Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa
Greetings, greetings, greetings to you all
Welcome and thank you all for your ongoing support for the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL). It is a great pleasure for me to be the President of INTECOL and I have really enjoyed this role for the last three years. I have fantastic support in my role from the INTECOL Board and from previous presidents including past president Alan Covich, vice president Bojie Fu and from the Secretary General of INTECOL, Eun-Shik Kim.
INTECOL has an important history in supporting and co-ordinating the activities of professional societies, research organisations and individuals, and providing a forum for the exchange and creation of new ideas in ecology. The association was founded in 1967 as the Ecology Section of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS). The association aims to present world-class ecological science for students, policy makers and general public, and to be highly relevant and responsive to the information needs of policy and management.
INTECOL is strong on networking and sharing ecological knowledge and information across the world, and this is one of the core aims of the association and roles of the Congress, every four years. INTECOL also supports other conferences including the International Wetlands Conference and Eco Summit. The 2013 INTECOL Congress in London was organised by the British Ecological Society and had the theme of “taking ecology into the next 100 years”. The theme of next years 2017 Beijing Congress will be “Ecology and Civilisation in a Changing World” and is being organised by the Ecological Society of China. The Congress provides an important platform for presenting the latest research on global ecological, and providing a forum for ecologists to network and collaborate. Ecological research is fundamental to understanding and addressing environmental concerns.
The INTECOL Board in particular supports students and emerging ecologists. We have a very important partnering relationship with the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE) and there are two representatives from INNGE on the INTECOL Board. INNGE seeks to bring especially early career ecologists together from around the world and is inspirational in generating new ideas and innovations in global collaboration and communication.
INTECOL aims to sustain and enlarge the INTECOL network of professionals. As President I want to support the INTECOL network to prosper, and to grow and expand. I want to encourage new members from across all parts of the world, and for them to support each other in global partnerships and to co-operate in addressing and finding solutions to environmental issues. I have worked for over 30 years as an ecologist in New Zealand in both conservation management and policy development. This has included leading teams of specialists undertaking high profile conservation and threatened species management and working closely with community volunteer groups. I am passionate about ensuring INTECOL is successful as an organisation and as a co-operative network of ecologists globally and that it makes a difference to our environment.
I would welcome your ideas and suggestions for INTECOL, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Nga mihi nui
With best wishes