Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society


SAGES call for members Research Fora : focused and time-limited special interest groupings for which, if approved, facilitation funding will be made available. Fora are intended to evolve within SAGES and to be cross-cutting, offering flexible ways of bringing communities together.

Fora should be developed with the clear intent of providing a structure which will facilitate the work of SAGES in delivering better coordinated and authoritative science, through engagement with relevant stakeholders and fostering multidisciplinary approaches.

The expectation is fora will have clear purposes, for example: workshop to discuss a specific research challenge or new technique, submission of collaborative research proposals, joint supervision of PhD students, authorship of an expert white paper, publicity of a key environmental concern.

Each Forum will be led by one of two Convenors and it is anticipated that they will establish a small group of representatives to assist them in guiding the work of the Forum.

Inclusion of early career researchers (who are welcome to be convenors) and multiple SAGES institutions is strongly encouraged.

The remit of this group will be to facilitate the work of the Forum in achieving its objectives.

Where appropriate, it is important that the Representative Group embraces the need to engage with industry, regulators and other stakeholders. This may be facilitated by securing appropriate representation from these bodies on the Group or by making sure that they are engaged in appropriate meetings and networking events of the Forum.

The intention is that the SAGES Administrator provides basic administrative support to Forum Convenors.

This function could include assistance in organising meetings and networking events.

If the work of the Forum expands beyond the existing capacity of the Administrator’s resources, consideration will need to be given to the source of further resource input.

The work of the fora will be supported and organised through SAGES but this does not preclude non-SAGES members from joining.

Non-SAGES participants are welcome, but must register on the SAGES website and be recorded (including affiliation and contact details) as members of the group. They will not normally be eligible for direct SAGES funding.

Forum proposers are encouraged to consider potentially relevant links to other research Pools (e.g. MASTS), Innovation Centres (e.g. OGIC, CENSIS, SAIC), Scottish Centres of Expertise (e.g. CXC, CREW), and/or NGO’s (e.g. National Resilience Centre, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage), though this is not a prerequisite.

If you wish to set up a SAGES Forum, please complete the application form below

You are welcome to contact SAGES Theme leaders, if relevant, and/or the SAGES Director to discuss your idea.

It is anticipated that funding up to £2k will be available for each Forum.

Application deadline : 15 September 2023.

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