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Published: February 17, 2015

Long-time IGBP supporter, Lou Brown, has passed away

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The IGBP community is mourning the passing of Lou Brown, retired Senior Staff Associate for International Affairs at the US National Science Foundation's Directorate for Geosciences, who died last weekend. Lou was a great friend and supporter of IGBP. We will miss him.

For three decades Lou Brown tirelessly supported IGBP and internationally coordinated research for NSF.

IGBP Executive Director Dr Sybil Seitzinger said, "We are saddened to hear the news. We have lost a great friend. Lou was 100% committed to our research. His energy and enthusiasm have allowed IGBP to thrive. We will always be deeply indebted to him."

Lou served as the first Secretary of the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA) and later chaired IGFA’s Staff Group. He always worked closely with IGBP, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and other major international global-change research programmes. Most recently, he helped establish the Belmont Forum that now serves as the Council of Principals for IGFA and Future Earth.

In addition to his experience in encouraging research cooperation at the international level, Lou promoted regional global-change research networks, including the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), and in working with individual nations around the world, especially Japan.

Washington Post obituary

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