Banksia Award 2014 Print E-mail

Banksia Award 2014The Indigenous Bio-cultural Knowledge Working Group won a 2014 Banksia Award in the category of Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability.

This award was gained for the work the group has been conducting (with ACEAS support), to collate documents and examples of living IBK and promote them through a “one-stop-shop” website This website includes a world-first map, which illustrates the locations of place-based publically-available Australian IBK. The map allows for analysis of gaps, hotspots and opportunities for IBK documentation.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 11:19
The ACEAS Grand Workshop 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Science making sense: the role of transdisciplinary synthesis

May 7-9, Shine Dome, Canberra, attended by over 80 people from throughout Australia.


The Grand ACEAS Workshop 2014 explored the relevance of analysis and synthesis through the experience of ACEAS participants. The ACEAS community pioneered the Synthesis Centre experiment in Australia, and spoke with authority about the utility and relevance of an intervention such as ACEAS. The event was a combination of public discussion and the traditional ACEAS Workshop.


Not only a paper was written as a result of the workshop (Lynch et al. 2015), but a Special Issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment 'Catalysing transdisciplinary synthesis in ecosystem science and management' was produced to which ACEAS and other synthesis centre groups of similar age submitted articles. The SI was published, with open-access for one year, in September 2015. To see this publication (Science for the Total Environment 534: 1-184) click here.


All articles with links are listed on the Publications page of this web site.


One of the features of this Workshop was the Hypothetical which you can watch here.


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 02:48
Smarter Workflows for ecologists Print E-mail

Smarter Workflows for ecologists: what are they?

Fundamental to the work of an ecologist is the collection, use, and re-use of data and information to solve complex problems. Data science is transforming ecology with more and more data available, but it’s not always easily accessible, usable or interpretable. The data environment is dynamic and requires evidence-based decision-making about practice and governance. This creates many challenges for the modern ecologist, and in this harsh world it might seem that the one who does this best will succeed. Good data drives cutting-edge science: sharing and re-use of data maximises its value as new science, comparisons and refinements are made to provide new knowledge useful to society.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:25
International Joint Synthesis Centre Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Held at the Centre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) 9-11 October 2013


Synthesis Centres as a global phenomenon...


A new global community of practice has been established and has launched a new, shared, web site. The first meeting of biological science synthesis centres from around the world was held in France from 9 to 11 October 2013 at the home of CESAB, the Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity. The meeting, spearheaded by the trans-continental team of ACEAS (the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis) and CESAB, brought together leaders of Synthesis Centres from four continents: Europe (including the UK), Asia, North America and Australia. These innovative additions to the tools of science have grown from small beginnings in the mid-1990s as the community has recognised their value alongside the explosion of data intensive science.

ACEAS Grand Workshop 2013 PDF Print E-mail

ACEAS Grand Workshop 2013 – Freshwater Ecology

This year’s Grand ACEAS Workshop is centred around Freshwater Ecology and will be held from the 19th-21st June in Brisbane. The Grand Workshop will bring together approximately twenty five nominated participants from nine ACEAS Working Groups that have focussed on topics around ecosystems dependent on our freshwater resources.


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