On Nov. 10th, Join the AIBS/IBRCS NEON Coordination and Implementation Conference, Part 2

Plan to participate in person, by telephone, and/or by webcast....

(Preparation for release of final report)

November 10, 2003
Open Session from 1:00-4:00 pm, Eastern

East Room of the American Society of Association Executives Building
1575 I St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

This second and concluding part of the NEON Coordination and Implementation Conference provides an open forum for the scientific community to discuss how to form, manage, and govern NEON. Part 1 of the conference was held in early September 2003, when members of the IBRCS Working Group, other NEON stakeholders, and experts in the formation and management of large scientific networks, facilities, and organizations convened to begin writing a report on this topic that would outline an action plan and next steps for NEON.?

The draft of the report from Part 1 of the conference, posted on October 15, 2003, is online at http://ibrcs.aibs.org/news/index.asp for public comment. Written comments can be received until November 7, 2003, via the web interface at the above URL.

During the open session of Part 2 of the conference on November 10, 2003, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern, the authors of the draft conference report will be available to discuss the report's recommendations and other matters pertinent to the coordination and implementation of NEON. A final conference report will be issued soon thereafter.


1:00 pm Welcome, Report overview
1:30 pm Summary of NRC NEON study results, David Tilman, Chair, NRC Committee on NEON
2:00 pm Questions and comments from audience
3:30 pm Q&A with Liz Blood, NSF program officer for NEON
4:00 pm Adjourn

How to Participate on November 10th: In Person

RSVP to Jeffrey Goldman, IBRCS Program Director at jgoldman@aibs.org that you plan to attend the conference in the East Room of the American Society of Association Executives Building, 1575 I St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005.

How to Participate on November 10th: By Toll-Free Teleconference and/or by Webcast

By teleconference, dial (800) 817-8874 and connect to the "AIBS Conference". Callers will be patched in to the meeting room's P.A. system.

By webcast, you may listen directly at http://citizenswebcasting.com/vvasx/0000083D00000000.asx , or visit http://www.citizenswebcasting.com/detailpage.asp?sid=2109 for more information. (Windows Media Player version 7.0 or greater recommended.)

Pre-registration is not required for either the teleconference or the webcast, but we would appreciate an RSVP to Jeffrey Goldman, IBRCS Program Director at jgoldman@aibs.org so that we can plan for the appropriate volume of calls.

If you have trouble accessing either the teleconference or the webcast at the time of the conference, please call ASAE at 202-262-9799 or 202-626-2799.

Additional Information of Interest for the November 10th Conference

The following item was posted on the IBRCS website yesterday:

November 4, 2003: IBRCS Working Group supports NRC NEON report in open letter to NSF

Dear Dr. Blood:

The Infrastructure for Biology at Regional to Continental Scales (IBRCS) Working Group supports the findings and recommendations of the National Research Council's Committee on the National Ecological Observatory Network as articulated in the report, NEON: Addressing the Nation's Environmental Challenges. We welcome the committee's unequivocal endorsement of the NEON concept and the need to develop integrated biological research infrastructure to confront the nation's environmental challenges. With this report, the NRC has added its voice to numerous calls for support of the next-generation environmental research...

See the full text of the letter online at http://ibrcs.aibs.org/news/index.asp.

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