expert for the transformative change assessment

The IPBES Plenary, at IPBES 8 (June 2021) approved the undertaking of the transformative change assessment as outlined in the “Scoping report for a thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, and the determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity (transformative change assessment” set out in annex II to its decision IPBES-8/1 (available here), for consideration by the Plenary at its eleventh session

1) Nominees are invited to complete the application form and attach their curriculum vitae below by 6 September 2021

2) 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 by 13 September 2021

3) Nominators and Nominees will receive a confirmation via email once the nomination has been duly submitted. Only candidates duly nominated by a Government or organization will be considered by the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. 

Experts should have strong multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary expertise, expertise in one or more disciplines of natural science, social science or the humanities, be indigenous and local knowledge experts or have expertise in indigenous and local knowledge systems. IPBES also encourages policy experts and practitioners to apply. All nominees should have experience in working within interdisciplinary, international and/or global contexts.

IPBES is particularly looking for experts with a scientific and/or practical background in environmental, ecological, biological, economic, technological, social, cultural, political or behavioural science, as well as arts and humanities research related to:

  • Transformative change needed for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human wellbeing, and sustainable development;
  • Indirect drivers of biodiversity change;
  • Development or use of scenarios and pathways of transformative change;
  • The theory of transformative change and the role of transformative change in the context of different value systems and knowledge systems, worldviews and paradigms;
  • The personal and philosophical dimensions of transformations;
  • Decision-making for, or implementation of transformative change at local, regional, national, or international scales.

Guidance on IPBES assessments for experts (available here)