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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.