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bioDISCOVERY has a simple governance structure that enables efficient implementation of its activities. It also promotes integrative and interdisciplinary activities. The central governing body of bioDISCOVERY is the Scientific Committee (SC-bioDISCOVERY) nominated by the DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee on a proposition from the SC-bioDISCOVERY. It meets annually and decides upon policy and future research.

The decisions of the SC-bioDISCOVERY and the coordination of the project's activities are undertaken by the international project office (IPO).


Scientific Committee

The role of the SC-bioDISCOVERY  is to oversee the activities of bioDISCOVERY. The SC-bioDISCOVERY engages the international community in embracing, and implementing the goals of bioDISCOVERY. It provides scientific guidance in the development and implementation of the tasks outlined in the project's scientific strategy, especially in simulating the development of research networks and activities centred around the three research foci (see also implementation). It also links bioDISCOVERY activities to the other DIVERSITAS' projects, and to other national and international programmes (for example, the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research, FRB).

The committee encourages governments, regional funding agencies and other donors to support bioDISCOVERY related research at national, regional and international level, and provides expert advice on the formulation of biodiversity policy and conservation management, for example through the technical report supporting the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 (GBO3) of the CBD.

Appointed Members

Katrin Böhning-Gaese

Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Germany

Dominique Bachelet

Conservation Biology Institute, USA

William Cheung

William Cheung

Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada

Paul Leadley, Chair

Université Paris-Sud, France

Peter B. McIntyre

University of Wisconsin, USA

David Obura

Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (Cordio), Kenya

Henrique Pereira

Henrique Pereira

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Matt Walpole

Matt Walpole

Ecosystem Assessment Programme, UNEP-WCMC, UK

Olaf Weyl

South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), South Africa

Moriaki Yasuhara

University of Hong Kong, China


Ex-officio Members

  • Georgina Mace, NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College, UK
  • Harold Mooney, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, USA
  • Robert Scholes, CSIR – Environmentek, Natural Resources and Environment, South Africa


Past Members

  • Rob Alkemade, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), The Netherlands
  • Miguel Araujo, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain
  • Neville Ash, UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, Kenya
  • Gregory Asner, Stanford University, USA
  • Mark J. Costello, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Max Finlayson, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Norbert Jürgens (Co-Chair), University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Sandra Lavorel, Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, CNRS, France
  • Terry Parr, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), UK
  • Jon Paul Rodrigues (Co-Chair), Centro de Ecologia, Venezuela
  • Jorge Soberon, University of Kansas, USA
  • Woody Turner, Earth Science Division, NASA, USA

International Project Office

bioDISCOVERY activities are supported through the international project office. The IPO is, along with the SC-bioDISCOVERY, responsible for engaging the international community, establishing networks, coordinating activities, and monitoring progress in the implementation of bioDISCOVERY worldwide. It also communicates the results of bioDISCOVERY activities through reports and publications.

The IPO is hosted at the Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution (ESE) of the Université Paris-Sud 11 at Orsay, France, and at the DIVERSITAS Secretariat in Paris, France. The Science Officer position is funded by various research grants.


Science Officer


Cornelia Krug

c/o Laboratoire Ecologie, Systèmatique et Evolution (ESE)

Université Paris-Sud XI

91405 Orsay Cedex

Tel: +33 1 69 15 64 78

Email cornelia.krug_at_u-psud.fr

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