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ALTER-Net is at LTER-Europe's annual conference

Staff from many ALTER_Net partner institutes, including the chair of our Council, Eeva Furman, are in Rome this week for the annual LTER-Europe conference.

LTER-Europe, a network of European long-term ecosystem research infrastructures, has teamed up with the LIFE+ project EnvEurope, for its annual meeting, which is taking place in Rome this week. ALTER-Net formally supports LTER-Europe, and several ALTER-Net partner institutes are closely involved in their national LTER networks and the EnvEurope project. Chair of the ALTER-Net Council, Eeva Furman, will give a presentation on LTER-Europe as infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem services research in ALTER-Net. LTER-Europe itself is chaired by Michael Mirtl of ALTER-Net partner UBA (EAA).

In building a site network for biodiversity and ecosystem research since 2004, LTER-Europe has identified a set of requirements in the field of cross-site workflows, network design, tools for information management, harmonization and standardization. The LIFE+ project EnvEurope has successfully tackled these requirements over the past 4 years (2010-2013). The products of EnvEurope and the approaching Horizon 2020 are the entry point for the next phase in designing the European research infrastructure landscape in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem research.

A key challenge for LTER-Europe, with its highly instrumented observational sites and socio-ecological research platforms, is how best to cooperate and integrate  with both large scale monitoring schemes (including remote sensing) and experimental approaches. The interaction with key stakeholders, such as ALTER-Net, at the joint conference in Rome will form a milestone on this way. This meeting is an opportunity for infrastructure managers and scientific users interested in LTER-Europe to meet and hear about the science that LTER-Europe helps deliver and to exchange ideas, strengthen interactions, identify development priorities and explore possible collaborative projects.

The programme for the conference is available below.

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