LifeWatch ERIC in support of the SDG 2030 accomplishment

LifeWatch ERIC is the E-Science European (distributed) Infrastructure focused on how to measure the impact of Global Climate Change issues on Earth Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, which expected impact is to be a structuring tool for the European Research Area, also supporting policy decision making addressing Societal Challenges which demand scientific knowledge, including Citizen Science activities.

This mission is achieved by providing access to a multitude of data sets, e-Services & e-Tools enabling the construction and operation of Virtual Research Environments, which in turn provide the mechanisms for integrating data, software and computation as developed in pan-European cooperation, by means of the use of “state-of-art” ICT: Big Data, Deep Learning-AI and Blockchain (“LifeBlock”), among others. In fact, in order to accomplish SDG 2030 Agenda in synergy with Europe Green Deal, LifeWatch ERIC is supporting to understand the environment limits/ecosystem “resilience”, and therefore, relationships among Biodiversity & essential Ecosystem Services provision.

AGENDA 28 September 2020

  • Chair: Enrique Alonso-García
  • Rapporteurs: Juan Miguel González-Aranda & Christos Arvanitidis
  • “LifeWatch ERIC in a nutshell. Towards a new Biodiversity & Ecosystem Research HPBNs & brain-omics approach, and how RIs can assist accomplishment of the SDG 2030 targets” by Christos Arvanitidis, LifeWatch ERIC CEO [10-12’]

  • “Trending topics on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Scientific Research” by Alberto Basset, LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre Director [10-12’]

  • “A global legal perspective/approach on/to Biodiversity & Ecosystems regulatory frameworks for SDG 2030 accomplishment” by Enrique Alonso-García, Permanent Counselor of State at the Spanish Council of State Sections on Environmental, Rural & Marine Affaires and Science & Innovation [10-12’]

  • “Involving the socio-economics sectors: The perspective from Decision Makers, Companies & Innovators. Vision from EU-LAC stakeholders”:

  • – Federico Torres-Carballo, Vice-Minister at Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica [10-12’]
    – Fernando Amestoy-Rosso, President Latin American Division International Association of Science Parks & Areas of Innovation –IASP–, Chair of EU-LAC Research Infrastructures SOM, Pando Technological Pole Director-Uruguay [10-12’]

  • “Towards a new open science data vision of Biodiversity Informatics at global scale (GBIF, OBIS, RDA, …)” by Arturo H. Ariño-Plana, University of Navarra [10-12’]

  • “An innovative conceptual framework on e-Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services ICT to support the accomplishment of SGD 2030”, Juan Miguel González-Aranda, LifeWatch ERIC CTO & ERIC FORUM Executive Board member [10-12’]

  • Discussion [20-25′]

  • Concluding remarks [15′]

  • LifeWatch ERIC in support of the SDG 2030 accomplishment

    The event is finished.


    Sep 28 2020


    12:00 AM - 2:00 PM


    • Alberto Basset
      Alberto Basset
      Director of the LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre

      Alberto Basset is full professor of Ecology and pro-rector for Sustainability at the University of Salento and Director of the Lecce branch of the Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems of the National Research Council. He is the Director of the LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre and Manager of the LifeWatch-Italy JRU. His main research interests are in biodiversity organization and ecosystem functioning and services, with a focus on aquatic ecosystems, being author of more than 200 papers in ecological journals on these topics. In the European research community, he is a member of the Council and former President of the European Ecological Federation, current President of the Euro-Mediterranean lagoon Federation, and past President and member of the Board of the Italian Society of Ecology.

    • Arturo H. Ariño-Plana
      Arturo H. Ariño-Plana
      Professor of Ecology at the University of Navarra (UNAV)

      Arturo H. Ariño-Plana: He is Professor of Ecology at the University of Navarra (UNAV) where he also teaches Biodiversity Informatics, and lecturer on Environmental Sciences and Zoology at UNED in Spain. He is currently the director of the Department of Environmental Biology at UNAV and science director for its Museum of Sciences in Pamplona. His main research interest is environmental and ecological data science where he has been active for decades, developing early concepts for ecological and taxonomical databases. His current projects include the analysis of biodiversity data patterns at local and global scales, high-resolution air quality mapping, and natural history collections data mobilization. Arturo served in various positions with the Science Committee of GBIF and has long been associated to TDWG and RDA.

