9th ALTER-Net summer school (2014)
Visit our new Photoblog, where Summer School students and tutors will be asked to post photos and short stories of their experience in Peyresq.
Monika Suškevičs of the Estonian University of Life Sciences was awarded an ALTER-Net Mobility Scheme grant (available to staff and post-graduate students of ALTER-Net member institutes) to attend the 2014 ALTER-Net Summer School. You can read Monika's report here.
Maud Borie was a student on our 2014 Summer School. She has written a blog post, 'Reflections on the ALTER-Net Summer School'
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Open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from both within and outside the network partners, the ALTER-Net Summer School provides an innovative atmosphere for thinking about and resolving the sustainability challenges that society is currently facing. Our Summer School aims at contributing to the durable integration and spread of excellence within and beyond the network, with a view to promoting interdisciplinary approaches.
ALTER-Net Summer Schools have been running since 2006 and offer students a unique opportunity to learn about current issues in biodiversity and ecosystem services.
What people say
The Summer School provided me a great opportunity for generating and exchanging ideas
I have a clearer idea of what I might want to do after my PhD
A modern-day School of Aristotle, where lecturers learn as much as students - if not more
...a unique opportunity for young European researchers to come together, to focus on interdisciplinary issues and to develop personal networks...
What can I expect?
The programme typically includes talks in the morning and an aperitif talk in the late afternoon before dinner. All talks provide ample time for discussions. As the speakers usually stay for some days in Peyresq, informal discussions often go on till late at night.
Tutors guide small working groups in the afternoons to work on real world examples connected to the theme of the school. Working groups summarise their results into a synthesis report aimed at policymakers.
A field trip illustrates land-use change in Provence.
There are plenty of opportunities to relax in the beautiful village of Peyresq and its surroundings.
Speakers at our 2014 Summer School included:
Topics addressed in previous Summer Schools include:
I went to the Summer School with many questions in my head, but came back with even more... but also with a lot of new friends!
How to apply
Please look out for announcements about our next Summer School. In the meantime, check the eligibility criteria.
All enquiries:ALTER-Net Secretary
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