Administrative structure

The EPD Board consists of an elected chairperson, vice-chairperson, the spokespersons of the EPD Support Groups, and the EPD database manager. The EPD chairperson co-ordinates the Support Group activity and represents the EPD. The chairperson and vice-chairperson are elected by EPD contributors and scientists having a bona fide interest in the EPD, who must register in advance with the database manager. Nominees for the office of EPD chairperson need to be proposed before the elections by a proposer and seconder. The term of office is normally 4 years but the term is at the discretion of the board. The EPD Support Groups support the database manager. The spokespersons of the Support Groups are chosen by the groups themselves. Interested scientists are encouraged to join the Support Groups.


Chairperson: Thomas Giesecke (elected September 2016) (presentation_tg.pdf)

Vice-Chairperson: Graciela Gil-Romera (elected September 2016) (presentation_ggr.pdf)

Previous EPD Chairperson

During the discussions that took place at the Bonn IPC meeting, the new EPD administrative structure will include an elected chairperson.

Richard Bradshaw was elected as EPD Chairperson (2009-2016) (rb_photo.pdf)

Biographical sketch Richard obtained his PhD in vegetation history at the University of Cambridge in 1978. He has held positions in the USA, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark and is currently Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Liverpool, UK. He has authored over 100 papers and book chapters with special focus on studies of local forest dynamics using sediments from small forest hollows. Richard is an editor of Grana and associate editor of Journal of Ecology.

13 January 2009 A word from the chairperson...

Well that election with one candidate was unusual for our western democratic tradition, but its purpose was to create a mandate for upcoming decisions and activities. You had your chance to influence affairs! Immediate issues now are 1) to liaise with the USA-global NEOTOMA database initiative. We want to maintain our independence while being part of the developing global database; 2) develop age-depth models and 3) gather more data. Those of you that organise meetings, please consider inclusion of a useful EPD workshop or support-group meeting. I hope to be able to fund a meeting later this year for new contributors to the EPD to bring their data and see what the EPD can do for them. Watch this space and please use the wiki to air your ideas. Richard

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