Invitation to Participate in External Review of IPBES Assessments

IPBES aims to finalize five assessments at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary, in March 2018: four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia) and the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration.

One of the most important phases in drafting assessments is the period in which they are opened for external review by any interested experts, ranging from scientists and decision-makers, to practitioners and the holders of indigenous and local knowledge.

Participation and engagement of Governments in the external review period is especially vital to strengthen the credibility, legitimacy and policy relevance of the assessments, as well as to deepen their ownership of the assessments.

The eight-week period for external review of the second order drafts of the assessment chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers will run from 1 May until 26 June 2017 for the land degradation and restoration, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia assessments; and from 29 May until 24 July 2017 for the Americas assessment.

Experts wishing to participate will first need to register as users of the IPBES website (http://www.ipbes.net/user/register?destination=sod-review) if they have not already done so. They can then apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters per assessment at www.ipbes.net/sod-review (this will only work when logged in first as IPBES website users). They will receive confidential access to the draft chapters and summaries for policymakers and will be requested to submit their comments in English using a template that will also be supplied. All relevant comments will then be addressed by the assessment authors in the next round of revisions.

We have recorded a 20-minute webinar focusing on how Governments especially can participate in this external review. The webinar can be accessed on the IPBES website and at: https://youtu.be/tnx8nxDId08 The secretariat is also producing ‘print-ready’ A-5 size flyers in all six UN official languages, which will soon be shared with you electronically to help your efforts to advertise the external review process.  

Thank you in advance for your support in helping us to ensure the widest possible range of expert participation in the external review process – the more relevant comments we receive, the better the assessments will all be.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Larigauderie | Executive Secretary

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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COTE Summer School, 03-07 July 2017 – Bordeaux, France: “Weak signals and emerging issues in ecological transition”

The Summer School is part of the COTE Cluster of Excellence training programme and gathers PhD students in environmental sciences, each specialised in disciplines such as ecology, chemistry, biology or even sociology. Through talks, field trips and round tables with international experts on integrative ecology, the programme will provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach on the definition, detection and role of weak signals and emerging issues in the ecological transition.

Theme & programme:
Climate-induced ecological changes as well as changes in consumption patterns have led to emerging issues. These often manifest before full development as weak signals, which can reveal important trends within ecosystems. However, it is often difficult to distinguish them statistically from ambient noise, or from random fluctuations of well-known signals. The COTE Summer School will show that scientists have more and more tools to monitor the planet. Its programme will cover several aspects of weak signals and emerging issues with presentations on new detectable substances in the environment, environmental reporting, ecological governance and political change for transition, weak signals and measurement techniques in marine, vineyard, forest and river ecosystems, and even on a paradigm shift related to the role of cloud microorganisms in atmospheric processes.

Conference speakers (non-exhaustive list):
Ivan Ascher, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Jelle Behagel, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Gabrielle Bouleau, Irstea Bordeaux, France
Hélène Budzinski, CNRS Bordeaux, France
Laure Carassou, University of Bordeaux, France
Anne-Marie Delort, Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand, France
Iñaki Garcia de Cortazar-Atauri INRA Avignon, France
Pieter Leroy, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Marcus Lindner, European Forest Institute, Finland

Participants, fees & how to apply:
The course is free of charge and includes accommodation and meals. Travel expenses must be covered by the participants. Mobility grants are available on demand (for details see application form). The course is in English and candidates must be PhD students.
To apply, please fill in the application form, upload a short CV, a cover letter and a letter of support from your supervisor in the online application form (http://cotesummerschool.u-bordeaux.fr/en/). If you also apply for a mobility grant, please add a letter justifying your request. All documents have to be merged into a single PDF file. Application deadline is 23 April 2017.

Contact:
For any questions, please contact the COTE managers at mission-labexcote@u-bordeaux.fr

External review period for IPBES assessments

The IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) secretariat has announced a period for external review of:

  • Drafts of the thematic assessment report on land degradation and restoration
  • Drafts of the four regional assessments (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Europe and Central Asia) on biodiversity and ecosystem services,
  • First order drafts of their Summaries for Policymakers.

