Funding for 2010 International Year of Biodiversity Projects in Australia

The Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD) is coordinating a program of events and activities in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. Through funding from the Science Connections Program (SCOPE), a series of seed grants are available to help museums, science organisations and community groups establish programs that encourage Australians from all walks of life to explore the role of biodiversity in sustaining vital natural systems, and as a source of inspiration and cultural identity.

These seed grants, of up to $5000, will be available in multiple rounds of funding throughout the year. The first round of up to four grants is available now to CAMD members and like institutions and their project partners. Applications by expression of interest are invited, and should set out the aims, scope, timeline and methods of the project, the resources sought from CAMD, and those to be contributed by participants. Applications shall be no more than two pages and will be assessed according to the following criteria, and preference given to projects which clearly demonstrate:

  • accessibility and reach
  • making innovative use of museum resources (which may include collections, venues, staff support and web resources)
  • crossing disciplines - science, social science/humanities
  • active community/visitor participation
  • potential for a legacy after the International Year of Biodiversity
  • the event / project will be carried out and completed by 31 December 2010


Please forward expressions of interest for the first grant round by close of business on Wednesday 12 May 2010 to:

Geoffrey Crane
Program Manager
Science Communication and Strategic Partnerships
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre
PO Box 5322
Kingston ACT 2604

Or email Geoffrey Crane

Find out more about Biodiversity 2010 across Australia.


Key Year of Biodiversity messages

'Humans are part of nature's rich diversity and have the power to protect or destroy it.'

'Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital services our lives depend on.'

'Human activity is causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at a greatly accelerated rate. These losses are irreversible, impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on everyday. But we can prevent them.'

'2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. Let's reflect on our achievements to safeguard biodiversity and focus on the urgency of our challenge for the future. Now is the time to act.'

Further information about the objectives, messages and resources of the International Year of Biodiversity can be found on the Convention on Biological Diversity website .

This initiative is funded with assistance from the Science Connections Program within the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.


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