Young ES Specialists (YESS)


Aim: YESS is a new initiative, started by a group of young and/or early career ecosystem service specialists. The primary aim of the group is to stimulate an exchange of ideas, identify knowledge gaps and improve possibilities for training and capacity building in relation to ecosystem service science and practice. A second focus of this initiative is to develop ideas for ecosystem service related projects and elaborate these into funding proposals. This network aims to achieve actual co-operation, explore ideas for innovative research and to gain experience in proposal writing, project management and dissemination.

YESS executive team

  • Dandan Yu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Joao Rodrigues, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Neele Larondelle, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research & Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • Uzoma Ojike, Imperial College, London, UK

Outreach & communications

  • André Mascarenhas, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Samantha Scholte, Amsterdam Global Change Institute (AGCI), VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Journal club

Member administrator

Web design & content

  • Dieter Mortelmans, Institute for Nature and Forest Research (INBO), Belgium
  • Anne Böhnke-Henrichs, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Niels Jobstvogt, Berlin, Germany


Activities within this Group should be developed by YOU and can be manifold, e.g. share ideas about ‘hot topics’ within the ES-field that are in need of discussion, provide suggestions for summer schools (and maybe help organize them), inform each other of PhD-positions and other early-career opportunities, and anything else you can think of that would benefit our group.

Journal Club. We hold a monthly online meeting to discuss scientific papers or other topics related to ecosystem services. These meetings are an excellent way of getting to know each other personally and professionally. You can find more information on the Journal Club here.

Ecosystem Services Education Project. The concept of ecosystem services (ESs) is established in academia and natural sciences research, but rather unknown beyond. When it comes to decision-making on management of land and sea, ecosystem services can be a great tool to make people aware of the implications of different management options, to assist them in identifying their own stake and which provides them with the capacity to participate in decision-making. One way forward in building this capacity, is to promote the concept of ecosystem services to the wider public via education in schools in the form of an ESs education project. If you are interested in contributing to develop such a project, or if you are aware of funding opportunities, please contact Anne Böhnke-Henrichs or join our discussion (only available to registered YESS members).

Outreach and communications

Our Newsletter provides further information on our activities and the YESS network. Click here for all channels YESS uses for internal and external communication.

Involved ESP members and related networks and projects

If you want to join YESS, please send an email to Dario Zambrano Cortes.

To date, YESS has over 100 members with a combination of post-graduate students, early-career scientists and practitioners.