A key part of GMBA research is structured around a set of dynamic, interdisciplinary working groups that focus on different topic. Working groups provide a platform for research and serve to facilitate intellectual exchange among small teams of scientists, stakeholders, and other members of the mountain biodiversity and sustainability science community. Outputs of these groups include scientific publications, research tools, and project proposals.
GMBA currently offers to support working groups in identifying relevant partners within and beyond the scientific community, in helping raise funds for specific activities, in co-organizing seminars or workshops, and in communicating results and knowledge, notably via dedicated pages on the GMBA website. GMBA can currently not offer direct financial support.
Working groups consist of participants of at least two institutions, two countries, and if possible two disciplines. Working groups are also encourage to engage with relevant stakeholders, including governmental and conservation agencies, non-governmental organizations, policy-makers, and other representatives of civil society likely to influence or be influenced by the group's work. Working groups are led by one clearly designated person who is responsible for coordinating activities within the group and for communication with the GMBA office. Communication includes (but is not limited to) a brief work plan (including a timeline of milestones and deliverables) at inception, updates about ongoing activities, and a report at the end of the project. Results and deliverables generated during the course of the project are disseminated via the GMBA website as they become available. Unless otherwise approved, the life expectancy of any given working group does not exceed two years.
Working groups are expected to maintain a reasonable level of activity to guarantee relevant output, including active communication between group members and with the broader community, topical seminars, and workshops.
Working groups suggestions can be submitted online and will be reviewed by the GMBA project office and member of the scientific steering committee for approval. Requirements consist of:
- background, rationale, and goals (400 words)
- main activities, milestones, and deliverables along time (300 words)
- relevance to GMBA and to the mountain biodiversity and sustainable development community at large (200 words)
- a list of committed members and of members to invite
Note that you need to be a member of the GMBA network to apply. If you are not yet a member, please register online.