NOTIFICATION: Call for nominations of experts – Nexus and Transformative Change assessments.


Calling all experts

IPBES have published a call for experts from a very diverse range of backgrounds to assist with two assessments:

  • Nexus: a thematic assessment of the interlinkages between biodiversity, water, food and health
  • Transformative change: a thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and the determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity


Deadline: 6th September 2021 (for submission); 13th September 2021 (for approval)


Who can nominate an expert:

All Governments and relevant organizations or institutions are encouraged to submit nominations.

Interested experts wishing to be nominated by a Government are encouraged to contact their IPBES National Focal Point ( regarding any country-specific processes or deadlines and are requested to fill out their application form by 6 September 2021.


How to be nominated:

If support from a Government, relevant organization or institution has been obtained, nominees can complete the relevant application form and attach their curriculum vitae through the dedicated web portal using the following links:


  • The nominating Government or organization (Nominator) indicated by the Nominee will receive an email with a link to the nomination form and will be invited to approve and submit the nominations in the web portal;

  • Nominators and Nominees will receive a confirmation via email once the nomination has been duly submitted.

Nominators (Governments or organizations) are invited to approve the applications and submit their nominations by 13 September 2021. Early nominations ahead of the deadline are encouraged.

What background should experts have:

Nominated experts should have strong multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary expertise, expertise in one or more disciplines of natural science, social science or the humanities, be indigenous and local knowledge experts or have expertise in indigenous and local knowledge systems. IPBES also encourages policy experts and practitioners to apply. All nominees should have experience in working within interdisciplinary, international and/or global contexts. IPBES is particularly looking for experts with a scientific and/or practical background in:

  • For the nexus assessment: environmental, ecological, biological, economic, or social science research on interrelations among biodiversity (including terrestrial, marine, and freshwater) and one or more elements of the nexus—water, food systems, human health and climate change mitigation and adaptation including relevant aspects of the energy system. Relevant areas of expertise include agroecology; habitat restoration; sustainable resource management; systems analysis; land and resource tenure; natural resource governance; resource economics; distribution, equity and/or justice related to effects of policy or response options; indigenous knowledge of natural systems, ways of relating to them, and management options; behavioural and decision sciences; sustainable development; conservation planning and implementation; sustainable finance; water, sanitation and hygiene; integrated water resource management; watershed management; planetary health, One Health, or other integrated approaches to health; environmental determinants of infectious and non-communicable diseases; sustainable and nutritious food systems; biosafety; climate and health; climate change impacts; climate mitigation and adaptation options; energy and/or transportation infrastructure; energy system transformation; anthropology; urban and/or landscape planning and design; development, planning or implementation of policy, finance and/or other socio-political response options for sustainable futures; local, regional, or national management in sectors associated with the nexus; multi-objective planning, sustainable development scenarios and pathways analyses within the nexus sectors.

  • For the transformative change assessment: environmental, ecological, biological, economic, technological, social, cultural, political or behavioural science, as well as arts and humanities research related to transformative change needed for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human wellbeing, and sustainable development; indirect drivers of biodiversity change; development or use of scenarios and pathways of transformative change; the theory of transformative change and the role of transformative change in the context of different value systems and knowledge systems, worldviews and paradigms; the personal and philosophical dimensions of transformations; decision-making for, or implementation of transformative change at local, regional, national, or international scales.


Please share this call for experts widely!


For more background on these two assessments, you can watch these short videos:


Transformative change


The original notification is available on the IPBES webpage here.