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

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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What we do

About ALTER-Net's main activities

Activity areas

The following activity areas were agreed in January 2014. They are being coordinated by ALTER-Net Management Board members:


Joint Training Activities
(including Summer School)

Research Calls

High Impact Actions

Research Activities

Science-Policy Interface


Keeping partners and the wider community informed of ALTER-Net activities and opportunities


Equipping the next generation of ecosystem researchers with essential knowledge and skills


Encouraging collaborative proposals

Collaborating on hot topics & high impact outputs


2016-17 call...

Enabling partners to engage in multi-site and collaborative research activities


Supporting the development of better engagement between researchers and policymakers; collectively representing ALTER-Net members in policy interface forums


Supporting the development of Europe's long-term ecosystem research infrastructure, particularly LTER-Europe




Recent ALTER-Net activities...

ALTER-Net conferences

Active in IPBES-3

Summer School

EU research projects

Strategic alliances


Yard monastery

Our most recentconference on nature-based solutionstook place from 18-20 May 2015 in Ghent.

Prior to that, we held a successful conference on ‘Research underpinning the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020’, in cooperation with EC DG Environment.

We are now planning our thrid 'Ghent' conference, which will take place in 2017.


IPBES-3, Bonn, Germany, January 2015

In January 2015, many ALTER-Net members took part in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 3rd Plenary meeting in Bonn, Germany. They were heavily involved in negotiations concerning the IPBES Stakeholder Engagement Strategy. ALTER-Net partner UFZ also helped organise the pre-conference stakeholder days.

Summer school - poster session

ALTER-Net's flagship initiative attracts around 30 students each year to Peyresq, France, to learn about key aspects of biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services research from leading experts in the field. The Summer School takes an interdisciplinary perspective, and is a unique learning opportunity.

Jiska at BiodivKnowledge meeting

Recent and ongoing projects such as EKLIPSE, KNEU, BESAFE, ROBIN, OPERAS and OPENNESS originated from ALTER-Net partnerships. The large-scale FP7-funded project OpenNESS on operationalizing ecosystem services and natural capital, was a joint ALTER-Net response.

All of these projects are led by an ALTER-Net member. Meanwhile, ALTER-Net is facilitating the establishment of new consortia for members to take part in multi-million Euro research projects funded via the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.

Eeva & Jurgen, EPBRS, Dublin, May 2013

ALTER-Net has built strategic alliances with other networks in order to increase joint impact. We strengthened our links, through presentations or joint action, with networks such as IPBES (providing a European input into this global process), LTER, IALE, EPBRS, PEER, the BiodiversityKnowledge network, and MarBEF.

Group at the conference 2 (Alumni). Photo: Allan Watt

We have developed our communication activities, growing our presence on social media, creating a summary brochure, videos and a range of promotional material.

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