Desired Outcome by 2035
A sustainable system (including perpetual funding) for supporting long-term (a decade or longer) ecosystem research, complementing existing support for short-term research.
Key Activities Identified in the National Plan
Establish a dedicated working group; produce a review that effectively articulates to policy makers the value proposition for long-term research, based on key examples that have had demonstrable impact; hold a broadly representative workshop aimed at developing an implementation plan that identifies (i) what a national system of long-term research would look like, (ii) clearly defines the pathways from long term research to outcomes for government, private industry, the community and for Australia’s international contribution to science, and (iii) identify priority biomes/sites/refugia and ecosystem processes for undertaking/requiring long-term research.
Alan Andersen (Coordinator), Rachael Standish and Glenda Wardle.
In early 2016, a new working group was formed to work with the Ecosystem Science Council and ecosystem science community in advancing this Key Direction. The Working Group will promote, coordinate and participate in activities to achieve the priority for this Key Direction as noted above.
There was an open invitation distributed throughout the ecosystem science and management communities for expressions of interest to join the Working Group, to ensure that the group includes people with experience and/or influence in designing and implementing long-term research (in any area of ecosystem science); experience in sourcing long-term funding for research; and knowledge of governance structures and funding mechanisms within government and non-government agencies domestically and internationally.
The final Working Group membership is:
|Prof Alan Andersen||WG Chair,
Deputy Chair of the Ecosystem Science Council,
Charles Darwin University (Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods)
|Prof Andrew Bennett||Deakin University|
|Dr Neville Barrett||University of Tasmania|
|Dr Emma Burns||Long Term Ecological Research Network, Australian National University
former ESC Councillor
|Dr Fiona Cameron||Australian Research Council|
|Prof Jenny Davis||Charles Darwin University|
|Prof Chris Dickman||University of Sydney|
|Prof Richard Kingsford||University of New South Wales|
|Prof Charley Krebs||University of British Columbia|
|Dr Sarah Legge||Consultant|
|Dr Rachel Standish||Murdoch University,
Ecosystem Science Council member
|Prof Glenda Wardle||University of Sydney, Chair of the Ecosystem Science Council|
|A/Prof Barbara Wilson||Deakin University|
The Council is grateful to the Working Group for volunteering to be involved in this way to advance Foundations for the future.
Information about the responsibilities, roles, tasks, membership criteria and the selection process for the Working Group are detailed in the Terms of Reference.
Priorities to 2020
- Use the business case as a basis for engaging key stakeholders and decision-makers for developing and implementing a plan for sustained funding of long-term research.
- Co-host the AusLTER – Long-term Ecosystem Research at the annual Ecological Society of Australia conference in November 2018.
For more information about activities to support this Key Direction, please contact Alan Andersen.