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Europe Section Board Information


Current Board Members

Bengt Gunnar (Bege) Jonsson, President
Dept. of Natural Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sweden

Bege Jonsson is a plant ecologist with a PhD from Umeå University he earned in 1993. Since 2002 he has worked as a teacher and researcher at Mid Sweden University. His goal is to contribute a better understanding of forest ecosystems with a focus on the importance of biodiversity as an ecosystem service provider and for its own intrinsic values.

Anna Varga Member-at-Large
Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, (Treasurer)
Institute of Ecology and Botany, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Vácrátót, Hungary

Catarina Campos Ferreira, Secretary 
Guest Scientist, Department of Conservation Biology, UFZ - Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany

Catarina is a terrestrial ecologist with a PhD from IREC-UCLM (Spain) awarded in 2011, and extensive international research experience. She is mostly interested in advancing our understanding of the impacts human-driven threats have on biodiversity (such as land use changes, overexploitation and climate change), using mammals as model systems and a mix of state-of-the-art statistical approaches.
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Stefan Kreft, Board Member and Policy Committee Chair
Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany

Francisco MoreiraMediterranean Committee Chair
CIBIO/InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal

Francisco is a biologist, researcher at the CIBIO – University of Porto, Portugal. His research interests include fire ecology, biodiversity in agricultural and forest landscapes and the impact of linear infrastructures (power lines, roads) on biodiversity. He is the coordinator of the Mediterranean Ad Hoc Committee and a member of the SCB-Europe Policy Committee.

Gabor L Lovei, Board Member

Department of Agroecology, Flakkebjerg Research Centre, Aarhus University, Slagelse, Denmark

Jonas Geldmann, PhD Member-at-Large
Research fellow, University of Cambridge

Jonas Geldmann is a research fellow at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, working on the effectiveness of protected areas, particularly the role of resources and management in shaping conservation outcomes. He is the co-chair of the IUCN WCPA specialist group on Management Effectiveness and has a PhD (2014) from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Maylis Desrousseaux, Member-at-Large
Associated researcher to the Environmental law institute, Lyon, France

Petra Mihalic, Communication Committee Chair
Master of LA, MPhil
Senior conservation officer, Public service authority Zagreb

Petra has extensive professional experience in nature conservation sector promoting integration of biodiversity considerations into projects, plans and programs. She is also working on Natura2000 ecological network, ensuring application of EU Birds and Habitats Directives. She is very interested in assessing the contribution of conservation areas outside formal protected areas to wildlife status and sustainable natural resource management. Petra is highly motivated in helping creating better more justice societies where nature and biodiversity is valued.

Stefan Kreft

Teuta Skorin Association  Membership Committee Chair
"Lijepa nasa", International Eco-Schools Programme, Zagreb, Croatia

Future Members

If you are interested in being a member of the Europe Section Board you must be a member of SCB and a member of the Section. Generally 2 to 4 board members are elected annually. The Call for Nominations goes out in September or October and the election runs in October or November. Each year section members receive an email about the open positions and the start of the election process. For more information about getting involved with this board, please contact a board member




The SCB-ES bylaws outlines the procedure for the sections governance.

Bylaws (current version not yet adopted)

Strategic plan:

To complement the revision of the Strategic Plan of the Society, the Europe Section develops its own strategic plan in order to address European challenges.

Strategic plan 2011- 2015 (pdf)

Board Member Agreement:

Being a member of the SCB-ES involves taking responsibility for the development of the section. The Board Member Agreement outlines the expectations on Board members.

BoD ES agreemeent

Annual reports:

Annual report 2013