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DIVERSITAS activities are guided by the Scientific Committee (SC), which comprises leading scientists from around the globe. Representatives from each of the founding Sponsors and Chairs of the global environmental change programmes that comprise the Earth System Science Partnership (IHDP, IGBP, and WCRP) serve in an ex-officio capacity.

With expertise spanning a broad range of particular areas within biodiversity science, the SC defines, develops and prioritises plans for the Programme, guides its implementation, and publicizes its results at relevant scientific and policy events and fora. It also liaises and facilitates cooperation with other relevant international global environmental change programmes.

The Committee normally comprises 12 members, each of whom serves a three-year term, renewable once. SC Members are selected based on their standing in the international scientific community and their commitment to the programmatic advancement and goals of DIVERSITAS, with due consideration to regional, gender and disciplinary balance. SC Members are formally appointed by the Sponsors of DIVERSITAS. They meet on an annual basis, usually in April.

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Thanks to the strength of its Mission and Science Plan, DIVERSITAS has attracted the support of outstanding scientists from around the world. These individuals are committed to the goals of DIVERSITAS, bring visibility to the Programme, and promote it in a number of ways.

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Operational activities of DIVERSITAS are administered by the Secretariat. Under the leadership of the Executive Director, various support staff fulfill functions related to the Secretariat’s prime responsibilities, which include providing central access to the Programme, assuring its day-to-day operation, and assisting the SC in fulfilling its responsibilities, as described above. The Executive Director is appointed by the Sponsors, based on the recommendations of a Search Committee, which includes the Chair of the DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee.



Last updated: 13 September 2006

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