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Social Science Working Group

The SCB Social Science Working Group (SSWG) is a global community of conservation scientists and practitioners. Established in 2003, the SSWG is dedicated to strengthening conservation social science and its application to conservation practice around the globe. SSWG is administered by a Board of Directors and Board Committees. SSWG catalyzes forums and mechanisms for information exchange, promotes dialogue and debate, shares career opportunities and builds social science capacity among conservation practitioners.

You can review the current SSWG Strategic Plan, the revised 2016 Bylaws and Annual Report.

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Call for nominations: SCB Social Science Working Group Board

Nominations due by 26th of April 2019

The Board of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group (SSWG) seeks nominations for five representatives to the SSWG Board to serve a three year term, beginning in July 2019. Board members will be invited to attend a meeting at the 2019 International Congress for Conservation Biology in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July (while attendance is not mandatory, it is encouraged).
The SSWG is a global community of conservation professionals interested in the application of social science to the conservation of biological diversity. Since its founding in 2003, the SSWG has grown to nearly 500 members in 60 countries. The SSWG is home to a diverse and multidisciplinary array of conservation researchers and practitioners, including social scientists, natural scientists, and humanities specialists from many different backgrounds. The SSWG Board has been active in developing and coordinating initiatives that best accomplish the mission of the SSWG, which is to strengthen conservation social science and its application to conservation practice. 
We seek nominations of dedicated, creative, and enthusiastic individuals to provide leadership for two SSWG Board seats. We welcome self-nominations and ask that you don’t nominate someone without his/her permission. The nominations committee will take into account geographic, disciplinary and professional diversity in constructing a final slate of up to ten candidates to run in the election. All nominees must be SCB and SSWG members in good standing. (To check your status, log on to your membership page at SCB). All candidates should possess: (1) a demonstrated commitment to SCB and SSWG (both the missions and the organizations); (2) sufficient time/capacity to provide leadership; (3) relevant research and/or practitioner experience. 
Time commitments vary (approximately 4-10 hours per month). We ask potential candidates to think carefully about their ability to make sufficient time for SSWG Board activities before becoming a nominee. Board members are encouraged to attend one in-person meeting annually, and are expected to attend monthly virtual meetings, serve as the Chair or member of a standing SSWG Committee, serve as an SSWG liaison to SCB committees or conference planning efforts, develop and implement SSWG strategic plan and Committee work plans, and support the SSWG's goals in the following five areas:          

  1. Science: Advance scientific understanding of conservation as a social process.
  2. Policy: Inform conservation decision-making through scientific dialogue and stakeholder engagement. 
  3. Capacity-building: Enhance the ability of scholars and practitioners to understand and address the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation. 
  4. Membership: Expand, diversify, and engage the SSWG membership. 
  5. Organizational development: Increase the capacity of the SSWG to achieve its mission.             

The SSWG Board consists of 12 members including 9 board members, President, Past President and Secretary. More information about the SSWG (including strategic plan, work plans, and annual reports) is available on the SSWG website.

Nominees should send a CV and a statement of interest detailing past involvement with SCB and future vision for SSWG (250 words maximum) to Georgina Gurney (SSWG Membership and Nominations Committee Chair) by 26th of April, 2019. Please also indicate when you last attended an SCB meeting or whether you intend to attend one in the near future, the time commitment you are willing to make to board-related tasks, and committees you may be interested in participating in or leading. Elections will begin at the end of  April 2019.
Thank you for your consideration!

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