Prue Addison is a conservation scientist who is passionate about improving the use of science in decision-making. Prue’s career began with a strong ecological focus, investigating the dynamics of rocky intertidal reef communities in Australia. Since then her research has evolved, and she now works with government agencies, NGOs and the private sector on applied research projects that range from ocean management through to corporate biodiversity accountability. Prue’s work spans the science-policy-practice boundary spanning expertise, translating scientific research in support of strategic environmental and sustainability decisions on land and in the ocean.
Per Arneberg is a researcher with the Institute of Marine Research where he focuses on assessment of ecosystem conditions. He is the leader of the Advisory Group for Monitoring (The Monitoring Group), one of two advisory groups that were established to follow up on the work with comprehensice ecosysem-based management plans for the Norwegian marine environment. He is also one of two leaders of WGINOR, a group established within ICES to work on integrating ecosystem assessment of the Norwegian seas. He also now leads the work with the marine section for the development of a system for assessment of ecological status.
Sandra Hamel is an Associate Professor in Statistical Ecology at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Her main research interest lies at the interface between biology and statistics, with a particular focus on evaluating/developing statistical methods to quantify biological processes. She is applying these methods to improve inference and better quantify uncertainties of diverse biological processes, mostly relating to life-history, population dynamics, species’ occupancy, and conservation.
Rolf A. Ims is a professor of ecology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway whose work focuses on the effects of climate change on Northern ecosystems. Central in this work is the development of the ecosystem-based monitoring project COAT (Climate-ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra). He has previously lead several assessments of ecosystem monitoring programs and of the state of the Arctic ecosystem.
Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen is a professor of law at the Faculty of Law at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.
She is the dean of research at the Faculty of Law and deputy head of the KG Jebsen Center for the Law of the Sea at UiT. Jakobsen has publicationed extensively in the fields of marine law and international and national environmental law.
Andrew MacDougall is an environmental ecologist in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario, Canada. His research group tests how global environmental change affects fundamental ecological processes, at a range of spatial resolutions from local to global with study sites in North American prairie and the Swedish high arctic. Prior to academia, he worked seven years for government and non-government conservation organizations. One of his current research projects collaborates with farmers, testing methods that balance environmental sustainability with intensive agriculture with implications for both policy and practice.
Signe Nybø has been the head of research at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research since 2010. She has lead work on developing a proposal for the evaluation of ecosystem status (fagsystem for økologisk tilstand) and on the development of a natural resource index for Norway (naturindeks for Norge). She has also particpated in the work of NOU on nature’s benefits (naturens goder). Nybø worked for 12 years at the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management coordination the monitoring of biodiversity and developing programs related to water regulation.
Svein Vigeland Rottem (PhD) is a senior researcher at The Fridtjof Nansen Institute. His main research interests are within the fields of Arctic governance, maritime safety issues in the Arctic, science-policy interface, and the Arctic Council. He has published a number of articles in academic journals, book chapters and reports on these issues.
Christian Steel is a biologist and the Secretary General of Sabima – an environmental organization that works to stop biodiversity loss, and is an umbrella organization for the biological associations in Norway, including Norske Havforskeres Forening. Steel grew up near the sea in Arendal, has a Master’s degree in zoology from the University of Oslo, and enjoys spending his time in the field working with birds and insects. He is also greatly interested in connecting biological science, management, and politics, which he gets to fully explore at his job in Sabima – along with 12 dedicated collegues.
Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson is a professor of conservation biology at NMBU, but also an avid communicator of ecology to many audiences. Her writings can be found in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten ‘Viten og Klassekampens Naturligvis-spalta’ and in journals such as ‘Naturen’ or ‘Syn og Segn’. Anne has been a guest on the talkshow Lindmo and is often heard on the radio, such as as a guest panelist on the show ‘Abels Tårn’ where she answers questions about science from listeners. She is a sought-after lecturer on forestry and biomangfold, the value of nature, or the importance of insects. In March 2018, she published her book ‘Insectenes planet’ which has received a lot of attention and has been sold to 19 countries.
Vigdis Vandvik is a professor of plant ecology and the director of the bioCEED Centre for Excellence in Biology Education at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is actively involved in the science-policy interface both internationally and in Norway; e.g., as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) Europe and Central Asia report, a member of the Norwegian Science Committee for Food and Environment (VKM), and through serving on various expert committees for the Norwegian Biodiversity Facility (Artsdatabanken).