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Overview:

This working group will focus on the dissemination of genetic expertise into the applied conservation management. This is done in-situ by identifying the most common and relevant EU conservation and management themes and then characterising those topics where genetic/genomic tools provide a solution or for which genetic diversity is a relevant consideration (and is practical, affordable and reliable), specifically in relation to managing species and ecosystems under the Habitat Directive and Natura 2000 network.

WG1 Specific Objectives

  • Identify major conservation themes relevant on an EU-wide scale.
  • lineate areas where genetic/genomic tools can be most practical and relevant.
  • Identify guidelines for harmonizing and standardizing protocols across EU.

WG1 Leader: Per-Sjogren Gulve (Per.Sjogren-Gulve@naturvardsverket.se)

Members:
  1. Adriana Vella
  2. Alain Frantz
  3. Alejandro Valdecantos Dema
  4. Alexander Kopatz
  5. Alexis Marchesini
  6. Ancuta Fedorca
  7. Carlos Fonseca
  8. Charalombos Neophytou
  9. Christina Hvilsom
  10. Emilio Rolán
  11. Felix Gugerli
  12. Hojka Kraigher
  13. Ilaria Fracasso
  14. Ilhan Altinok
  15. Ivana Drzaic
  16. Jitka Uhlìkovà
  17. Joachim Mergeay
  18. Joerg Kleinschmit
  19. Josè Godoy
  20. Linda Laikre
  21. Lydia Alvanou
  22. Margarida Fernandes
  23. Maria Spehar
  24. Marjana Westergren
  25. Melekşen Akin
  26. Mirjana Sjiacic
  27. Nevena Velickovic
  28. Nina Ciocarlan
  29. Noel Vella
  30. Ovidiu Ionescu
  31. Paulo Cèlio Alves
  32. Pauline Garnier-Gere
  33. Per Sjögren-Gulve
  34. Peter Pearman
  35. Philippine Vergeer
  36. Rigers Bakiu
  37. Rob Ogden
  38. Rolf Holderegger
  39. Sabrina Trager
  40. Santiago Gonzalez-Martinez
  41. Sean Kelly
  42. Shirl Bar-David
  43. stt stt
  44. Tamer Albayrak
  45. Telle Jaiirus
  46. Tsipe Aavik
  47. Vaeceslav Ghenov
  48. Vlatka Cubric
  49. Zved zz

Overview:

This working group will develop potential indicators and monitoring protocols for monitoring genetic diversity across time and space. The suitability of these indicators will then be evaluated and guidelines for a standardized monitoring protocol developed (identification of key species, sampling protocols, long term storage, data analyses). This will include informatic evaluation with simulated and large open access datasets.

WG2 Specific Objectives

  • Identify effective and simple indicators of genetic diversity.
  • Determine best practice for monitoring genetic diversity in time and space.
  • Bioinformatic testing of indicators through simulation.
  • Identify the most relevant species and areas across EU for genomic monitoring
WG2 Leader: Michael Bruford (BrufordMW@cardiff.ac.uk)
WG2 Vice Leader: Ancuta Fedorca (ancutacotovelea@yahoo.com)
Members:
  1. Adi Habul
  2. Adriana Vella
  3. Alberto Pallavicini
  4. Alejandro Valdecantos
  5. Aleksandra Biedrzyzcka
  6. Alexander Kopatz
  7. Alexis Marchesini
  8. Alice Brambilla
  9. Alla Aleksanyan
  10. Amir Szitenberg
  11. Ancuta Fedorca
  12. Andrew Lucas
  13. Anna Maria Bonettini
  14. Anna Papadopoulou
  15. Aris Janson
  16. Arnar Palsson
  17. Arzu Karahan
  18. Barbora Rolackova
  19. Barry McMahon
  20. Belma Kalamujić Stroil
  21. Branislav Cvjetković
  22. Buki Rinkevich
  23. Carles Vila
  24. Carlos Fonseca
  25. Charalambos Neophytou
  26. Christina Hvilsom
  27. Craig Primmer
  28. Cristiano Vernesi
  29. Dainis Rungis
  30. Daniela Csencsics
  31. Diana Krajmerova
  32. Diana Posledovich
  33. Dilruba Seyhan Öztürk
  34. Dragana Šnjegota
  35. Dusan Gomory
  36. Eirini Sarroy
  37. Elena Buzan
  38. Eleni Abraham
  39. Emina Šunje
  40. Eric Verspoor
  41. Federico Sebastiani
  42. Fedor Čiampor
  43. Felix Gugerli
  44. Filippos Aravanopoulos
  45. Frank Zachos
  46. Gernot Segelbacher
  47. Giulia Magoga
  48. Helena Cotrim
  49. Hojka Kraigher
  50. Ilaria Fracasso
  51. Ilhan Altinok
  52. Ino Curik
  53. Ivana Drzaic
  54. Ivaylo Tsvetkov
  55. Jaakko Erkinaro
  56. Jitka Uhlíková
  57. Joachim Mergeay
  58. Joerg Kleinschmit
  59. José Godoy
  60. Josef Bryja
  61. Joshua DĂ­az Caballero
  62. Joukie Buitevled
  63. Julia MI Barth
  64. Katja Sonnenschein
  65. Kristine Bohmann
  66. Laura Iacolina
  67. Laura Schuerz
  68. Linda Laikre
  69. Luca Cornetti
  70. Lydia Alvanou
  71. Maciej Konopinski
  72. Margarida Lopes Fernandes
  73. Maria Glushkova
  74. Marija Spehar
  75. Marjana Westergren
  76. Marko Bajc
  77. Matteo Brunetti
  78. Matteo Montagna
  79. Melekşen Akin
  80. Merit Otsus
  81. Mihajla Djan
  82. Mike Bruford
  83. Milomir Stefanovic
  84. Mirjana Sijacic-Nikolic
  85. Myriam Heuertz
  86. Natasha De Vere
  87. Nevena Veličković
  88. Nina Ciocarlan
  89. Nir Stern
  90. Noel Vella
  91. Ovidiu Ionescu
  92. Pamela Burger
  93. Paulo Cèlio Alves
  94. Per Sjogren-Gulve
  95. Peter Galbusera
  96. Peter Klinga
  97. Peter Pearman
  98. Philippine Vergeer
  99. Piotr Robakowski
  100. Rigers Bakiu
  101. Rita Verbylaite
  102. Rob Ogden
  103. Robert Ekblom
  104. Rolf Holderegger
  105. Sabrina Trager
  106. Santiago González-Martínez
  107. Sean Hoban
  108. Seán Kelly
  109. Shirl Bar-David
  110. Snaebjörn Pálsson
  111. Srdan Keren
  112. Srdjan Pejovic
  113. Srdjan Stojnic
  114. Steve Smith
  115. Szilvia Kusza
  116. Tamer Albayrak
  117. Teele Jairus
  118. Tine Grebenc
  119. Tomaz Skrbinsek
  120. Tsipe Aavik
  121. Vaeceslav Ghenov
  122. Vladimir Maletic
  123. Vlatka Cubric
  124. Walter Salzburger
  125. Zolt BECKEI
  126. Zophonias Jonsson

