Regional Youth Workshop on IPBES for Europe and Central Asia 2023
The role of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. The engagement of young people in the work of IPBES is very relevant to support the uptake of assessments among young people, other individuals and organizations.
During the workshop we will learn about IPBES processes and products and explore options for youth engagement in IPBES activities. Special emphasis will be given to the Nature Futures Framework, a concept developed by the IPBES scenarios and models task force based on the IPBES Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016).
The youth workshop will bring together 25 participants from Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia who are actively engaged in work on biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature conservation (including climate change issues or transformative change processes). We aim to achieve disciplinary, gender and geographic balance when selecting candidates.
The workshop is organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with support from the IPBES Technical Support Unit on Capacity-building and contributions from members of the IPBES fellowship programme and task force on scenarios and models.
Support for travel, meals, and accommodation will be provided to all participants by the Government of Germany.
Participation for successful selected applicants only.
Interested candidates are requested to submit an application form, including a statement of motivation, as well as a nomination form filled out by their nominating network/organisation or their national government by 20 August 2023. Candidates are invited to complete the application form through the dedicated web portal. Please note that the application form is in English only, as the workshop will be held in English. The nominating Government, organization or institution indicated by the candidate has to approve their nomination in the same web portal and send it to the candidate for submission. Candidates will get an acknowledgement of receipt via email once the application has been duly submitted. Please note that an application is only considered complete if it includes the nomination.
Application process and selection criteria
The application process consists of two parts:
- Candidates are invited to complete the application form (including a statement of motivation.
- Candidates need to be nominated by a Government or their organization/network (nominator). The nominator has to complete the nomination form.
Candidates are invited to complete the application form (see below) and to submit it in addition to a nomination form (see below) approved by their national Government/their organization/network by 20 August 2023.
Only complete applications complemented by a nomination form which are submitted before the deadline will enter the further selection process.
Once you have submitted your application and the nomination, we will confirm its receipt.
Successful candidates need to:
Be between 18-30 years of age
- Be a national from one of the following countries (Reflecting the scope of the IPBES regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia):
- Western European countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Central European countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia and Turkey
- Eastern Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine
- Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
- Be actively engaged in work on biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature conservation (including climate change issues or transformative change processes)
- Be nominated by a Government or an organization/network via a nomination form
- Be committed to participate in person in the youth workshop. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the workshop and to report on its outcome and on the work of IPBES to their home institutions and other relevant organizations and networks
- Have very good speaking, reading and writing skills in English as the workshop will be held in English
- Have demonstrated ability to respectfully interact with people from other disciplines and work effectively and efficiently in a multicultural team.
Please note that the application form is in English only and needs to be filled out on your computer (no handwriting!) with Latin letters, otherwise it cannot be transferred to our database. Please save the final form in pdf format using the following filename systematic:
- Surname of the applicant-First name-application.pdf and send it (together with the nomination form, see below) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The statement of motivation, which is part of the application form should cover the following points (max. 2500 characters):
- A brief introduction to the candidate's past and ongoing work on biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature conservation (which may include also climate change issues or transformative change processes) within and outside the nominating organization or network and the candidate's motivation for this engagement
- The candidate's relevant network (organizations, individuals etc.) and expertise that the other youth workshop participants could benefit from
- A short and personal description why the candidate wishes to participate in the workshop, what they can contribute to it, and how they and their organization/network could benefit from it personally and professionally
- Any information that demonstrates abilities expected from successful candidates listed above
Please note that the nomination form is in English only and needs to be filled out on a computer (no handwriting!) with Latin letters, otherwise it cannot be transferred to our database. The completed form needs to be saved in pdf format using the following filename systematic:
- Surname of the applicant-First name-nomination.pdf
- The nomination form should be sent back to the applicant, who submits it together with the application form via e-mail to email@example.com
Governments, and youth organizations and networks engaged in work on biodiversity/ecosystem services and nature conservation (including climate change issues or transformative change processes) can nominate a candidate with the qualifications set out above (in section "Successful candidates need to") to participate in the youth workshop. International or regional youth organizations and networks can nominate up to five candidates from their own organization/network, but only one candidate can be nominated per country. Nominators have to provide a nomination form for each candidate. This form has to be signed and should state specific reasons why the candidate is being nominated, preferably addressing the following points (max. 2000 characters):
- Brief information on the work of the candidate's organization/network in supporting engagement of younger generations in topics related to biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as nature conservation (including climate change issues or transformative change processes)
- The candidate’s role and contributions (past and ongoing) in its youth organization/network
- How the candidate's youth organization/network will benefit from participation in the youth workshop
- How the nominator will facilitate and support the successful applicant in sharing their experience from the youth workshop within the organization/network
Note for applicants from Germany: the German government will not nominate any candidates. Thus, German applicants need to be nominated by their organization/network.
Suitable candidates are selected by an independent selection committee, based on the above-mentioned criteria with a view to achieving disciplinary, gender and geographic balance.
All candidates will be notified of the results via e-mail by BfN.