Summits & Working Groups

CIGLR convenes top experts from Great Lakes universities, NGOs, government agencies, and businesses to participate in summits and working groups (SWGs) focused on identifying the most pressing research and management needs to achieve sustainability in the Great Lakes.

Summits comprise groups of 20-30 invited experts meeting for 2-3 days to summarize the state of knowledge and recommend future directions on Great Lakes problems that span decadal time-scales.

Working groups bring together smaller groups (8-12) for up to one week to make detailed progress on more narrow Great Lakes issues with solutions on the time scale of months to years.

Summits and working groups are centered on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory’s (GLERL’s) research programs – Ecosystem Dynamics, Integrated Physical and Ecological Modeling and Forecasting, and Observing Systems and Advanced Technology – and are designed to advance Great Lakes science and contribute to CIGLR’s mission to increase NOAA’s research capacity across the Great Lakes.

CIGLR funds and hosts three to five SWGs per year, including competitive funding up to $20,000 for Consortium-led SWGs. Priority is given to proposals involving GLERL scientists.

2017 SWG Call for Proposals