Workshop trilateral research agenda and Wadden Sea science-policy matrix

At the 2010 trilateral Wadden Sea Conference (Sylt, Germany) the governments of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands agreed that a trilateral research agenda should be developed. This was worded as follows:

40. Aware that an acceleration of global change entails unprecedented effects on the geomorphology and biodiversity of the Wadden Sea ecosystem, and that in order to be able to cope with these changes, a joint interdisciplinary research agenda for the protection of natural values and the development of sustainable use perspectives in a changing world is needed.

41. Support the establishment of a trilateral research platform preferably directly connected with existing national networks. The platform will elaborate a trilateral agenda for policy-relevant research in consultation with the Board, based upon the QSR analysis and the outcome of the scientific symposium, and initiate trilateral research projects, explore financing possibilities, and communicate the outcome with the Wadden Sea Board.

Several activities have been undertaken by the Dutch Wadden Academy and the CWSS to develop a trilateral research agenda, including the organisation of a  trilateral workshop in December 2009 in Hamburg and the 13th Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium 2012 in Leeuwarden.

At its meeting in March 2013, the Wadden Sea Board has requested the Wadden Academy to present an overview of most pressing policy issues in relation to the availability of relevant information. Following this request the CWSS and the Wadden Academy have developed a first draft of a so-called “science-policy matrix”, in which policy relevance and knowledge availability have been integrated. Policy relevance is indicated by the size of the boxes in the cells and availability of knowledge by three colours. The idea behind the matrix is based on the concept applied by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,  presented at the latest scientific Wadden Sea Symposium (ISWSS-13).

In June 2013 the first draft matrix has been distributed to a targeted group of experts in order to obtain a first impression of its relevance and usability. The matrix has also been discussed by the Trilateral Monitoring and Assessment Group and the Task Group Management and was presented to the Wadden Sea Board at the end of June 2013.

With the aim of broadening the discussion about the matrix as a suitable instrument for developing a trilateral research agenda, we invite you to participate in a trilateral workshop, which will be held on 20 November from 11.00 – 16.00 hours at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), Delmenhorst, Germany, (

The workshop is intended for scientists, policy makers and managers. The workshop will consist of a plenary introductory part, followed by parallel sessions on ecology/geomorphology/water and socio-economy/cultural history. The workshop will be concluded with a final plenary session. Participants will be invited to discuss the concept of the science-policy matrix as a suitable instrument for developing a trilateral research agenda, as well as to critically review the entries in the matrix.

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Registration deadline 25 October 2013

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