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ALTER-Net High Impact Actions

An initiative aimed at encouraging ALTER-Net partners to collaborate on high impact research publications

A still from the AHIA 2014-15 Citizen Science video


  • Update: latest call closing date extended to 31 January 2018


The ALTER-Net High Impact Actions (AHIA) initiative is aimed at scientists working at or affiliated with an ALTER-Net institute in order to deliver a high impact paper on hot topics related to biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystems services.  The purpose is to bring together existing knowledge from different partner institutes (not excluding non-members of Alter-Net) and create a high impact paper and additional deliverables.

Calls for proposals are made once or twice a year, inviting staff at ALTER-Net partner institutes to submit proposals for small projects that are expected to result in the submission of a paper in a high impact journal. The proposals must involve partners working together. Although aimed principally at ALTER-Net members, non-members may also be included in proposals, though the lead organisation must be a member of ALTER-Net.


AHIA news

  • 4th AHIA call opens 16 November 2017 - This call is for projects starting in March 2018 at the earliest. For full details, see the 4th AHIA Call document. The key dates are:
    • Publication of the call: 16 November 2017
    • Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 January 2018
    • Decision by ALTER-Net Council: 1 March 2018
    • Earliest possible start: 1 April 2018
    • Period for project: 1 year


  • First AHIA project complete - The project, Public participation in science and policy: development of a science-society interface in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services, was led by ESSRG. The results are a paper in Conservation Biology and a video. Read more...


AHIA projects

CallActivity periodProjectLead partnerStatusAdditional informationOutputs
4 2018-19 - - Call opens 16/11/2017 Call details -
3 2017-18 Monitoring and Evaluation for Ecosystem Management (MEEM) JHI On-going Call for participants was circulated to ALTER-Net members in February 2017
3 2017-18 Cultural Ecosystem Services: an Empirical Approach across European Landscapes and Beyond Irstea On-going Involves a range of ALTER-Net and non-ALTER-Net partners
2 2016-17 Marrying One Health with EcoHealth: Inclusive Nature-Based Solutions and Action Research Directions SYKE On-going Involves a range of ALTER-Net and non-ALTER-Net partners
1 2015-16 Public participation in science and policy: development of a science-society interface in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services ESSRG Complete The project yielded a paper in Conservation Biology and a video

Paper: Bela, G., et al. (2016), Learning and the transformative potential of citizen science. Conservation Biology, 30: 990–999. doi:10.1111/cobi.12762

Video: The role of citizen science in biodiversity research


1: 2014  |   2: 2015  |  3: 2016  |  4: 2017


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