    • Christos Arvanitidis
      Christos Arvanitidis
      LifeWatch ERIC CEO

      Christos Arvanitidis LifeWatch ERIC CEO, Seville, Spain. Research Director, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, former head of the Biodiversity laboratory. Involved in >70 research and education projects, coordinated 10. With more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Associate and guest editor in several peer-reviewed Journals; reviewer in more than 45. Member of: Pool of experts and biodiversity drafting team of UN World Ocean Assessment; National expert on the GES Descriptor “Biodiversity” to EU (MSFD Implementation phase); ICES Task Group 6 working on the seafloor integrity (EU MSDF); Executive Board of MARS (European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations); Society for the Marine European Biodiversity Data (SMEBD); Editorial Board of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS); Scientific Advisory Council of the International Polychaete Association (IPA); Scientific Council of the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE).

    • Enrique Alonso-García
      Enrique Alonso-García
      Permanent Counselor of State, Kingdom of Spain

      Enrique Alonso García: Doctor of Law from the Complutense University of Madrid. Permanent Counselor of State and president of the Eighth section of the Council of State. Former Director General of Nature Conservation of the Ministry of the Environment. Grand Prix Spatial and Urban Planning of the European Commission and the European Association of Landscape Architecture for his work with the University of Harvard, Complutense University and University of Castilla-La Mancha on the planning of the old part of the city of Toledo. Prize I Chair Miguel Mateo of Mexico for his work on the planning of natural environments of historical sets.

    • Federico Torres-Carballo
      Federico Torres-Carballo
      Vice Minister at Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones in Costa Rica.

      Federico Torres-Carballo: Vice Minister Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones de Costa Rica. Leads the development of Science and Technology national public policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications. Representative in health and agriculture R&D national councils and international working groups in the areas of STI Public Policy, scientific research and the application of technologies for OECD, European Commission and International Atomic Energy Agency. Former consultant in economics and information technology for the Inter-American Development Bank, CAATEC, UNESCO, IDRC and others. Specialist in micro econometrics. Passionate about experimental analysis of decision making process and neuroeconomics. Ph.D. by Faculty of Economics from the University of Valencia, Spain. Postgraduate studies in Educational Technology at the University of Salamanca.

    • Fernando Amestoy-Rosso
      Fernando Amestoy-Rosso
      President Latin American Division International Association of Science Parks & Areas of Innovation –IASP–, Chair of EU-LAC Research Infrastructures SOM, Pando Technological Pole Director-Uruguay

      Fernando Amestoy-Rosso: Doctor in Biological Sciences (UDELAR), postgraduate diploma in Information Systems (UAS) and in Science, Technology and Innovation Management (UNGS). President of the Latin American Division at IASP – International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation. Coordinator of the Research Infrastructures Workgroup of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Since April 2012, is the Director of the Technology Pole of the School of Chemistry (UDELAR) ( and President of the Pando Science and Technology Park (Canelones, Uruguay) ( Chief Executive Officer (2007 to 2012) of the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII), Deputy coordinator of the Technological Development Program of the IADB-MEC (2002 to 2007) and previously Technical Director of the Uruguayan Institute of Fisheries (DINARA).

    • Juan Miguel González-Aranda
      Juan Miguel González-Aranda
      LifeWatch ERIC CTO & ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member

      PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise Management European Master. LifeWatch ERIC CTO & Spain Director. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member (ENVRI cluster), former Chair. July 2012-June 2018: HoU Nanomaterials & e-Science Spain Science & Innovation Ministry public officer. Ministry Delegate for: GBIF” (; European Commission: eIRG (; ESFRI ( & Open Science (Group European Data Experts GEDEResearch Data Alliance RDA; EOSC ( & EuroHPC (“Sherpa”, establishment; support Environmental ESFRI ( & related initiatives. European Structural and Investment Funds-RIS3 expert for ICT & ENV Research Infrastructures according to EU regions RIS3 & FP policies. EIT Climate Change KIC startup activities. November 2004-June 2012: Spanish Council for Scientific Research-CSIC: Technical Director at Doñana Natural Area Singular S&T Research Infrastructure; Contract Agent-Research Technologist EuroMediterranean & LAC projects. January 1998-October 2004: Researcher at University of Seville (biomechanics, digital image processing). Independent Consultant-ICT freelance Public & Private sector.