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.
Dates have been confirmed for the selection of the first Ecosystem Science Council, with the open vote for Council members occurring in early March. There's still time to register to vote if you haven't yet!
Nominations for the inaugural Ecosystem Science Council have now closed, but voter registration has been extended until Sunday 15 February. If you'd like to play a role in selecting your Council, then register to vote now!
Nominations for the Ecosystem Science Council, along with registration to vote in the Council election will close on Sunday 8 February 2015, so nominate and/or register now to take your part in forming Australia's inaugural Ecosystem Science Council!
We are excited to announce that the selection process for the inaugural Ecosystem Science Council has now begun! All of the Australian ecosystem science community - including you - are invited to participate in an open vote for Council members, which will take place in early 2015. Read more for details on how you can register to vote and/or nominate to be a member of the Council.
Over the coming years there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in bringing the Plan to life. Right now you can be involved by telling us about activities, projects or programs you're involved in that are already taking action towards the six key directions of the Plan.
We're looking forward to catching up with the ecological community at this year's Ecological Society of Australia Conference in Alice Springs in September. If you're coming, make sure you say hi, pick up a copy of the Plan, and find out how to get involved in implementing the Plan!
We're looking for people to join a new special reference group to contribute to the formation of the new Ecosystem Science Council. This is another chance for people to contribute to shaping the future of Australian ecosystem science, and just one of many ways that people can get involved in bringing the Plan to life.
Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science was launched by the Chief Scientist, Prof Ian Chubb AC, in July 2014. The event drew people together from across the Australian ecosystem science community to celebrate the collaborative development of the Plan and discuss the next steps in implementing the Plan.
Media release, 15 July 2014: The first national strategy for ecosystem science, to underpin Australia’s future growth, sustainability and prosperity, will be unveiled in Canberra today. The plan aims to ensure that in 2035, Australia’s managed and natural ecosystems will remain in as good a shape to support the industries, native wildlife, landscapes and community wellbeing in the future as they are today.
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.
Throughout the town hall and online submission process, we've received 90 proposals for strengthening and enhancing ecosystem science in Australia. These proposals are now available for download - take a look to see what your community is thinking about for the future.