Ecosystem Science Council

Read on below for more information about what the Ecosystem Science Council is, and how the Council will be selected in 2018:


About the Ecosystem Science Council

One of the key directions outlined in Foundations for the Future identified the need for a new Ecosystem Science Council to offer leadership in implementing the Plan, and facilitating collaboration across the community:

FACILITATING COORDINATION, COLLABORATION AND LEADERSHIP A more collaborative and coordinated ecosystem science community including the formation of an 'Ecosystem Science Council' to offer leadership to implement the Plan, working with all relevant discipline areas, organisations, societies and professions.

The Ecosystem Science Council will work to advance the goals of Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science, working with all individuals, groups and organisations within the ecosystem science and management communities.

Foundations for the future offers an exciting blueprint for the future of Australian ecosystem science, and the Council has a vital role to play in helping transform this vision into a reality.

The Council will be made up of 11 people from a cross-section of the sectors and ecosystem science-related disciplines described in Foundations for the future. This group will work together to oversee the implementation of Foundations for the future, with four key responsibilities:

  • facilitating communication and coordination across the ecosystem science community
  • coordinating the delivery of activities outlined in Foundations for the future
  • seeking resources to support the delivery of activities outline in Foundations for the future, including the activities of the Council itself and other working groups
  • reviewing and evaluating progress towards the goals of Foundations for the future


Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference outline everything you need to now about the Ecosystem Science Council – what its role is, how it will work, what its membership will look like, and how it will be formed. You can read the Terms of Reference for the Council here.

These Terms of Reference were developed by a special reference group of 27 people from across Australia, who took up the open call for participation in this reference group. The inaugural Council was formed in early 2015. The Terms of Reference highlight that each two years, approximately half of the places on Council should be opened for election. Read below for more about this process.


How will the Council be selected?

Council members are selected through a two-part process:

  1. An open vote for the candidates by registered voters throughout the Australian ecosystem science community. This vote is used to identify the first half of the required members of the Council (in 2018, the vote will determine four of the five member places available).
  2. After this, to help ensure diversity and balance across the Council, the sitting Council* will identify the final two members from amongst the remaining candidates.

You can read more about the selection process in the Terms of Reference.

This process was chosen to ensure there is openness and transparency in selecting Council members, and to ensure the Council has the support and mandate of the wider ecosystem science community.

The vote itself occurs 19 - 23 November 2018. See below for timeline.

[*NB - this step will only involve continuing and departing members of Council. If any Council members are re-nominating through the election process, they will not participate in this step.]



Nominations for the Ecosystem Science Council open on Monday 1 October and close on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Anyone from the Australian ecosystem science community is invited to self-nominate to become a member of the Council.

Click here to find out more about the nomination process.


Voter registration

Voter registration opens on Monday 1 October and closes on Friday 9 November 2018.

Anyone who identifies as a part of the Australian ecosystem science and management communities is invited to register to vote in the selection of Council members. Registered voters will be provided with information about the nominees at least one week prior to the vote, and will vote using a secure online election process.



The 2018 Ecosystem Science Council election will run from October - December 2018.