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March 2015 Institutional Members Meeting

INNGE Institutional Members Meeting

Date: 2015–03–13 22:00 GMT

In attendance:

  • Naupaka Zimmerman (Ecological Society of America)
  • Adina Stanciu (Romanian Ecological Society)
  • Nicoleta Geamana (Romanian Ecological Society)
  • Ana Santos (International Biogeography Society)
  • Erika Gavenus (Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere)
  • Javier Martinez-Lopez (Spanish Association for Terrestrial Ecology)
  • Laureano Gherardi (Ecological Society of Argentina)
  • Peter Søgaard Jørgensen (Danish Ecological Society Oikos)


15 minutes: Brief update on current INNGE initiatives

  • Upcoming large conferences:
    • ESA (Ecological Society of America)
    • EEF (European Ecological Federation)
  • Online conference (ESA, BES, INTECOL)
  • Focus groups:
    • Open science
    • Interdisciplinary research
    • Early career resources
  • Senior advisory board nominations and invitations

Ongoing online initiatives – potential to build bridge across societies

20 minutes: Soliciting ideas and input from society representatives for INNGE

  • Needs of stakeholders - what challenges face early career researchers in your society or country?

What’s needed:

  • Up to date web resources - wikis, etc
  • More linkages between societies
    • Ways to communicate among societies
  • Bulletin communication about INNGE and its activities
  • Links to INNGE within each Society’s webpage

Mail-in suggestions from representatives who could not attend

  • Georg Andersson (Swedish Society Oikos):

    • I was thinking about an idea that might be of interest to INNGE and the meeting. It might be interesting to build up a database on regular small conferences that take place regionally or nationally but that can be of great interest for others outside that region to attend. I know for example that in the Nordic countries we have the SCAPE (Scandinavian Association of Pollination Ecologist) yearly meeting/conference. In Spain there is the yearly ECOFLOR meeting about pollination and plant reproduction ecology. Perhaps a worldwide database on these sorts of meetings etc could be a nice thing to have. These meetings are usually more informal and familiar in style and a great opportunity to meet and connect to others.
  • Nicoleta Geamana and Adina Stanciu (Romanian Ecological Society)

    • We would like to send you in advance a few suggestions/ideas regarding the topic of discussion in the meeting:

      • We believe it would be useful for early-career researchers if national societies would find a way to encourage them to publish in the WebEcology Journal (issued by the European Ecological Federation (EEF)). A possibility would be to offer a small (financial) support for the early-career researchers that have published in WebEcology - an eligibility criteria for that support (eg. small scholarship, travel expense for participating in conferences, or even a support to cover the registration fee for a conference)
      • Another idea would be posting an open list on the INNGE website with all the financial opportunities (project funding/scholarship/job opportunities) for early-career researchers. In this way, we congratulate the working group of INNGE for the initiative to send through mailing lists information about these opportunities, while also thinking that it would be more useful if these news were put together in a list visible to all and easy to find on the website.
  • Ireene Madindou (Ecological Society for Eastern Africa)

    • The issues I would like addressed are:

      • Linkages between upcoming researchers and mentors. How should we organize this? Not all students get scholarships but they may have great ideas, can we form a platform for this? Can we utilize our ecological societies for this? is it enough?
      • Secondly, sometimes we have some good research going on in the temperate side of the world. Is it time to encourage heavily the comparative study of themes, indicators, climate change so that simultaneous results are gathered from the temperate side and the tropics? even conferences, symposia. Especially since energy needs in Africa are gaining more attention than biodiversity among others.

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