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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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About ALTER-Net


ALTER-Net brings together leading institutes from 17 European countries. They share the goal of integrating their research capability to: assess changes in biodiversity, analyse the effect of those changes on ecosystem services and inform the public and policy makers about this at a European scale. Originally funded by the European Union’s Framework VI program to stimulate a collaborative approach, ALTER-Net is now operating independently. Since 2009 ALTER-Net's budget has been supported through financial pledges and in-kind contributions from our partners across Europe. Without this support, ALTER-Net would no longer be here. Thank you all!

ALTER-Net's objectives are listed below, along with a brief history. To learn more about our current activites see What we do...

ALTER-Net Partners Map June 2018

Map last updated June 2018


ALTER-Net's main objective is to develop lasting integration amongst its partner institutes, and others, all of whom are involved in biodiversity research, monitoring and/or communication. ALTER-Net is building upon a number of activities developed during the first (EU-funded phase), including:

  • Identification of common research priorities and development of a common research programme
  • Further development of the LTER-Europe network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research sites (LTER) and Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research platforms (LTSER); ALTER-Net was instrumental in developing this major European research infrastructure
  • The ALTER-Net Summer School, which has been providing training for young researchers in inter-disciplinary approaches to biodiversity and ecosystems research since 2006
  • Establishment of a vibrant interdiscplinary research community, which ALTER-Net has championed and nurtured, and actively supports through topical workshops
  • Communication and knowledge transfer at interfaces such as scientist-to-scientist, scientist-to-policymaker and with the general public
  • Supporting the EU LifeWatch project (developing the infrastructure for sharing biodiversity data), of which ALTER-Net is a founder member
  • Development of a common data sharing policy.


Our journey...

See also: What we do