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First Future Earth Scientific Committee meeting

The Future Earth Scientific Committee held its first face-to-face meeting in Magaliesburg, South Africa, between the 19th and 21st of November 2013.

The Committee has 18 members representing the full spectrum of global environmental change science from natural science to social sciences, humanities and engineering. The meeting was an early opportunity for committee members to put into practice Future Earth's commitment to integrate disciplinary strengths, and to develop research themes and processes that are better suited to address interconnected and multi-faceted issues.

Discussions focused on the vision for Future Earth and priority areas of work over the short-, medium-, and long-term, including the process to define new fast-track initiatives under Future Earth and research challenges for funding agencies. Committee members also took an overview of the existing global environmental change programmes, and estimated that DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP engage with at least 50,000 scientists worldwide. Preliminary discussions on the process to develop key success factors for Future Earth in 2025 took place too. The 2025 success factors are expected to be finalised in September 2014 and will be published thereafter.

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