The Research Chapter (RC) initiative provides opportunities for an interest-based aggregation of members of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), as well as non-members. These RCs include individuals who are involved in ecological studies or projects, or who are interested in the ecological sciences.
Research Chapter activities are generally supported by ESA, and examples of potential activities and how they are supported by the Research Chapter Working Groups and ESA Board are shown in table 1. For example, RCs are encouraged to develop and facilitate annual/biannual symposia at ESA Annual Conferences, in collaboration with the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Research Chapters also provide opportunities for members to hold events outside of ESA, and can help to facilitate collaborative projects between RC participants.
The RC initiative started in November 2011 at the ESA conference in Tasmania. Since then ten RCs have been developed, and these groups are active to varying degrees within the society. The current RC’s are: