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The BEO (Biodiversity Exploratories Office) coordinates the overall project and is based at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt am Main. It is the central interface between all scientists inside and outside the platform, politicans, the authorities, media and the interested public.

The BEO is therefore the main point of contact for enquiries of all kinds, including requests for cooperation or data use. In addition to the central coordination of the research work, the support of the steering committee and the administration, public relations work is an essential task of the coordination office. This includes, among other things, the design of the website, the preparation of the internal newsletter, press work and the creative development of information materials. It also organises and coordinates the annual general BE Assembly with over 40 projects and more than 200 participants, as well as various internal training workshops on relevant research methods and social skills.

Another concern of the BEO is to support young researchers in their work and improve networking. To this end, we have established an exchange programme between collaborating working groups and an internal platform mentoring programme. We also organise regular career support workshops. Furthermore, the office is responsible for gender equality measures in the project and provides special funding opportunities for female scientists.

In addition, the BEO works closely with the teams of the local management (LMTs),the Central Data Management, and the Knowledge Transfer Project to optimise internal processes and to prepare scientific information for stakeholders such as landowners and practitioners, administrations and authorities. Articles and brochures in German and knowledge transfer tools are being produced, and supra-regional workshops are being offered. These are intended to bring the scientific work closer to the various target groups.

Task overview of the Central Coordination Office (BEO)

Central Coordination Office (BEO)

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
Biodiversity Exploratories
Postal address: Mertonstraße 17-21
60325 Frankfurt

Visitor address: Georg-Voigt-Str. 14-16
60325 Frankfurt
Phone: 069 7542 1879
E-Mail: beo@senckenberg.de

Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer
Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer
Universität Bern
Speaker, Biodiversity Exploratories; Project leader, core project BEO, LMT Schorfheide, Botany and Synthesis<br />
Dr. Victoria Grießmeier
Dr. Victoria Grießmeier
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Scientific coordinator
Anja Hoeck
Anja Hoeck
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Project assistant in public relations and event management
Erika Hipke
Erika Hipke
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Project assistant in administration
Sophie Peter
Sophie Peter
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Project assistant in public relations and networking
Natalia Conopliova
Natalia Conopliova
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Project helper in data maintenance and website
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