Call for nominations to join the Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee

Call for nominations to join the Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee

We are currently looking for people to join the Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee (ADRC). The Ayahuasca Dialogues are an extensive, consensus-based consultation process including as many people as possible who have an interest in ensuring the safety and sustainability of ayahuasca. You can learn more about the Ayahuasca Dialogues here.

In order to map the scale of this interest, and understand how to make it as easy as possible for stakeholders to have their say, the ESC will be carrying out on-the-ground research in Peru, Columbia, Ecuador and Brazil in April, May and June of 2014 and writing a final report for launch at the World Ayahuasca Conference in Spain this September.

The ADRC will help to provide guidance during this research and reporting, which as groundwork for the Ayahuasca Dialogues is aiming to ensure that the process is as effective and inclusive as possible. This first phase of the Ayahuasca Dialogues will set the stage for the multi-stakeholder consensus building process that will lead to the eventual drafting and public consultations of the Ayahuasca Agreement.

Time commitment: Late March 2014 to September 2014, with the hope that individual ADRC members stay on throughout the Ayahuasca Dialogues in 2015-16.

Nominee profiles: The Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee will be made up of approximately 10-12 people with experience in fields such as ethnobotany, anthropology, qualitative research, economics, development, drug policy, sustainable tourism, agroecology, sustainable plant collection and cultivation, and jungle safety. Individuals with experience of ayahuasca traditions or religions related to one or more of the four key target countries are also welcome to apply. For full details please see the PDF here: Call for Nominations–ESC Ayahuasca Dialogues Research Committee

If you, or someone you know, sounds suitable please send a nomination to Ellen Percival (ellen [at ] ethnobotanicalcouncil.org), including a brief description of suitability, contact details, and any supporting information. Self-nominations are also happily accepted. Ideally nominees should be able to speak some English, however, we will also consider nominations for candidates who only speak Spanish or Portuguese.

The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2014, although sooner is welcomed. Decisions will be announced publicly by the last week of March.

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