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Workflow systems support the design, configuration and execution of repetitive, multi-step pipelines and analytics, well established in many disciplines, notably biology and chemistry, but less so in biodiversity and ecology. From an experimental perspective workflows are a means to handle the work of accessing an ecosystem of software and platforms, manage data and security, and handle errors. From a reporting perspective they are a means to accurately document methodology for reproducibility, comparison, exchange and reuse, and to trace the provenance of results for review, credit, workflow interoperability and impact analysis. Workflows operate in an evolving ecosystem and are assemblages of components in that ecosystem; their provenance trails are snapshots of intermediate and final results. Taking a lifecycle perspective, what are the challenges in workflow design and use with different stakeholders? What needs to be tackled in evolution, resilience, and preservation? And what are the “mitigate or adapt” strategies adopted by workflow systems in the face of changes in the ecosystem/environment, for example when tools are depreciated or datasets become inaccessible in the face of funding shortfalls?