YESS is an initiative started by a group of early career researchers (ECR) on the field of ecosystem services. 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. This network aims to achieve actual co-operation, explore ideas for innovative research and to gain experience in critical thinking and science communication.
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To date, YESS has over 500 members with a combination of post-graduate students, early-career scientists and practitioners.
Distribution of YESS members in January 2018
YESS Executive Team
- Nina Kaiser, University Duisburg-Essen & University of Applied Science Trier, Germany
- Giovanni Ávila-Flores, Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, La Paz BCS, México
Activities & Working groups (WG)
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.
Currently, we have members actively engaging in a diverse set of activities: e.g., a journal club, meet-the-author online events, a delegation for the next IPBES general assembly, a newsletter, organizing YESS sessions at ESP conferences, …
WG Outreach & Communications
- André Mascarenhas, Humboldt University Berlin & Natural History Museum Berlin, Germany
- Carla Eliff, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil.
- Klara J. Winkler, McGill University, Canada
Every second month, we have online conversations with authors of key papers in the ecosystem services field. The meetings take 60 minutes and give us as early career researchers the opportunity to ask questions in a more informal setting. Read more about the last meet-the authors here.
WG Journal Club
We have online meetings 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.
- position is vacant
WG External Relations
External Relations is dedicated to initiating and sustaining involvement with networks of researchers, NGOs and policymakers. The goal of the working group is to provide opportunities for YESSers to participate in initiatives with other young professionals from diverse backgrounds. These collaborations will enable YESSers to broaden their network and strengthen their skills in aspects such as science communication, team work, project management, or event preparation. YESS is an institutional member of INNGE – International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists. YESS is part of Future Earth’s Early Career Researchers Network of the Networks
- Nada Saidi, University of Dundee, UK
WG ESP Conferences
- 3rd ESP Europe Conference. Nina Kaiser
- 3rd ESP LAC Conference. Albaluz Ramos Franco, Pedagogical and Technological University, Colombia.
- ACES-ESP Conference. Helina Jolly, University of British Columbia, Canada.
YESS delegation to IPBES
Online resources and training
An overview of online resources on ecosystem services can be found on the pages of ES Partnership. Click here!