This call aims to support research on biodiversity through the use of the systematic review approach. It covers two themes : marine biodiversity and agricultural transition, in partnership with AGROPOLIS Foundation.

The call is now closed:

2 projects were selected by the steering and selection committee. 


Theme 1: InDySem Influence of ecological dynamics on production and demand for marine ecosystem services. A systematic review for decision-making. Project coordinated by Eric THIEBAUT, Sorbonne University, Paris (France)

Theme 2: Agri-TE (Agriculture Transition Evidence) Evidence-based synthesis of the impacts of agro-ecological transition at the global scale to support integrated modelling and decision-making. Project coordinated by Damien BEILLOUIN, CIRAD, Hortys, Montpellier (France)

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Systematic review - also called "evidence synthesis" - is an approach to knowledge synthesis. It consist in gathering as much knowledge as possible in response to a structured research question by following rigorous, predefined steps. It makes it possible to asset the current state of knowledge on a given theme, but also to highlight knowledge gaps and the disparity of results and methods, using explicit and reusable criteria.

Above all, it seeks to identify the most robust knowledge by indicating the degree of confidence in the results provided through a critical evaluation. Finally, it enables a synthesis to be produced which should give the user an idea of the state of knowledge and help him/her to decide: the systematic review can be used by decision-makers in sectoral or territorial policies in order to inform the final decision.

The systematic review benefits from a network of experts but also from a "label" of its quality using the criteria defined by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE)

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The FRB was created in 2008 and brings together public research organisations, environmental protection associations, space and biological resource managers and companies. The mission of the Foundation for Biodiversity Research is to support and act with research to increase and transfer knowledge on biodiversity. It is a focal point between science and society for the challenges facing biodiversity research today.

The FRB is the French focal point of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE), a reference organisation that promotes the conduct of systematic reviews in the environmental field, and of the European EKLIPSE project. 


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The CESAB (CEntre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity) was created in 2010 by the FRB to promote high-level research activities dedicated to the synthesis of ideas and data analysis in the field of biodiversity. Located in Montpellier, CESAB provides a place and time for experts of all nationalities, to collaborate and capitalize on existing data to answer a major scientific question. CESAB supports groups of international experts who synthesize ideas, concepts and data to significantly advance the knowledge front on key questions posed at all spatial or temporal scales in the general thematic field of biodiversity. Members of the CESAB groups share their expertise and pool available data to answer these questions.



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 Agropolis Foundation is a scientific foundation dedicated to research, training and innovation for the benefit of stakeholders in agriculture and sustainable development. Since 2011, it is hosting the Laboratory of Excellence "Labex Agro", supported by the “Investment Program or the future”, renewed for five years (2020-2024). It relies on a scientific network of international reputation, with more than 40 research units divided into five disciplinary fields: plant biology; biology of plants’ biotic interactions; agronomy and management of agro-ecosystems; sciences of food and non-food transformations; and human and social sciences: agriculture-society interactions.


Its main mission is to promote, through its network and its multi-stakeholder and international partnership, the agro-ecological transition in tomorrow's agriculture through three federating axes, in line with international conventions: climate change: adaptation and mitigation; conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; and sustainable production and consumption.





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