Call for nominations for regional assessments and global scoping

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in News, Nominations | 0 comments

Nominations are no longer being accepted for this call.

DEADLINE: March 20

Established in 2012, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), is a global program intended to strengthen the role of science in decision-making related to the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. IPBES is currently soliciting nominations from a broad community of natural and social scientists.

The Ecological Society of America is assisting the U.S. government in identifying U.S. natural and social scientists to serve on the following IPBES expert groups:

  1. Expert group to create a set of regional and sub-regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the following regions:

(a) Americas, involving up to 100 experts, with a first authors meeting scheduled for 20-24 July 2015;
(b) Africa, involving up to 100 experts, with a first authors meeting scheduled 3-7 August 2015;
(c) Asia and Pacific, involving up to 100 experts, with a first authors meeting scheduled 17-21 August 2015;
(d) Europe and Central Asia, involving up to 100 experts, with a first authors meeting scheduled 31 August – 4 September 2015.

  1. Expert group for scoping of a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This will involve up to 20 experts. A scoping meeting is planned for 5-7 October 2015.

IPBES is seeking a broad variety of experts from various natural and social scientific disciplines and from indigenous and local knowledge systems, as well as policy and technical experts and practitioners.  For the regional and sub-regional assessments, IPBES is also looking for experts with experience in invasive alien species and sustainable use of biodiversity.

For more information on the scope of the regional assessments, please visit this page for the complete scoping documents.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • 3 years of experience in related issues
  • Products or publications relevant to the deliverable
  • Ability to support their travel to meetings
  • Ability to participate in person at the meeting for the expert group


ESA invites interested experts to send the following information to

For a Regional Assessment, use this subject line:  “Firstname lastname regional IPBES”

For the Global Scoping, use this subject line: “Firstname lastname global IPBES”

In the text of the email:

  • Full name, gender, nationality, address, phone number, email address
  • Current position and name of employer
  • Region of expertise (only if applying for a regional assessment)
  • Education (degree(s), relevant to the deliverable selected)
  • Publications and products relevant to the deliverable selected (maximum 5)
  • Supporting statement (400 words maximum) why you are interested in contributing to this deliverable, and contribution you would like to make
  • Confirmation that you have financial support for your travel and can attend meetings during the periods listed above (location to be determined)

Attached to the email: a brief resume/c.v. (2-3 pages).


ESA will review your information.  In order for ESA to review your qualifications in time, we need your information no later than March 20, 2015. We will not be able to review nominations received after that date.

Individuals who meet the criteria listed above will be invited to submit their applications to IPBES via an online web form.

We recognize that this is a very challenging schedule, but believe U.S. engagement in IPBES is important and hope that you will volunteer for an expert group.

If you have any questions, please email them to

Thank you for your interest and support of this important international effort!


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