Past Opportunities

Call for Communities (2020 Cohort)

Future Earth Australia was accepting applications from community leaders in Australia to join the 2020 cohort.  

We are looking for community leaders who are already working to build more inclusive, resilient communities.

Communities selected for this cohort will work collaboratively with Future Earth Australia and selected scientists to design, develop and execute their project. Projects are undertaken free of charge to your community. 

This is a great opportunity to: 

  • Have a pro-bono community scientist address your community's top sustainability priority  
  • Have Future Earth Australia handle the planning and development of your community science project for you 
  • Collaborate directly with community scientists to develop impactful tools and solutions that work for your community. 

If selected to develop a community science partnership, 1-2 leaders from each community will be invited to develop, in collaboration with selected scientists, a community science project that addresses the community priority indicated in your application.   

Examples of the kinds of areas that a community science project could cover, include (but are not limited to): 

  • Consumption, waste and circular economy 
  • Ocean and coastal adaptation to environmental and climate change 
  • Community-empowered climate adaptation, particularly for disasters like bushfire and flood 
  • Diverse and resilient local food economies 
  • Improving water security and quality 
  • Defending biodiversity, protecting precious species and building biodiverse places 

The application process consists of three steps:

  1. Read the following documents:
    1. Guidelines for Communities (1 page)
    2. Eligibility and Selection Criteria (2 pages)
  2. Contact Eleanor Robson ( to organise a time to discuss your project idea and eligibility.
  3. Read the following documents:
    1. Thriving Earth Exchange Statement on Integrity in Community Science (4 pages)
    2. Managing and Understanding Risk in Thriving Earth Exchange (3 pages)
  4. Complete the Expression of Interest form.

Expressions of interest were due 26 June 2020.