Biodiversity and ecosystem services call for synthesis research proposals

UFZ together with the U.S. Socio-Environmental Synthesis Centre SESYNC and the German Synthesis Centre for Biodiversity Sciences sDiv are announcing an international opportunity for socio-environmental synthesis research on "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services".

Funding is available for up to six collaborative synthesis projects that bring together data, ideas, theories, or models to address a critical socio-environmental question at the interface of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Within this interface, the subject matter of proposed projects is open. For example, proposed research could deal with the emergence or functional importance of ecosystem services, or the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity as determinants for human well-being. Proposals are welcome from investigators whose home institutions are anywhere in the world—i.e., this call is not limited to U.S. or German investigators. Funding decisions will be based on external peer review by an international panel.

Funded synthesis teams are expected to spend time at each of the three centers (SESYNC in Annapolis, MD, USA; sDiv and UFZ in Leipzig, Germany) working on their projects. Each team should generally have no more than 5 members but may include up to 2 doctoral students to participate in team meetings. Each team will be asked to interact with the faculty and to give (at least) a seminar talk during their stays at the hosting centers. SESYNC, sDiv and UFZ will facilitate opportunities for graduate education and exchange with students and researchers who are working on biodiversity and ecosystem services at these institutions. Opportunities may also exist for doctoral students of the teams to attend a relevant graduate course offered by the graduate schools onsite.

Deadline for application is October 9, 2013.

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