Rules for membership and governance of the Science Committee

Submitted by bobmacm on June 17, 2011 - 12:14
  • The Science Committee was formally constituted In Rome, Italy on May 20, 2010
  • Membership will consist of:
    • The Science Committee Chair of GlobalSoilMap.net
    • The Project Coordinator of GlobalSoilMap.net
    • The Science Coordinator of GlobalSoilMap.net
    • The Science Coordinators for each node (need to identify coordinators for 4 nodes)
    • Representatives of officially recognized supporting institutes
    • Task leaders of formally recognized task groups
    • Various specifically invited experts, as required.
    • Node leaders may attend at their discretion but their participation is not mandatory
  • The role and responsibilities of the Science Committee will be to:
    • Make final decisions, and resolve genuine scientific disagreements, on any topic of deliberation according to the following decision making protocol:
      • By consensus if this is achieved within the committee
      • By majority vote if consensus is not achieved within the committee
      • By delegation of decision making to the consortium committee, if required
      • By unilateral decision of the Committee Chair if no decision by above methods
    • Support production of the global map of soil properties
    • Make scientific recommendations to the node leaders
    • Provide the Science Coordinator with direction and oversight, including setting priorities for the work plan and activities of the Science Coordinator.
    • Identify key scientific and technical issues of current interest to the project
    • Identify strategies and approaches for addressing these key scientific issues
    • Establish and/or approve the mandate and scope of task groups or activities
    • Receive, review and approve or reject recommendations for action submitted by the Science Coordinator, a task group leader or any Science Committee member..
    • Publish and disseminate the minutes and decisions of the Science Committee to make these available to all project participants for their information and review.
    • Ensure that there is a consistent message and consistent understanding of the scientific methods and products approved and accepted by the project.
  • The Science Committee will meet for discussion and deliberation as follows:
    • In person at least once per year in conjunction with a major conference or workshop
    • In person, at intermediate times at the discretion of the Chair, if circumstances provide an opportunity and there is a need for discussion or decision making.
    • By conference call or other electronic forum at regular intervals of 2-3 months
    • By conference call or electronic forum to respond to extra-ordinary circumstances
  • Amendments to membership, schedules, rules and expectations can be made according to the decision making criteria outlined above.

In November 2008, an $18 million grant has been obtained from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to map most parts in Sub-Sahara Africa, and make all Sub-Saharan Africa data available. From this grant there are also funds for coordinating global efforts and for the establishment of a global consortium. Several institutions have assumed a leading role in this effort and have made substantial financial and in-kind contributions.

Our main donors: