The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) has been a virtual and physical Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) for both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary integration, synthesis and modelling of ecosystem data to aid in the development of evidenced-based...

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How participation worked

ACEAS supported three main external activities: Targeted Workshops, Working Groups and Sabbatical Fellows, applications for which were open twice a year. There were six 'rounds' managed in this way, from May 2010 through to November 2012. Other meetings were supported for separate...

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Each of the ACEAS groups analyse and synthesise information to gain new insight into the critical question they have chosen to pursue. They produce a variety of outputs, including presentations to their peer groups and the wider community; meeting reports; Final Reports;...

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About TERN

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) was established in July 2009 to provide a national collaborative infrastructure and framework to assist in collection and management of scientific data to meet the needs of the terrestrial ecosystem research community. The network...

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The ACEAS Grand Workshop 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Science making sense: the role of transdisciplinary synthesis

May 7-9, Shine Dome, Canberra, attended by over 80 people from throughout Australia.


The Grand ACEAS Workshop 2014 explored the relevance of analysis and synthesis through the experience of ACEAS participants. The ACEAS community pioneered the Synthesis Centre experiment in Australia, and spoke with authority about the utility and relevance of an intervention such as ACEAS. The event was a combination of public discussion and the traditional ACEAS Workshop.


Not only a paper was written as a result of the workshop (Lynch et al. 2015), but a Special Issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment 'Catalysing transdisciplinary synthesis in ecosystem science and management' was produced to which ACEAS and other synthesis centre groups of similar age submitted articles. The SI was published, with open-access for one year, in September 2015. To see this publication (Science for the Total Environment 534: 1-184) click here.


All articles with links are listed on the Publications page of this web site.


One of the features of this Workshop was the Hypothetical which you can watch here.


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 02:48
Banksia Award 2014 Print E-mail

Banksia Award 2014The Indigenous Bio-cultural Knowledge Working Group won a 2014 Banksia Award in the category of Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability.

This award was gained for the work the group has been conducting (with ACEAS support), to collate documents and examples of living IBK and promote them through a “one-stop-shop” website This website includes a world-first map, which illustrates the locations of place-based publically-available Australian IBK. The map allows for analysis of gaps, hotspots and opportunities for IBK documentation.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 11:19
International Joint Synthesis Centre Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Held at the Centre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) 9-11 October 2013


Synthesis Centres as a global phenomenon...


A new global community of practice has been established and has launched a new, shared, web site. The first meeting of biological science synthesis centres from around the world was held in France from 9 to 11 October 2013 at the home of CESAB, the Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity. The meeting, spearheaded by the trans-continental team of ACEAS (the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis) and CESAB, brought together leaders of Synthesis Centres from four continents: Europe (including the UK), Asia, North America and Australia. These innovative additions to the tools of science have grown from small beginnings in the mid-1990s as the community has recognised their value alongside the explosion of data intensive science.

Where in the world?

ACEAS participants come mainly from Australia, but critical expertise is sourced from throughout the world.  Click on the map to see full size.


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 15:25
ACEAS Grand Workshop 2013 PDF Print E-mail

ACEAS Grand Workshop 2013 – Freshwater Ecology

This year’s Grand ACEAS Workshop is centred around Freshwater Ecology and will be held from the 19th-21st June in Brisbane. The Grand Workshop will bring together approximately twenty five nominated participants from nine ACEAS Working Groups that have focussed on topics around ecosystems dependent on our freshwater resources.


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