Nominations for Ecosystem Science Council now open!

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.

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Tell us about your work

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.

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See you at ESA 2014!

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!

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Help to form the Ecosystem Science Council

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.

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Launch is a first step to the future

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.

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Science plan to underpin Australia's future prosperity

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.

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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.

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Proposals available to download

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.

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The people behind the Plan (that's you!)

Collaboration and active involvement have been central to the development of the Plan. It's great to see just how many of you - over 650 people - have taken the opportunity to get involved and have your say on the future of ecosystem science. Your contributions have provided the firm foundations for our future.

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Let the drafting begin!

With the main consultation phase wrapping up, work has now commenced on drafting the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan. A working group this week commenced their review of the wealth of material submitted from across Australia for the plan, to identify the key priorities for using ecosystem science to maintain healthy and productive ecosystems for the future of Australia.

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Survey report now available

They say a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, and the journey of consultation towards the ESLTP began with an open online survey from Nov 2013 - Jan 2014. The survey report is now available, providing useful insights into the needs, challenges and priorities of the Australian ecosystem science and management community.

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Strengthening science for Australian ecosystems

Strengthening science for Australian ecosystems Media release 27 March: Today in Canberra scientists, environmental managers, students, policy makers and others will gather for the final in a national series of ‘town hall’ meetings to develop a new long term plan for ecosystem science in Australia.

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Last chance - consultation wraps up soon

Over the last few months hundreds of people across the country have taken the chance to contribute their ideas to the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan. This has been the first consultation process of its kind that has connected such a diverse range of people who share the common goal of enhancing the nation's capacity to understand and effectively manage its ecosystems. The consultation phase will close soon, but there are still opportunities for you to have your say!

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Can't make it to a town hall?

Can't make it to one of the town hall workshops for the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan? Don't worry - we've just released some tools and materials to help you host your own town hall or small workshop, and to submit proposals using an online form. These options will remain open until the end of March, when the main consultation phase for the Plan draws to a close.

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Perth registration open and first reports out!

The town hall roadshow is making its way across the country, with people from all walks of the ecosystem science community getting involved to work collaboratively in developing proposals for enhancing our future. We're pleased to announce registration for the Perth town hall is now open, and the reports from our Melbourne and Hobart workshops are now available for download.

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Town hall registrations now open

Registrations for the first town hall workshops in February are now open. Town-hall meetings will provide an opportunity for everyone to 'roll up their sleeves', and get actively involved in developing proposals for sustaining and strengthening ecosystem science in Australia.

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Survey closing soon!

We have welcomed the deluge of responses to the input survey, with people from all corners of the country and parts of the ecosystem science and management community contributing their ideas for the future. The survey closes at midnight Friday 17 January so there's still time to add your voice to the mix!

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EcoTas workshop summary now available

The gathering of over 500 ecosystem scientists at EcoTas 2013 in November played host to the first ‘town-hall’ style meeting about the ESLTP. With a diverse group of attendees, discussions at the town hall were rich and varied, and helped to identify some key challenges currently faced in ecosystem science along with potential solutions to move forward in the future.

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Delivering for Australia's future

It’s all about sustaining the country that we know and love to live in.’ That’s just one view on why the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan is important. Watch this video to hear more perspectives on why the Plan is important, and how it can enable the ecosystem science community to deliver useful outcomes and benefits for Australia.

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Opportunities for the future

What are some of the positive things happening in ecosystem science at the moment, and what can we look forward to in the future? This video shows some of the answers given to these two questions by attendees at the first Long-Term Plan workshop. It seems we have an interesting future before us!

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