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Foundations for the future


We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science by Prof Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia, in Canberra on 15 July 2014.

Our natural and managed ecosystems form the world we live, play and work in; the settings for our industry; and the distinctive natural heritage that characterises the Australian nation. However, growing human populations, continuing habitat loss, moving climate zones and increasing global competition for resources are applying unprecedented and cumulative pressures to Australian ecosystems. A strong and sustainable Australian ecosystem science enterprise is vital for understanding and securing these ecosystems in the face of current and future challenges.

Foundations for the future defines the vision and key directions for a national ecosystem science capability that will enable Australia to understand and effectively manage its ecosystems for decades to come. This document arises from extensive engagement across the diverse ecosystem science community over the last year, with more than 600 people across the country participating in surveys, workshops, and working groups that contributed to the final product. Thank you all for your efforts in bringing us to this point.

This launch is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements to date in developing Foundations for the future, and to look towards the next steps for its implementation.

We hope that many people from across the ecosystem science and management communities will attend and join in celebrating this occasion.

Click here to download the launch invitation, or read below for further details.


The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network,
Ecological Society of Australia, and
Australian Academy of Science


invite you to the launch of


Foundations for the future:
a long-term plan for
Australian ecosystem science


by Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia

Tuesday 15 July 2014
3:00 - 5:00pm

Including light refreshments, formalities commence 3:30pm

Glebe Room, Crowne Plaza
1 Binara St, Canberra


Please RSVP by Monday 7 July 2014 via EventBrite


Transport: Please note, road works are currently taking place outside of the Crowne Plaza. If you are driving to the launch event, the best way to access the hotel entrance is travelling to the hotel via Allara Street in a northerly direction. Please turn into the second hotel driveway on the right just before the 'road closed' barrier. Parking is also available at the National Convention Centre a short 2-minute walk away: http://www.nccc.com.au/attend/parking/