Creative ‘VrijMiBo’ V: ’Making ecology glocal’


with Mohamed Henriques & Anne Beaulieu
Sept 27 2023 (10:00-15:30)

BirdEyes (Zaailand 110 Leeuwarden)

Early this year, in April, Mohamed Henriques of BirdEyes, together with Prof. Anne Beaulieu of the Knowledge Infrastructure team from Campus Fryslan, hosted a first meeting to discuss the subject of equity in knowledge production and data availability in Ecology between low income and high income areas of the world. The main aim at that meeting was to create a space and opportunity where we could discuss this sensitive subject, and raise awareness about current inadequate practices in knowledge production in ecology that can and should be improved. 

The April meeting organically turned into an interesting discussion about the barriers, practices of concern, and their consequences in the point of view of researchers based on high income areas and working in projects and knowledge production in low income areas. Several real-life examples emerged from the discussion, and by the end of the session, it was clear that there was a wide scope for further exchanges and analysis on the subject. Most participants showed interest in joining for a follow up session. 

As such, BirdEyes and the Knowledge Infrastructure team from Campus Fryslan would like to invite you for a second meeting on this subject, where the focus will now be on discussing the barriers and solutions to a more equitable and Glocal (Global + Local) knowledge production and research framework. To help focus the discussions and also to generate real contributions to ongoing projects, we are going to use a few real-life examples as study cases, including the Godwit Life IP project that is currently connecting the agricultural lands of The Netherlands and Germany with West Africa, the Batumi Raptor Count Initiative, a volunteer-based monitoring program of raptor migration in Georgia, and a couple of West African coastal research and conservation projects funded by the MAVA Foundation, that included a consortium of European research groups from Portugal and The Netherlands. Depending on availability, we might also use the example of a Ray and Shark project in West Africa being developed by European researchers, including Dutch parties.

The meeting is scheduled to be held on the 27th September 2023, at BirdEyes Headquarters in Leeuwarden, between 10:00 and 15:30, including an informal lunch moment together where everyone is invited to bring their own food.

If you are interested and available to participate, please inform us ( so we can include you in the list of expected participants, and send you information about the final program closer to the date. If you know other people for whom this subject might be of interest, please feel free to share this event with them as well. 


In addition, we are currently organizing targeted work meetings, building on the traditions that we have developed during the Wadvogelwerk (Metawad-Waddenfonds), Kening fan ‘e Greide for many years, and the black-tailed godwit research in southwest Fryslân.

Centre for global ecological change at the University of Groningen

Birdeyes is a science and creative centre that views the world - almost literally - through the eyes of birds. More and more birds are flying around with tiny transmitters, loggers and other high technology on their backs and legs. This generates an unimaginable amount of information. By cleverly combining such data with other sources of information, and by using new ways to tell stories and share the insights with, BirdEyes strives to open up a new knowledge network. The centre aims to be an innovative part of the University of Groningen and is linked to the Rudolph Agricola School for Sustainable Development. BirdEyes, with empirical and inspirational roots in the farthest corners of the world.

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