IENE is governed by its General Assembly. The Governance Board is elected by the General Assembly and operates the network on a daily basis. The Scientific and Expert Committee oversees the network’s activities related to technical issues. An Executive Secretariat hosted by the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity in Paris supports the work of the Governance Board and Scientific and Expert Committee and the implementation of IENE activities.
The General Assembly of members is the highest authority of IENE. It elects the members of the Governance Board and approves the IENE’s strategy and policies. It approves the IENE annual activity and financial reports and the IENE annual budget, and fixes the bi-annual membership contribution on the proposal of the Governance Board.
The Governance Board is the decision-making body of IENE in the period between the General Assembly meetings.
It leads the network, develops the overall strategy for IENE activities and projects and is responsible for fundraising for IENE core activities. Members of the Governance Board include members from the founding partners as well as members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms.
Elke HahnWork at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Department of Roads – Planning and Environment
Chair of IENE
Field of expertise: Environmental Impact Assessment, mitigation, wildlife and roads
Adam HoflandNational Coordinator of National Defragmentation Program at Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Field of expertise: wildlife crossings, mitigation measures, animal vehicle collisions, maintenance, landscape planning, landscape architecture, communication.
Anders SjolundSenior expert in the National Biodiversity Coordination at the Swedish Transport Adminsitration.
Field of expertise: Ecology, nature conservation, environmental mitigation at infrastructure planning, building and maintenance
Chair of Infrastructure and Ecology Network Europe (IENE) from 2009 to 2022.
Toine MorelSenior consultant at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Field of expertise: Biodiversity, vegetation, management, grassland management, population ecology, birds, the influence of nitrogen and fertilizers upon vegetation structure and composition, effects of noise, habitat loss and fragmentation, fauna facilities in relation to infrastructure
Yannick Autret Transport and environment research expert at the French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Secretary of ITTECOP Research Programme (Infrastructures, Ecosystems and Landscape)
Field of expertise: environmental impacts of transport (vehicles and infrastructure) – noise, pollution, landscape and biodiversity
Lazaros GeorgiadisBiologist and Environmental consultant
Field of expertise: large carnivores, mitigation measures, environmental policy, nature conservation, education
Marita BöttcherScientific counselor at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Department: Mitigation Impact Regulation, transport and planning
Field of expertise: fragmentation (also indicators), planning (SEA; EIA; MIR), other impacts: artificial lightning, noise, small species
Scientific and Expert Committee
The Scientific and Expert Committee gathers about twenty individuals recognized for their scientific or technical expertise on a wide range of topics related to the IENE activity.
It is appointed by the IENE Governance Board upon suggestions from the General Assembly. It aims to be gender, geographically and disciplinary balanced.
The Scientific and Expert Committee aims at securing a high standard of scientific and practical expertise in questions concerning ecology and transportation infrastructure within IENE.
Andreas SeilerPhD, senior researcher, ecologist at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
Long experience with wildlife and traffic related research.
Areas of expertise: roads; railways; airports; ecology; energy; economy
Marguerite TrocméHead of the Environment Department at the Federal Roads Office (Astra)
FEDRO Federal road office Switzerland,
Head of environmental technology
Biologist and environmental engineer has been working since 1987 on transport infrastructure and biodiversity issues,
Areas of interests: roads, railways, energy with an emphasis on fauna passages and green area management
Yun WangResearcher professor at China Academy of Transportation Sciences Research
Field of expertise: road ecology, road engineering, landscape and ecological interactions of roads and wildlife, landscape fragmentation and transport ecology
Areas of interest: roads; railways; social sciences and humanities; ecology; learn from Europe, promote road ecology advancing in Asia
Wendy CollinsonProgramme Manager: Endangered Wildlife Trust – Wildlife and Transport Programme at Endangered Wildlife Trust
Field of expertise: Roads, Rail, Wildlife-Mortality, Connectivity, Camera Traps, Road/rail kill mitigation
Areas of expertise: Roads; Railways; Airports; Energy; Ecology
Caryl Buton Expert consultant
Field of expertise: fragmentation of natural habitats by infrastructures, AVC – animal-vehicle collision mitigation (highways and railroads), emerging “fence ecology”, right-of-way management, practical technical management issues
Areas of interest: Roads; Railways; Ecology; fence ecology;
Denis FrançoisResearch Director
Field of expertise: Environmental engineering. Biodiversity. Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Land planning. Transport infrastructures. Civil engineering.
Areas of interest: Roads; Railways; Watercourse; Ecology; Energy; Social sciences and humanities.
Antonio MiraResearcher at the Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources – Pole of Évora
Organiser of the IENE 2020 International Conference “LIFE LINES”
Field of expertise: Impact of linear infrastructures in the mediterranean region (Alentejo)
Areas of interest: Roads; Railways; Watercourse; Energy; Ecology.
Federico Morelli Associate Professor in Czech University of Life Sciences
Field of expertise: Urban ecology, road ecology, agro-ecology, animal behavior, conservation biology, ecological indicators.
Areas of interest: Ecology, biogeography, biodiversity conservation, road networks effects on biodiversity.
Cristian-Remus Papp Wildlife and Landscape National Manager WWF Romania
Field of expertise: Ecology, wildlife conservation, nature conservation, landscape planning, protected area management, project and programme development and implementation
Areas of expertise: Roads; Railways; Social sciences and humanities; Ecology; Transdisciplinarity, stakeholder engagement, policies/strategies
The Executive Secretariat sits at the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity in Paris, France.
The Executive Secretariat supports the Governance Board and Scientific and Expert Committee in their missions, contributes to the implementation of the IENE strategy and activities and manages the administration of IENE.
It works also as a facilitator for IENE events, including support to IENE international conferences, workshops and training sessions.
IENE Executive Secretariat
Fondation pour la recherche sur la biodiversité
195 Rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, FRANCE
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