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András Báldi (Hungary) is general director at the Centre for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His „Lendület” research group on ecosystem services investigates the effects of land use and management on pollination, biological pest control and soil decomposition, both in farmland and forest ecosystems. Báldi has an influential role in conservation biology at the European level: he was president of the Society for Conservation Biology – Europe, and council member of the European Ecological Federation. He was chair of the organising committee of the first European Congress for Conservation Biology in 2006. Recently, Báldi is a member of the SCOPE - Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment, and was member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Báldi published nearly 200 peer-reviewed papers, including some in leading journals like Science, Nature Communications or Conservation Biology. He is editor to Conservation Letters and Environmental Evidence, among others. More information: www.okologia.mta.hu/en/Andras.BALDI