Andreas Seiler (Grimsö Wildlife Research Station and the Swedish Biodiversity Center, both at the Swedish University of Agriculture) and Edgar van der Grift (Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Institute, Wageningen, The Netherlands) have been elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Scientific and Expert Committee of IENE for the next two years
Andreas participated in IENE and the COST-341 action as one of the Swedish delegates during 1995-2003 and was active in the reestablishment of IENE in 2008, when he was elected to the IENE Steering Committee and Secretariat. Andreas has been responsible for the development of IENE international conferences during 2010-2014. Since 2018, he has been active in the development of the new IENE foundation and assigned the chair of the interim IENE Scientific and Expert Committee. In the coming years, Andreas seeks to continue chairing this committee together with Edgar van der Grift and develop it into an active and recognized team within IENE.
Edgar van der Grift
Edgar van der Grift studied biology at Wageningen University and works as a senior research scientist at Wageningen University and Research Centre in The Netherlands. In his research he focuses on the impacts of habitat fragmentation on wildlife populations and the effectiveness of measures that aim to restore habitat connectivity, e.g., the establishment of landscape linkages, ecological corridors, ecological networks and wildlife crossing structures at roads and railroads. Besides his scientific research he acts as a consultant for policy makers, road planners and conservation groups during the preparation and implementation phase of projects that aim for the establishment of effective ecological networks and road mitigation measures. Edgar presents his research at (international) scientific conferences and symposia. Furthermore, he frequently acts as guest speaker during meetings with practitioners and the general public. He publishes his research in both scientific and popular-scientific journals and at internet fora. He also frequently presents research findings in the media, such as at national and regional TV and radio networks, and in newspapers. Edgar has been involved in IENE since it was founded in 1995. He has been a member of the Program Committee of the IENE International Conferences since 2010. In 2018 he was chairing that committee and as such part of the organising team of IENE 2018 International Conference.