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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Resources for Working Groups

Synthesis Science, Step by Step

Welcome to the NCEAS community! We can't wait for your working group to visit Santa Barbara and conduct exciting synthesis science. This page contains guidance and resources to help you get your newly funded working group from concept to action, from scheduling your first meeting, to setting up support, to communicating your products. 

Working group leads should begin with these three resources.

Additional Resources

  • Room Availability

    Please check the availability of our meeting rooms before polling your team and emailing our events coordinator. The Manzanita Room seats up to 14 people and the Monarch room seats up to 20.

    NCEAS Calendar
  • NCEAS Facilities

    Our spaces are your spaces. This webpage includes photos and details of what you can expect when you come to visit. We look forward to hosting you!

    See our facilities
  • Code of Conduct

    All visitors to the NCEAS community, including working group participants, are expected to fully comply with the NCEAS code of conduct. Please be sure to share our full code of conduct with all members of your working group prior to the first meeting.

    Read our Code of Conduct
  • Reimbursements

    Reimbursement forms are emailed to all participants and are available online. Hotels are billed directly to NCEAS, but participants can claim a maximum of $62/day for food expenses. Forms should be submitted by 15 days after the meeting.

    Reimbursement instructions
  • Press Releases

    Are you ready to publish a working group paper? Congratulations! NCEAS communications and UCSB's press room The Current team up to share research news with the public. Please fill out this Google form to start the process. Responses will be sent to both NCEAS and UCSB communications teams and they will follow up with you.

    Google form
  • Data Policy

    NCEAS is committed to making ecological data widely available to the broader community. We ask working groups to abide by our data and information principles and management strategies, including having all data in repositories.

    Read our policy
  • Acknowledgement of Support

    It's important to acknowledge NCEAS in all of your working group's publications and products. This resource provides ready-to-go text for each working group type. Please see below for details about reporting products.

    Read our guidance
  • Reporting Products

    We require working groups to report to us all of the publications and research products, such as datasets or software, they produce as a result of their NCEAS support. This applies to all NCEAS working groups including ones with partners.

    Read our guidance

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Program Specific Information

At NCEAS, we often house synthesis science under multi-year initiatives. Currently, we have the Morpho Initiative, Gulf Ecosystem Initiative, and Long Term Ecological Research synthesis projects active. Below, you can find more details on each of these initiatives including contact information, data science support, and image assets.