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Topic Centres

Topic Centres

Maybe you have a keen interest in nature and wildlife or possibly you are simply interested in the most recent research from Ecoscience. Maybe you are a committed teacher or an administrator responsible for land management or nature conservancy. The pages below are for citizens and specialists alike.

Ecoscience provides research-based consultancy services for government agencies and disseminates new knowledge to teachers. For example, you can read about the results of many years of monitoring nature in Denmark, find information about Denmark's endangered species and follow animal migration. You can also find information on your options to visit the department as a secondary school teacher with or without your pupils.

We also disseminate new knowledge and research results to the general public, and you can follow the news flow under “Currently

The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food has a number of topic centres under the nationwide monitoring programme on the aquatic environment and nature (NOVANA) of which four are run by the Department of Ecoscience that also undertakes part of the NOVANA monitoring activities.

Tasks of the topic centres

The topic centres ensure the collection, storage and quality assurance of monitoring data at a national level. The collected and stored data must be available at all times for all the parties involved in the  monitoring for use in national and international reports.

The topic centres carry out the following tasks under NOVANA:

  • Prepare technical specifications for sampling and storing data
  • Are responsible for nationwide data storage, quality assurance of data and data processing
  • Prepare nationwide scientific reports on various sub-topics
  • Organise intercalibration of sampling procedures and field methods
  • Collaborate with the Danish Nature Agency’s scientific coordination groups.