• Using the Planet

    Even before the advent of agriculture, Homo sapiens kicked off an entirely new process of planetary change. Earth would never be the same. Instead of mere centuries, Erle C Ellis advances a broader view of the Anthropocene, over many millennia, and what that means for land stewardship.
  • Lessons from a simulated civilisation

    The rise and fall of the ancient Maya has
    intrigued historians and archaeologists for decades. Now, Earth-system scientists are taking a keen interest. Scott Heckbert asks: what role might environmental conditions and trade play in the growth and eventual collapse of a civilisation?

April 3, 2014
The International Social Science Council has launched a new funding programme, Transformations to Sustainability, offering 30 seed-funding grants of up to €30,000 and three grants of €300,000 a year for three years to create international " Transformative Knowledge Networks ".
April 3, 2014
IGBP's 29th Scientific Committee meeting begins in Bangalore, India, 7 April with a symposium: Geosphere-Biosphere interactions in a Future Earth. Programme .
April 2, 2014
A group of international science funders, the Belmont Forum, has released a call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability as part of its 2014 International Opportunities Fund . The forum has €13 million available for projects in the €200,000 to €1million range. Deadline 31 July 2014.
March 28, 2014
A new Ocean Acidification website has been launched that brings together new ocean acidification infographics, publications, background information, presentations and news for researchers, policymakers and the public. 
March 20, 2014
Abstract deadline for a major solutions-oriented congress is now 12 April. The programme and topic  description is here .  
March 20, 2014
The deadline for abstracts for the Global Fair and Workshop on Long-Term Observatories of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems has been extended to 11 April. The event takes place in Reno USA on 16-19 July 2014.
March 18, 2014
The International Space Science Institute’s (ISSI) Working Group on  "Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation: How to Consistently Assimilate Multiple Data Streams"  is organizing an Autumn School on Data Assimilation in Biogeochemical Cycles in Trieste, Italy, 20-27 September, 2014. Deadline 1 May. Apply here .
March 18, 2014
The deadline for abstract submission for the 13th IGAC conference - Changing Chemisty in a Changing World - and young scientist support have been extended to 31 March 2014.
March 12, 2014
On Friday 14 March, IGBP Executive Director Dr Sybil Seitzinger will give the Gordon Goodman memorial lecture on the origins of Earth system science and the development of the concept of the Anthropocene at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The lecture is FREE. Register here .
February 14, 2014
A major international scientific congress focusing on global sustainability research is scheduled for 22-24 October 2014. The congress, Global challenges: achieving sustainability , will take place in Copenhagen and is targetting the science, business and policy communities. Abstract deadline 31 March.
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