Inspire4Nature is a unique international research training programme on biodiversity conservation. Over a period of 4 years (2018-2022), we will train 15 Early-Stage Researchers to the PhD level, each one working on an individual research project at the interface between science and policy in the field of the conservation of biodiversity at the international scale. Students will furthermore benefit from an exciting network-wide training programme, including workshops, courses, and joint projects. This will give them hands-on experience in major conservation tools as well as a suite of transferable skills, including in communicating scientific results and conservation challenges to a broad audience.


An Innovative Training Network (ITN-ETN), Inspire4 Nature is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. It brings together a consortium of research centres, universities and international conservation organisations with a vast experience in the science and the practice of biodiversity conservation. The project is coordinated by the CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research). The consortium further includes six other Beneficiary organisations (Sapienza Univ., Univ. Copenhagen, UCL, FVB-IGB, HCMR, ISPA) and six Partners (IUCN, BirdLife International, WCMC, ZSL, NKUA, ISA), represent 8 countries in total (France, United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland).

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(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Research Domain
(CCRD 1) Aquatic Biodiversity
(CCRD 3) Human-Aquatic-Ecosystem Interactions
Funded by

European Commission (Horizon 2020)


French National Center for Scientific Research – CNRS (,

Sapienza Università di Roma (,

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (,

International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN (,

Zoological Society of London – ZSL (,

BirdLife International (,

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre - UNEP-WCMC (,

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – NKUA (,

Instituto Superior de Agronomia – ISA (,

ISPA - Instituto Universitário (,

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, HCMR (,

University College London – UCL (,

University of Copenhagen - UCPH (

Contact person

Jörg Freyhof

Project Coordinator
Working group
River Revitalization

Robert Arlinghaus

Research Group Leader
Working group
Integrative Recreational Fisheries Management

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