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PAGES announcements: Apply to join the Scientific Steering Committee and other upcoming deadlines

Past Global Changes (PAGES), a global research project of Future Earth, has announced three upcoming deadlines for its scientific community. First, the project is looking for three leading researchers to join its Scientific Steering Committee beginning in January 2018. PAGES has also launched a call for proposals for new working groups “to address a scientific question in an internationally coordinated way.” Lastly, organisers of workshops or meetings relevant to PAGES’ interests can apply for financial support from the project.

The deadline for the call for Scientific Steering Committee members is 3 April 2017. Proposals for working groups and applications for workshop and meeting support are also due 3 April, but interested applicants must contact a current Scientific Steering Committee member to discuss their plans by 20 March.

See the call for Scientific Steering Committee members here.

See the call for working group proposals here.

See the call for applications for workshop and meeting support here.

PAGES reaches a network of thousands of scientists and “supports research which aims to understand the Earth’s past environment in order to obtain better predictions of future climate and environment, and inform strategies for sustainability.” The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) oversees the project’s activities. According to the announcement, the roles of committee members include:

  • Overall responsibility for the PAGES project
  • Developing and promoting PAGES' scientific agenda
  • Communicating with the PAGES International Project Office
  • Acting as a liaison to PAGES workshop organisers and working groups
  • Representing PAGES at meetings
  • As opportunities arise, SSC members may also host PAGES workshops, guest edit Past Global Changes Magazine or journal issues and coordinate national PAGES activities.

The working groups of PAGES help to advance the project’s scientific agenda by forming wide networks of researchers across the world that are capable of answering questions beyond the reach of a single team. The PALSEA2 working group, for example, published a paper in February that recreated the history of sea level rise along the coast of North Carolina in the United States. The study found that sea levels are now rising at the fastest rates seen in 3000 years.