Outreach activities & new WGs

Dear IALE members,

it is our pleasure to announce two new Work Groups in the IALE community

1.    Communication & Outreach

The aim of this WG is to develop a strategy and number of activities to improve communication in IALE, and our public visibility. This will include revision of our website, an enhanced use of social media and representation of IALE at important events. This will also include strategies how to provide improved accessibility to our knowledge hub for capacity building and development. The WG invites interested IALE members and particularly young scholars to join, bring in their ideas and experiences and commitment. 
Interested IALE members are welcome to contact Henry Bulley (hnbulley1(at) until September, 30, 2015 to build the group and elect the official representative. 

2.    Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Assessment

This WG intends to form a cross-cutting platform for connecting particular researchers involved in IPBES plus any other interested researcher focusing on the topic of ecosystem services and biodiversity. The WG will support the exchange on most recent thematic advances, ongoing implementation activities / research programs or any other event of common interest (e.g. conferences, workshops) and enhance the collaboration of landscape ecologists involved in regional / national assessments of ecosystem services and biodiversity, e.g. in the national ecosystem (service) assessments. 
Interested IALE members are welcome to contact Christine Fürst (christine.fuerst(at) until September, 30, 2015 to build the group and elect the official representative.

More detailed information will soon be available under: and in the next bulletin. 

Furthermore, we wish to engage you in contributing to IALE International´s activities through the following calls: 

1.    Call for Work Groups 

We consider WGs to be the most suitable instrument to enhance the cooperation and capacity building within and between the regional chapters. WGs can address a particular thematic / disciplinary interest, specific communities (e.g. young scholars) or cross-cutting topics that enhance interdisciplinary collaboration or cooperation with other platforms or societies. This first call asks for suggestions of new WGs until October, 15, 2015 for formal approval through the EC. WG suggestions should include the addressed topic, a short description including planned activities and the contact of the new WG leader.   
Interested IALE members are welcome to contact Robert Scheller (rmschell(at) 

2.    Call for innovative activities 

In support of our communication and outreach activities and for strengthening the cooperation within the IALE community, we seek for suggestions of innovative activities. These can comprise e.g. in capacity building, transfer, young scholars engagement, science-policy dialogue. They should complement activities such as conferences or workshops and will be subject to future monetary support of chapter or WG activities through IALE international.  
Suggestions should be addressed to Felix Kienast (felix.kienast(at) until October, 15, 2015 for discussion and approval through the EC. 

3.    Landscape impressions – talent award

This call addresses particularly but not exclusively young IALE scholars: we seek for the best landscape photographs including a short text or poem how they represent your understanding of landscape ecology. Note: photos that have copyright attached cannot be accepted. Together with your photos and texts you submit a signed (scanned) confirmation stating “IALE can distribute this photo(s) and text freely to all; no copyright or remuneration for use is allowed". Precondition for the participation is also IALE membership; submissions of professional photographers are excluded from the competition. 

The top three photos and texts selected by the EC will be published with their authors in the Christmas bulletin and will receive an Amazon gift certificate of 50 €.
Submissions should be forwarded to Tom C. Edwards (t.edwards(at) until October, 15, 2015 for decision making through the EC. 

We are all greatly looking forward to your participation in our new WGs, your ideas, suggestions and particularly to sharing your landscape impressions with us!

Christine Fürst     Felix Kienast     Thomas C. Edwards      Benjamin Burkhard   Irene Petrosillo
Henry Bulley        Liding Chen      Andreas A. Christensen         Robert Schelle


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