The design of all activities in the network builds on an integration model that connects the three pillars and facilitates cross-links. Since energy, biodiversity and land-use as well as economic questions are closely linked, the project promotes the collaboration and common understanding between the fields. For instance, biomass use and biofuels as forms of renewable energy have severe impacts on ecosystems and their services as well as on the food system as such. Renewable energy became a market opportunity in a number of countries that require particular investment patterns and risk perceptions by entrepreneurs and firms. In order to expand on these interlinkages, the project develops the integration of the three pillers especially through.

  • annual conferences with all partner institutions of the network and differing thematic focus areas

  • the exchange of modules across different Master’s programmes of the three pillars

  • intensive discussions of all three subject fields on the concept of the integrated interdisciplinary PhD programme

  • stakeholder workshops addressing ecological, social and economic challenges of ecosystem changes including public authorities, communities and business representatives

  • Master´s and PhD students as well as researcher exchange

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