Overview:

The aim of this working group is to highlight the importance of genomic variation to adapt to ecosystems under a changing environment. Exchange between laboratories will be fostered to agree on species and data analyses especially for grasslands and forests, and providing practical examples. Meta analysis on the subject will be produced so to provide strong evidence about the timely need for incorporating genomic analyses when evaluating population and species viability.

WG3 Specific Objectives

  • Providing the Practitioners community scientifically sound evidence of the importance of genomic variation for adaptation.
  • Identification of major ecosystems to be genomically analyzed on a continental scale
WG3 Leader: Myriam Heuertz (myriam.heuertz@inra.fr)
WG3 Vice Leader: Adriana Vella (adriana.vella@um.edu.mt)
Members:
  1. Adriana Vella
  2. Alberto Pallavicini
  3. Alejandro Valdecantos
  4. Alexander Kopatz
  5. Alexis Marchesini
  6. Alla Aleksanyan
  7. Amir Szitenberg
  8. Abdel Rahman Al Tawah
  9. Barry McMahon
  10. Branislav Cvetkovic
  11. Buki Rinkevich
  12. Carles Vilà
  13. Eirini Sarrou
  14. Federico Sebastiani
  15. Felix Gugerli
  16. Giulia Magoga
  17. Ilaria Fracasso
  18. Ilhan Altinok
  19. Julia MI Barth
  20. Maria Glushkova
  21. Melekşen AKIN
  22. Michael Bruford
  23. Myriam Heuertz
  24. Natasa Sibanc
  25. Nir Stern
  26. Noel Vella
  27. Peter Pearman
  28. Piotr Robakowski
  29. Sabrina Trager
  30. Santiago Gonzalez-Martinez
  31. Sean Hoban
  32. Tamer Albayrak
  33. Tina Unuk
  34. Tsipe Aavik
  35. Walter Salzburger
  36. Paulo Cèlio Alves

Overview:

Cloning and genome editing are among the technological developments increasingly invoked as effective tools for saving rare species, managing invasive species, and preparing species for climate change. This WG will examine the suitability of these tools and develop guidelines on the technical and ethical challenges for tackling the most important conservation issues. This WG will address the use of biotechnology in both natural ecosystems and in botanical and zoological gardens.

WG4 Specific Objectives

  • Provide Scientists’ and Practitioners’ community an overview of the latest advances in biotechnology.
  • Identify techniques most effective for solving practical conservation issues
WG4 Leader: Gernot Segelbacher (gernot.segelbacher@wildlife.uni-freiburg.de)
WG4 Vice Leader: Elena Bužan (elena.buzan@famnit.upr.si)
Members:
  1. Gernot Segelbacher
  2. Pamela Burger
  3. Carles Vilà
  4. Luca Cornetti
  5. Teele Jarius
  6. Ancuta Cotovelea Fedorca
  7. Elena Buzan
  8. Ivaylo Tsvetkov
  9. Rigers Bakiu
  10. Alexander Kopatz
  11. Arzu Karahan
  12. Melekşen Akin

Overview:

This WG aims to disseminate knowledge beyond the typical Scientists’ and Practitioners’ communities in focusing on a citizen science approach and art-science symposia. Zoos and aquaria are in contact with millions of visitors each year and will provide an excellent educational platform for public outreach.

WG5 Specific Objectives

  • Scientists’ and Practitioners’ communities devise future strategies for continuing momentum beyond the project in terms of working together.
  • Present genetic diversity to an EU agenda on environmental policies
WG5 Leader: Belma Kalamujić (belma.k@gmail.com)
WG5 Vice Leader: Natasha de Vere (natasha.devere@gardenofwales.org.uk)
Members:
  1. Adriana Vella
  2. Ancuta Fedorca
  3. Andrew Lucas
  4. Belma Kalamujić Stroil
  5. Felix Gugerli
  6. Ilaria Fracasso
  7. Irena Papazova-Anakieva
  8. Katja Kavčić Sonnenschein
  9. Margarida Fernandes
  10. Natasha De Vere
  11. Nina Ciocarlan
  12. Peter Galbusera
  13. Sean Hoban
  14. Vaeceslav Ghenov

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