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Your chance to help inspire a generation

Healthy ecosystems play a key role in the production and delivery of food, clean air and water, as well as the survival of our iconic plants and animals. To put the Australian community in a position to make judgements and decisions about the use and management of their ecosystems, they need to be engaged with and informed about these ecosystems. Better engagement of the Australian community with ecosystems and ecosystem science requires a fresh effort to develop and harness talent in the ecosystem science community to inspire, inform and empower the wider community with knowledge and understanding of our world, and our role in it.

The ecosystem science community recognised the importance of this work throughout the development of Foundations for the future, identifying one of its Key Directions for the future as 'Inspiring a Generation', with the priority to foster a general public that is inspired, informed and empowered with knowledge and understanding of Australian ecosystems.

Expressions of interest are now open for anyone to join a working group that will progress actions for this Key Direction.


About the Working Group

The Working Group will identify and assess the features of current or past initiatives, campaigns and programs that effectively promote the key role of ecosystems in delivering services, such as delivery of food, clean air and water. The group will then create and support campaigns that adapt features of successful campaigns and extend these to reach targeted audiences.

It is intended that the Working Group will include representatives of the ecosystem science community and wider community that have direct experiences and skills with communications, outreach, education, community engagement or related fields. Members should also cover the range of research organisations, government, industry, community groups and NGOs working in this space.

Information about the responsibilities, roles, tasks, membership criteria and the selection process are detailed in the Terms of Reference available here.

EOIs should include a 1-page summary of your CV and a short statement of interest with respect to the priorities and responsibilities of this Group.

Questions and EOIs can be emailed to A/Prof Torsten Thomas before COB 22 July 2016.