After four years as Head of the LIFE unit, Philip Owen has just moved to become the Head of the Clean Air and Transport Unit. We are all grateful for his important contribution to LIFE during this period, and wish him the very best with his new Unit.
Until further notice, Joaquim Capitão is Acting Head of the LIFE Unit, and Anne Louise Friedrichsen is Acting Deputy Head of Unit. All correspondence should be addressed to Joaquim Capitão.
Following the success of the 2007 “European Bombina Song Contest”, the LIFE-Bombina project (LIFE 04 NAT/DE/000028) has announced a second edition for 2009.
On the 10th May, live recordings of different populations of B. bombina will be made in ponds in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Latvia and presented on the project website, where the public will be able to vote for thir favourite ‘songs’ (in a similar fashion to the popular, televised Eurovision Song Contest). Voting will possible either on the website and also on-site.
A sophisticated technical set up had to be developed in order to allow the recording and transfer of sound files from the festival locations.
The 2007 event received widespread media coverage in the participating countries, as well as elsewhere in Europe, and was reported on the main national TV news in Sweden, which won the first round.