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Future Earth Engagement Committee call for members

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The new ten-year research initiative, Future Earth, is seeking nominations for its inaugeral Engagment Committee. Deadline for applications 14 March 2014.

Future Earth is a 10-year international research programme that will provide critical knowledge required for societies to face the challenges posed by global environmental change and to identify opportunities for transformations towards global sustainability. Future Earth brings together thousands of scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law.


The Future Earth Engagement Committee is a strategic advisory group whose primary purpose is to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society to address global environmental change and transform towards global sustainability. The Engagement Committee will provide strategic advice from a user perspective on Future Earth research, engagement and other activities, and will develop high-level engagement with stakeholders including policy-makers, business and civil society .


Working together with the Future Earth Science Committee and the Secretariat, the Engagement Committee will advise the Governing Council on research priorities for Future Earth, will help to identify key stakeholders at the global, regional and national levels, will advise on how best to engage them in Future Earth, and will provide leadership and creative thinking on how to bridge the gap between knowledge and solutions for sustainable development. This includes co-design of research agendas, co-production of knowledge, and co-dissemination of perspectives, evidence and knowledge claims in government, business and civil society, so that scientific knowledge makes a larger contribution to societal debate and decision-making.


Those wishing to apply or to nominate an applicant are invited to review the call and complete the application form.


The Future Earth Engagement Committee is expected to be appointed in June 2014.


The process to establish the Engagement Committee is led by the Science & Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, currently acting as the Governing Council of Future Earth, and facilitated by the Future Earth interim Secretariat.


All applications should be submitted not later than 14 March 2014.


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