The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE) seeks candidates for the position of Director

The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE; http://ciee-icee.com/) seeks candidates for the position of Director. Since its inception, CIEE/ICEE has brought together scientists and their diverse partners (industrial, government, non-governmental) to identify and attack important integrative problems in ecology and evolution through synthesis working groups. Recent working groups have addressed critical topics including: optimal design of Canadian protected areas in a changing climate; effects of human disturbance on the structure and function of coastal eelgrass communities, and; evolution of microbial metabolic and genomic diversity at multiple scales. The Institute also sponsors training workshops in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE/SCEE; http://csee-scee.ca). CIEE/ICEE is seeking a new Director to build on our history of successful synthetic activities and to provide leadership and strategic direction as CIEE/ICEE continues to grow and mature. The Director is appointed by CIEE/ICEE’s Management Board (3-year, renewable term) and receives a $5,000 yearly allowance. Normally, CIEE/ICEE would relocate to the Director’s home Institution, although the Board is open to exploring other potential models with interested parties (e.g., a distributed Institute where activities are hosted both at and beyond a physical centre). The Director is expected to develop the Institute infrastructure, staff complement, and avenues of fiscal support from the host institution, partnering organizations, and federal funding programs, as appropriate. In the current model, for example, funds were secured by the Director, for an Associate Director to oversee the many day-to day activities of the CIEE/ICEE including assisting with outreach, budgeting, fundraising, and arranging practical aspects of the Institute’s programs such as travel and local housing.

Responsibilities of the Director include:

  • Institute Development: The Director proposes and develops new and innovative programs and partnerships that advance the CIEE/ICEE mission. This includes the recruitment and retention of member institutions.
  • Programs: The Director issues calls for proposals for CIEE/ICEE programs and, with advice from the Scientific Advisory Group, selects proposals for funding.
  • Communications and Outreach: The Director communicates information on CIEE/ICEE programs and accomplishments to relevant administrative officers at member institutions and to a broad community of potential users.
  • Fundraising: The Director seeks financial support from governmental granting programs, universities, private donors, and other sources. The Management Board assists with this responsibility.
  • Budget: The Director proposes a budget for approval by the Management Board.

The Directorship of CIEE/ICEE is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to influence the direction of ecological and evolutionary research through the promotion of new syntheses for the benefit of Canadians. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Chair of the Management Board (Mark Forbes, Dept. Biology, 206 Nesbitt Bldg,, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6). Applications for the directorship will be accepted immediately until the position is filled. Send a letter of interest and a CV to Mark Forbes: mforbes6@gmail.com.

IPBES Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

CSEE is proud to have supported engagement with IPBES, the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, assisting Dr. Peter Kevan as a lead author on the IPBES’ recent report: Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production. This report makes critical use of science to which CSEE researchers have contributed, bringing our research contributions into the global policy arena. The full report and the Summary for Policy Makers can be found here.

Canadian Museum of Nature Visiting Scientist Awards. Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

Financial Grants for Travel Costs

The Centre for Species Discovery and Change at the museum awards annual travel grants for research in plant, animal, mineral and fossil systematics.

The main objective of the Canadian Museum of Nature Visiting Scientist Awards is to assist collection-based systematics studies by

  • facilitating and supporting access to the collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature
  • providing external expertise enhancing the state of curation of the museum’s collections.

Enhanced curation could include

  • designation of types
  • updated taxonomy
  • specimen-level data-basing
  • specimen sorting and identification, particularly in taxa for which the museum lacks in-house expertise, etc.

See http://nature.ca/en/research-collections/research-projects/centre-species-discovery-change/travel-grants for information on how to apply.

International Ecology Institute (Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany) ECI and IRPE Prizes, 2017

Nominations are being called for the ECI and IRPE Prizes 2017 in Terrestrial Ecology. The Prizes carry endowments of €6000 and €3000  (euro), respectively.

The closing date for nominations is March 31, 2017.

Nominees for the Prizes must be top performers in the field of Terrestrial Ecology.  

The prizes were established in 1986 by Prof. Dr. Dr. Otto Kinne and are awarded in the fields of Marine, Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecology in annual rotation.

The International Ecology Institute (ECI) Prize is awarded to an ecologist distinguished by outstanding and sustained scientific achievements. The prize both honours the recipient and requires her or him to serve science and society by authoring a book taking into account the aims of the International Ecology Institute. The International Recognition of Professional Excellence (IRPE) Prize honours a young ecologist (not older than 40 years) who has published uniquely independent, original and/or challenging research representing an important scientific breakthrough, and/or who must work under particularly difficult conditions.

