By 2007 NSF awarded more than $13 million to AIBS to "educate the scientific community" about NEON and "to develop the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Coordinating Consortium, NEON Project Office, and preliminary Project Execution Plan." AIBS began by establishing a project, called Infrastructure for Biology at Regional to Continental Scales (IBRCS
), to let ecologists in on the idea.
Some of the items presented and discussed in the council meeting included: (1) report on public policy activities by Adrienne Froelich, AIBS Director of Public Policy, (2) report on IBRCS
NEON project by Jeffrey Goldman, IBRCS
Project Manager, (3) a discussion of progress on AIBS's Mathematics and Science Partnership Program, (4) report on BioScience by Editor Timothy Beardsley, (5) an update on the BioOne online journals project (which the Tri-Societies did not subscribe to), and (6) an update on NSF funding programs and initiatives.