Working Groups

Working Groups


Community members are encouraged to actively engage in initiating and organizing activities that contribute to the GLP. Activities that constitute the formation of a Working Group (WG) may include the organization of workshops that address GLP science priorities, synthesis work on a chosen topic within LSS, journal special issues, the development of land system science (collaboration) tools, and many other activities. A WG that undertakes such an activity should be made up of participants from more than one institution and country and the activities should be more integrative than those conducted within a normal research project. GLP WGs are expected to sustain a certain minimal level of activity. This involves creating an active community, communicating regularly, providing updates on the website, holding workshops when possible, and generating group products. WGs should have clear goals that are presented in a brief work plan at inception, and provide a timeline of milestone events, products, and anticipated termination date.

Benefits to participating scientists and expectations by GLP

WGs benefit from their affiliation with GLP in a number of direct and indirect ways. GLP WGs receive enhanced visibility, access to the Future Earth (FE) research network with opportunities for collaboration with FE’s Knowledge Action Networks (KANs) when desirable/appropriate, wide dissemination of news and results through print and online publications, priority consideration of financial support for workshops from GLP and potential strengthening of outside funding proposals, priority in allocation of time slots or resources during OSM. Each WG will adhere to the guidelines outlined below and maintain a page on the that includes photo/s, a brief summary description, WG coordinators and members, activities, announcements, etc.

Management and Deliverables

GLP WGs are managed by a designated coordinator or co-coordinators (max 2 unless otherwise approved) that direct their goals/activities. All WGs must have at least one designated SSC/IPO liaison (either chosen or allocated) and keep their liaison informed of the group’s progress and plans via the IPO and a brief annual report which will form the basis for annual review by the SSC. The IPO will make half-yearly inquiries on the WG progress, while WGs will make the results/deliverables available for dissemination to the larger GLP community via and/or other outlets as available.

Becoming a Working Group

Any community member may apply to start a WG. Proposals for new or revised GLP WGs can be submitted by email to Applicants should consult and refer to GLP Science Plan and outline the work plan with a timeline, milestones, and products for each phase. Proposals are evaluated for approval by the SSC. SSC members should be contacted to discuss proposals well in advance of the final proposal submission. The expected duration of a focused, efficient WG is 3 years. More complex WGs can request to extend into a second phase with a new proposal to the GLP SSC. Co-sponsoring of WGs by other organizations (e.g. a Future Earth KAN or Research Project, or other organizations) are encouraged when appropriate.

Co-design and stakeholder engagement

WGs are encouraged to engage relevant stakeholders in their activities. The goal of engaging with stakeholder engagement has long been a part of GLP research practice but is additionally inspired through our relationship with Future Earth as it works to ensure knowledge is generated in partnership with society and the users of science. We define a stakeholder as any person or group who influences or is influenced by the research of the group. This may include people from policy development, government agencies, media, non-governmental organizations including business groups and non-profits, and other representatives in civil society. Depending on the objectives of the stakeholder relationship, involving stakeholders can occur in a number of ways and times throughout the group's lifespan e.g. at the planning (co-design), working and synthesis (co- production), or dissemination stages. Involving stakeholders can provide relevance, value, breadth, and depth to research. Key benefits, among others, may include assisting with framing and designing the group's scientific questions and outcomes, better knowledge and data input, and making a tangible contribution to global change science, future land system management, and/or policy development.

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