An international affair

CEED and its many international linkages

The problem of conserving biodiversity with inadequate resources is a problem everywhere. It’s not restricted to Australia. While the operations of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) are largely based in Australia, both our science network and the impacts of our research are truly international.

Our researchers come from five countries, four continents and six time zones. Our research is informing policy and management at the global, multi-country regional (eg, the Mediterranean) and national levels, and our planning tools such as Marxan are guiding conservation efforts all over the globe.

Consider some of the topics covered in just the last five issues of Decision Point this year: the global demise of large old trees (DP#66), the plight of international migratory birds (DP#67), meeting global restoration targets (DP#68), saving Africa’s rhinos from poachers (DP#69) and incorporating social equity into conservation planning in the Coral Triangle (DP#70).

Beyond today’s research, CEED is also actively investing in the development of tomorrow’s scientific leaders. It does this directly through the training of its own PhD students and postdoctoral Fellows, and indirectly in its support of Australia’s first ever Student Conference on Conservation Science (see Decision Point #67).

To strengthen and facilitate these international connections, CEED offers financial support to CEED Early Career Researchers (ECRs) wanting to visit groups overseas and to ECRs overseas wanting to visit our labs. (Early Career Researchers are those with less than five years full time equivalent research experience since the completion of their PhD.) See the box on ‘Outgoing and incoming’, and Marit Kragt’s travel diary (see page 13) for an idea of what an overseas trip can mean to an early career researcher.

And just to ground truth our efforts on the international stage, CEED has established an International Science Advisory Panel (ISAP) to give us feedback on our science. Members of the CEED ISAP are highly respected members of the international scientific community in fields of conservation and biodiversity. They provide valuable direction to CEED’s research program….

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