Open call to join EGU's Biodiversity Task Force
In October 2021, Biodiversity was selected as the 2022-2024 Policy Priority Area due to its relevance to many EGU divisions, current and future policy relevance, and the need for information and continued scientific support. There are many upcoming EU biodiversity policy initiatives that will benefit from scientific input and EGU is excited to contribute to these through its new Biodiversity Task Force!
Starting in 2022, the Biodiversity Task Force of 8-10 experts will oversee EGU’s biodiversity-related activities and contribute to specific EU policy activities. It is hoped that this Task Force will not only support EGU activities but also provide individuals within the group with the opportunity to gain experience working at the science-policy interface, gain new insights, and expand their network. While the activities undertaken by the EGU’s Biodiversity Task Force will be driven by its members, examples may include:
- answering European Commission Consultations in collaboration with the EGU Executive Board;
- joining a relevant European Commission Expert Group;
- participating in and speaking at relevant policy events; and
- highlighting specific areas that require scientific input to the EGU’s scientific community through the publication of a short document or factsheet.
Biodiversity is a broad theme and decisions will need to be made by the Task Force about the areas that will be focused on. These decisions should consider upcoming policies and legislation, the needs of policymakers, and the expertise of individual members within the group. Once formed, the group will be required to submit a short outline of the Task Force’s key goals and activities to the EGU’s Science for Policy Working Group for comment. The EGU’s Policy Manager and Science for Policy Working Group will also provide the Task Force support, direction, and help to coordinate group’s initial meetings.
All members of the Task Force should be willing to commit at least 4 hours per month to meetings and other activities. Members of the Task Force will ideally have a diverse range of scientific backgrounds and career levels. While at least 60% of Task Force applicants should be EGU members, the EGU will also be accepting applications from external experts. Previous experience with policy and/or outreach is preferred but is not essential.
To apply, please submit your CV (max 2 pages) that outlines your relevant experience in the area of biodiversity and a cover letter by midnight on 17 December 2021. Your cover letter should outline your motivation for joining the Task Force and at least one example of a specific biodiversity-related area or activity that you would like Task Force to focus on. Please note that only complete applications in English can be accepted.
If you have any further questions about biodiversity, the EGU’s Policy Priority Area or about joining the Biodiversity Task Force, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.