Tragically John La Salle, Director for the Atlas of Living Australia, recently passed away.
The Ecosystem Science Council has developed a business case to raise the profile of long-term ecological research. This community-inspired proposal responds to one of the six key directions identified in Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science.
The Ecosystem Science Council launched a community-endorsed proposal for a national capability to reform current monitoring and prediction of changes in Australia's biodiversity and ecosystems.
Council has welcomed its incoming members in 2017, and has commenced its new year of work with a submission in response to the Draft National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
Registration is open to vote in the 2016 election of members to the Ecosystem Science Council. Anyone who identifies as part of the Australian ecosystem science and management communities can vote, but get in soon - voter registration closes at the end of October.
Do you want to play an active role in shaping and building a strong future for ecosystem science in Australia? Then consider nominating for the Ecosystem Science Council. Nominations for five new members of Council are open now, and will close 14 October 2016.
Submissions on the National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper are due by Friday 9 September. It's important for as many people as possible to make submissions, to ensure the needs of ecosystem science are heard through this process.
The Ecosystem Science Council is seeking your feedback on future ecosystem research needs to inform the national consultation towards the new Research Infrastructure Roadmap 2016. This is an opportunity to present the case for a fully mature ecosystem research capability that will deliver critical knowledge for the nation.
Expressions of Interest are now open to join a working group to 'Inspire a Generation' - one of the Key Directions of the Plan, aiming to inspire, inform and empower the general public with knowledge and understanding of Australian ecosystems.
The Ecosystem Science Council has written to the CSIRO Board to share the concerns of our community about the recently announced proposal to cut critical climate and ecosystem research.
The Ecosystem Science Council is now inviting EOIs for two new working groups who will help to advance progress towards two Key Directions: (1) Enabling Ecosystem Surveillance, and (2) Supporting Long-Term Research. We encourage you to get involved and have an impact on the future of Australian ecosystem science.
It's great to see more people getting involved in bringing the Plan to life - the Data Resources Working Group has just been announced, and Expressions of Interest have opened for the Ecosystem Surveillance, and Supporting Long-Term Research Working Groups.
The Ecosystem Science Council are pleased to share their first annual report to the community, covering the period from their formation in March 2015 until September 2015. The Annual Report outlines the progress made so far towards a nationally defined set of directions for ecosystem science, and the first actions taken to implement the shared community vision as outlined in Foundations for the future.
In recognition of our community's achievements in working together to develop the Plan, we've been awarded a Highly Commended in the International Association for Public Participation-Australasia's annual Core Values awards! The awards recognise outstanding projects in the field of public participation and community engagement.
The Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan has been shortlisted as a finalist in the International Association for Public Participation-Australasia's annual Core Values awards, which recognise outstanding projects at the forefront of public participation and community engagement. The winners will be announced in Perth in mid-October.
To help progress the 'Making the most of data resources' Key Direction, expressions of interest are invited to join a national Data Resources Working Group that will review infrastructure capabilities and requirements essential for getting the best value from our rich ecosystem data resources. EOIs can be submitted until 4 October 2015 - follow the link for details.
Your Ecosystem Science Council have relished the opportunity to get down to business and commence the work needed to make the vision of Foundations for the future a reality. Since their election in March, the new Councillors have immersed themselves in all things Foundations for the future, and are looking forward to continuing dialogue and action with the ecosystem science community.
The Ecosystem Science Council appreciates the warm welcome they've received from across the ecosystem science community, and looks forward to working with everyone to progress Foundations for the future. One enthusiastic supporter - Australia's Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network - recently sat down with Councillor Dr Steve Morton to extend their welcome and talk about the future for Australian ecosystem science.
Australia's inaugural Ecosystem Science Council has now been selected, through an inclusive process that enabled people across our community to participate. The 11 Council members come from a diversity of perspectives, experience, and locations across Australian ecosystem science and are looking forward to getting to work soon.
Registration to vote in the selection of the inaugural Ecosystem Science Council has now closed. Registered voters will be able to access information about the nominees from 24 February, and voting will be open from Monday 2 March - Friday 13 March.