Taxonomy Australia (and what it can do for you)

A ten-year strategic plan for taxonomy and biosystematics in Australia and New Zealand was launched in late April 2018: Discovering Biodiversity: A decadal plan for taxonomy and biosystematics in Australia and New Zealand 2018–2027.
While the plan, and the process leading to its development, was a great success for our community, having a good strategic plan for the next decade is not in itself enough to bring about the change our community needs (particularly in new investments and enhanced resourcing). For this reason, a key recommendation of the decadal plan was the establishment, in both Australia and New Zealand, of peak bodies to advocate and implement the plan's recommendations and vision. In Australia, we have established Taxonomy Australia for this purpose. 
While it has not yet been publicly launched, governance arrangements for Taxonomy Australia are in place, a membership model has been agreed, and work has commenced on a website that we hope will be engaging, inspiring and informative. A key task for Taxonomy Australia is to reposition our discipline and our work – exploring the biosphere, discovering its species, and understanding its evolution – as a science that is both cool and impactful. This repositioning is key to successful advocacy for the sector. 
This seminar will provide an overview on Taxonomy Australia and its proposed role, functions and work plan, and seek guidance from the community on making Taxonomy Australia and the decadal plan successful and effective agents of positive change. It should be of interest to anyone involved in taxonomy and biosystematics either as a practitioner or as an end-user, and who understands the value and importance of exploring and documenting the biosphere.

Date & time

9–10am 22 January 2019


CSIRO Waterhouse Lecture Theatre, Clunies Ross Street, Black Mountain, Canberra


Dr Kevin Thiele, Australian Academy of Science


 David Yeates

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