Helmholtz Research School ESCALATE

Upcoming ESCALATE colloquium

Past ESCALATE colloquia

ESCALATE colloquium


21st of May, 2015

Immo Fritsche (Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Leipzig) gave a talk entitled "WE make a difference: The social psychology of pro-environmental action" (UFZ-intern). Global environmental crises reflect the aggregated behavior of individuals. This is why efforts of explaining or solving these crises require psychology as the science of individuals' thinking and behavior. Individuals' pro-environmental behavior is often discouraged by perceptions of personal helplessness in face of a global problem that can only be solved collectively. Immo Fritsche gave a brief overview over common approaches in environmental psychology explaining individuals' pro-environmental behavior and presented empirical research (both experimental and correlational) on how people bridge the gap between personal helplessness and collective action, building on the unique human capacity to define the self in terms of a group ("we"). Specifically, he provided evidence, that social identity variables, such as perceived in group norms and collective efficacy beliefs predict people's general and specific (e.g., use of e-cars) pro-environmental intentions over and above personal cost-benefit analyses. Finally, Immo Fritsche discussed the relevance of these results for designing interventions to foster pro-environmental behavior.

ESCALATE colloquium


17th of March, 2015

Hugh Possingham (University of Queensland) gave a talk entitled "Spatial planning for conservation outcomes". The Possingham lab developed the most widely used conservation planning software in the world. Marxan was used to underpin the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef and is currently used in over 160 countries by over 5000 users – from the UK and USA to Madagascar and Brazil – to build the world’s marine and terrestrial landscape plans. Most recently Marxan was used to develop the biggest marine reserve system in the world – Australia’s federal marine reserve system. Hugh coauthored two scientific consensus statements that supported Australia’s new marine reserve system, that is a quarter the size of Europe. Many governments and ENGOs use his lab’s work for the allocation of funding to threatened species recovery and solving other conservation conundrums. He is an advocate of wise decision-making and an informal advisor to several governments.

ESCALATE colloquium


20th of November, 2014

Gretchen Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and is director of the Center for Conservation at Stanford University. In her talk Mainstreaming Natural Capital into Decision-Making: Frontiers in Research and Policy Gretchen Daily discusses a strategy for meeting this challenge and advances being made on three key fronts. The first is in characterizing the production of life-support services by ecosystems, in biophysical, economic, health, and cultural dimensions. The second frontier is the integration of this understanding into new, practical tools and approaches for use in high-leverage decision contexts. The third frontier is in policy and finance mechanisms now being implemented around the world.

A recording of the talk can be viewed online (UFZ internal).

ESCALATE colloquium


18th of September 2014

Andreas Dittrich and Michael Beckmann (UFZ) will present the results of the ESCALATE workshop on Temporal and spatial dynamics of ecosystem services in old cultural landscapes (HistES). In the colloquium we will present and discuss the methods and results of the workshop as well as the development and the supervision of the workshop concept.

Guy Ziv


30th of September, 2014

Guy Ziv (University of Leeds) will present his work on the Natural Capital Project and on the ecosystem service valuation tool InVEST. Guy is also available for individual meetings on the 30th of September and the 1st of October, please contact the coordinator of ESCALATE to set up an appointment.

Prof. Robert Paxton


13. May 2014

Prof. Robert Paxton from the Martin-Luther-University in Halle presented the results of his group's recent Nature publication "Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators." He also gave a few insights on the development of the paper and how he experienced the publication process in such a highly ranked scientific journal.

Prof. Alexandra-Maria Klein


19. March 2014

Alexandra-Maria Klein is Professor of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. She presented a talk on "Biodiversity and ecosystem services in changing landscapes" in an ESCALATE Colloquium. Alexandra-Maria Klein uses a functionalist approach to investigate the stability of ecosystems and the effects of landscape change on pollinators and in her talk she discussed the ecology of pollinators in cultural landscapes and their ecosystem functions and services.

Prof. Jörn Fischer


10. February 2014

Jörn Fischer is Professor of Sustainable Landscapes at Leuphana University Lüneburg and is one of the leading experts in sustainability science. His research aims at solving real-world sustainability problems and tries to re-thinks how these sustainability problems are framed and addressed in current research. In his talk he focused on the current scientific debate on land sharing vs sparing and will be related to one of his recent publications: "Land sparing versus land sharing: moving forward".

Prof. Henrique Pereira

17. December 2013

Prof. Henrique Pereira, who leads the working group Biodiversity Conservation at iDiv, gave a presentation on the "Understanding biodiversity patterns in complex landscapes: the countryside species-area relationship".

Prof. Ralf Seppelt

30. September 2013

ESCALATE Launch Colloquium

The launch colloquium of the Helmholtz Research School ESCALATE took place on September 30. About 50 participants joined the event. The two keynote speakers Aletta Bonn and Matt Walpole reported on the success and possible drawbacks of ecosystem service projects and on how a concept such as "Ecosystem Services" can really help to solve land management problems on the ground.

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ESCALATE Welcome Day
20th of April 2017, 9:30 - 16:00
Kubus Lecture Hall 1B

We invite all new and old ESCALATE PhD students to the first ESCALATE Welcome Day.

Upcoming ESCALATE colloquia

20th of April, 14:30,
Kubus Lecture Hall 1B

Steve Beissinger (University of California, Berkeley), 

24th of April, 14:00,
Kubus Lecture Hall 1CD

Mark Costello (University of Auckland, NZ) and Mike Gill (Canada)