The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) has been a virtual and physical Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) for both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary integration, synthesis and modelling of ecosystem data to aid in the development of evidenced-based...

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How participation worked

ACEAS supported three main external activities: Targeted Workshops, Working Groups and Sabbatical Fellows, applications for which were open twice a year. There were six 'rounds' managed in this way, from May 2010 through to November 2012. Other meetings were supported for separate...

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Each of the ACEAS groups analyse and synthesise information to gain new insight into the critical question they have chosen to pursue. They produce a variety of outputs, including presentations to their peer groups and the wider community; meeting reports; Final Reports;...

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About TERN

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) was established in July 2009 to provide a national collaborative infrastructure and framework to assist in collection and management of scientific data to meet the needs of the terrestrial ecosystem research community. The network...

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Forum at Questacon on the 20th February 2013 Print E-mail

Ideas and Influence: how can scientific knowledge shape policy?

ACEAS and TERN brought together a prestigious line up of leading scientists and policy makers to discuss the science-policy divide. Moderated by Sara Phillips from ABC Environment Online, the speakers were: Lord Robert May (ex-Chief Scientist of the UK), Dr David Schimel (USA, first Director of the National Ecological Observatory Network), Prof. Lesley Hughes (eminent climate change scientist, Macquarie University), Prof. Andrew Campbell (TERN Board Chair, Charles Darwin University), Dr Subho Banerjee (Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency), and Mr Nicholas Rowley (Strategic Policy Consultant).

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 13:30
Interdisciplinary Collaboration PDF Print E-mail

Exploring interdisciplinary collaboration in Australia’s ecosystem science and management community

Below is an overview of the research. For more details, download the summary report

Interdisciplinary collaboration amongst ecosystem scientists and managers is vital for developing innovative solutions to the complex issues surrounding Australia’s changing ecosystems.

Who is engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration in Australia’s ecosystem science and management community? What are the barriers to collaboration? Is interdisciplinary collaboration important?

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 February 2013 21:33
TERN Annual Symposia and the ACEAS Great Debate PDF Print E-mail
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The 2012 annual TERN Symposium "Leading by Example: research and management impacts of shared ecosystem data" was held in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre on the 28 and 29 March.

For ACEAS the week began with the Grand ACEAS Workshop on March 26, at which members of several ACEAS groups met together and compared notes around the themes of Extinction and Landscape Transformation. Corey Bradshaw led the group in preparing a 29-author paper titled 'Brave new green world - the costs and benefits of a carbon economy for the conservation of Australian biodiversity'. We wait eagerly for publication news.


This was followed by the Great ACEAS debate at the Royal Institution of Australia on the controversial topic 'Will European land-use devastate Australia's unique biodiversity?'

This debate can be viewed here, and it continues to delight!


Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 18:55
the ACEAS opportunity PDF Print E-mail

The ACEAS opportunity was centred around facilitation of solutions to ecosystem science and management questions.

If you had an important question that needed attention, some data that would inform the problem, and people that could be put together to find a solution you could think about support through ACEAS. Application for funding was through the ACEAS web site. When a date was announced, to get a password to the on-line application forms, and to improve your chances of success, interested parties were asked to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for advice and comment before submitting a proposal.


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