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August 5, 2002: NEON Session at annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Tucson, AZ.
NEON is an exciting first step toward fulfilling the vision outlined in the National Science Board's Task Force on the Environment Report: Environmental Science and Engineering for the 21st Century--The Role of the National Science Foundation. NEON will expand the frontiers of ecological inquiry in ways that have not been possible through existing site specific research programs. The NSF budget request for 2003 includes the initiation of NEON, and it is now up to the scientific community to develop the support needed from Congress to make NEON a reality. Representatives from NSF, the Bush administration, Congress, and the scientific community discussed plans for NEON and strategies aimed at securing congressional support.
September 16-17, 2002: NEON planning workshop, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA
Topic: Information management
September 20, 2002: AIBS reports on IBRCS and NEON at the annual meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI.
Agenda: The morning of the first day will be spent reviewing IBRCS and NEON background through presentations and discussion. In the afternoon, presentations and discussion of current biological monitoring and database projects will provide members with a sense of what is already out there. The second day largely will be spent working in small groups to set the course for the white paper and other group activities.
In preparation for the March 2003 release of the NEON report, AIBS is convening a series of town meetings to hear from the scientific community about NEON. Additional information is available, and online registration is required.