Further details and lists of the previous prize winners can be found on the following webpages:

Call for Nominations: http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/call-for-nominations/

ECI Prize: http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/eci-prize/

IRPE Prize: http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/irpe-prize/

International Ecology Institute (ECI): http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/eci-home/

ASN Awards for Support of Regional Meetings in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour

The American Society of Naturalists solicits proposals from organizers of regional meetings in the fields of ecology, evolution and behaviour. The purpose of these small awards is to promote increased participation in regional meetings that fall along the research interests supported by the ASN and to use this support as a way of recruiting new membership to ASN. The awards typically provide subsidized registration for ASN members at these regional meetings. Please note that these awards are not intended to support workshops. Previous awardees have included meetings such as SEEPEG, SEEC, EVO-WIBO, and OE3C. Organizers of regional meetings should submit a brief proposal describing the research focus of the meeting for which funds are requested as well as details of the meeting such as anticipated number of participants, meeting venue and dates.
Instructions: Proposals should include two components. One should clearly describe the (1) overlap of the regional meeting with ASN research interests, (2) extent that the support would reach out to new audiences to grow ASN’s membership, and (3) potential size of the impact on ASN membership. The second component should include a brief budget justifying the amount requested and detailing how the funds will be used. To standardize the applications, there is a strict one-page limit (US Letter size paper, 1” margins, standard [e.g., Times] 12-point font, and no more than six lines per inch) for each component (i.e., 1 page for proposal, 1 page for budget description and use of funds). We anticipate funding 4-6 awards, typically valued at $2000-$3000.

Please send proposals to the ASN Regional Society Liaison Committee Chair Rebecca Kimball (rkimball@ufl.edu) by Feb. 15, 2017.

Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. Application deadline: February 20, 2017.

The CSEE invites PhD candidates who are at an advanced stage of their dissertation to apply for our Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. Award winners will receive $500 and will present their doctoral research in our special Graduate Student Award Symposium.

Scope and Criteria

This award aims to showcase excellent student research from across Canada. Successful applicants will have conducted high-quality research that addresses fundamental questions or is of an applied nature in the fields of ecology and evolution. In addition to demonstrated scholarship and merit, the selection committee aims promote diversity in terms of gender, field of study and institutional representation. All eligible PhD students are encouraged to apply. However, priority will be given to students who are near thesis completion and who are able to present their work in a way that is of interest to a wide audience.

Eligibility

Applicants must be registered as a student at a Canadian institution at the time of application and be a member of CSEE. Applicants should be within one year of submitting or defending their thesis by the May meeting. Successful applicants are expected to attend the CSEE meeting in Victoria in May and to present their work at our Graduate Student Awards Symposium. Applicants from last year who were not selected for the award but still meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to reapply.

Materials

Applications should include the following sections in the following order:

1) Thesis Summary (500 words maximum): An overview of the different chapters of your thesis and how each contributes to the fields of ecology or evolution (subheadings for different thesis chapters are permitted)
2) Other Relevant Activities (250 words maximum): In this section describe any professional and extracurricular activities that demonstrate your communication and leadership skills.
3) Select Awards and Contributions (1 page maximum): Using three headings, highlight awards that you have received, talks or posters that you have given and papers published
4) Letter of support from your PhD advisor or a committee member. Letters should speak to the criteria listed above and should clearly state that the applicant is close to completion of their thesis.

Materials 1 through 3 should be submitted as a single word or pdf document with the filename “<lastname>_CSEE_PhDaward” to cseestudent@gmail.com. Letters of support should be submitted separately to the same email address. The application deadline is February 20, 2017.

Other Important Information

Successful applicants are expected to present their work in a 30 minute talk at the Graduate Student Award Symposium and will not be able to give a separate talk or poster during the conference. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to give a regular talk or poster during the conference but are not automatically assigned a talk/ poster slot. For this reason, all applicants should also apply to present at the meeting following the standard conference registration procedure and following the separate deadlines announced for the meeting (this includes indicating interest in being considered for the regular student talk/poster awards). The top five runners up ups will also be acknowledged during the conference.

Search for Canada’s Chief Science Advisor announced

CSEE congratulates Minister Kirsty Duncan on the announcing the search for Canada’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA). The CSA will advise the Prime Minister, the Minister of Science, and Cabinet about emerging science and technology issues, and act to defend science integrity. President Jeremy Kerr and colleagues in CSEE will continue to work closely with the Minister to support efforts to strengthen science in Canada and bring discoveries closer to Canadians.