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SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Finalist!
Congratulations! Your proposal, "Biodiversity collection a tools for understanding changes in the Pamir Mountains" in the Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains contest, has been selected to advance to the Finalists round.
Be proud of your accomplishment – 16 proposals were submitted and only a very small number have been advanced through these two rounds of judging.
As a Finalist, your proposal is eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as the contest’s Popular Choice award, which is determined by public voting.
If you haven’t already, you will soon receive an email from the Climate CoLab staff with details about the voting period. If you don’t receive that email within the next day, or have other questions, please contact the Climate CoLab staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
All winners will be announced the week after the voting period ends, on September 12, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time.
Both Judges Choice and Popular Choice will receive a special invitation to attend selected sessions at MIT’s SOLVE conference and present their proposals before key constituents in a workshop the next day, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded. A few select Climate CoLab winners will join distinguished SOLVE attendees in a highly collaborative problem-solving session. Some contests have additional prizes given by the contest sponsor.
Thank you for your work on this very important issue. We’re proud of your proposal, and we hope that you are too. Again, congratulations!
2015 Climate CoLab Judges
Additional comments from the Judges:
This is an interesting approach to adding new data sources to the calendars: using specimen analysis of historical and ongoing biodiversity collections. The citizen-science like aspect of adding new specimens and classifying existing specimens is also very creative, and has a participatory flavor. The research themes in biodiversity are well described, including potential connection to climate change. The research aspects are strong, especially the analysis of historical weather data and biodiversity data from the project.
However, the participation is largely as contributors to the projects, not collaborators in the design of the project. While the proposal does include the work and knowledge of the community members, with the engagement of indigenous population being mainly in classroom and adult volunteer training, this proposal could be made stronger by describing more substantially the involvement of the community and the investigators knowledge of appropriate community engagement. (There are no references to participatory analysis in the references.) It would be great to involve community participation in setting up the project – deciding which species to focus on, advising on indigenous techniques or knowledge that can be applied, making sure the collections themselves are done a way that sensitive to the values and norms of the local participants. One suggestion is to consider borrowing some of the techniques of the “Generations Working Together” proposal, perhaps by collaborating.
SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Semi-Finalist!
Congratulations! Your proposal, Biodiversity collections as tools for understanding changes in the Pamir Mountains in the Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.
You will be able to revise your proposal and add new collaborators if you wish, from now until the revision deadline (June 18, 11:59pm [EDT]).
Judges' feedback are posted under the "Evaluation" tab of your proposal. Please incorporate this feedback in your revisions, or your proposal may not be advanced to the Finalists round. We ask you to also summarize the changes that you made in the comment section of the Evaluation tab.
At the revision deadline, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will undergo another round of evaluation to ensure that Semi-Finalist proposals have addressed the feedback given, and select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award.
Thank you for your great work and again, congratulations!
The proposal does include the work and knowledge of the community members. There are no references to participatory analysis in the references. This proposal could be made stronger by describing more substantially the involvement of the community and the investigators knowledge of appropriate community engagement.
There is little detail in the proposal of how specimen collections can be used as tools for climate change adaptation.
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