Consortia Details

Following the first telecon on October 6, the Canadian atmospheric science community is encouraged to organize into teams or consortia in order to present and advocate for ideas for future missions, instruments, observing systems or international collaborative projects.

Consortia are required for ideas on both the short-term and long-term horizons to be presented at the workshop. This is especially important for the short-term horizon in order to demonstrate the readiness of the consortium to move forward with an idea if funding were to become available.

Each consortium will provide a preliminary theme/title of their idea with a brief summary (up to one page), a preliminary list of the members and their affiliations and select one single point-of-contact (PoC) to be identified to the workshop organizers ( by Tuesday 31 October. The PoC can be the leader or Principal Investigator (PI) of the consortium or another member, since consortia can have whatever hierarchical structure they desire (2 or more co-PIs for example).

Members of the community are welcome to attend the workshop without belonging to any consortia. There is also no limit to the number of consortia that an individual can be affiliated with, but an individual can lead a maximum of one consortium (in each time frame). One can also still be a member of a consortium even if he/she is unable to attend the workshop.

Consortia membership guidelines:

  • Each consortium is expected to have members from academia, the government and industry.
  • Consortia without a member from a government department/agency are permitted, but this could be viewed as an indicator that the idea is not aligned with government priorities.
  • Consortia without industry representatives are also permitted, but this adds uncertainty to the feasibility and cost of an idea. Consortia consisting of only industry representatives will not be permitted.
  • Consortia may include some international team members (i.e. working outside of Canada), but consortia are expected to be primarily composed of members from the Canadian atmospheric science community.
  • Although this community workshop is planned to be as inclusive as possible, it is expected that attendees and consortium members are beyond the “trainee-phase” and are working in academia, government or industry.
  • Although CSA representatives will be integral to the workshop and preparatory telecons, they will not be affiliated with specific consortia in order in order to avoid potential real or perceived conflicts of interest.