LTER-Europe is not strictly a membership organisation: there is no joining fee, for example. Instead, LTER-Europe is an umbrella organisation, a network of networks. Our 'members' are the LTER networks that operate in different parts of Europe, mostly, national monitoring and research networks.
Q. I am involved with an LTER-Europe member network: How can I get a login for the website?
A. Here is what to do:
- Find the main contact for your network who is representing you in LTER-Europe. Tell them you would like an account on the LTER-Europe website. They will need your email address
- Your representative should then contact the LTER-Europe secretariat asking that you be registered
- When your account is created you will receive an email with your username and password. Use this information to log in. You will have the option to change your password
- In the Members' area (available only to logged-in users of the site) you will find information to help you use the site.
Q. We are establishing a new LTER network in Europe: how can we become part of LTER-Europe?
A. You should first read the bylaws and policies of LTER-Europe. These will explain the membership criteria. LTER-Europe adheres to the policies of the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER). Therefore, you will need to apply for membership of ILTER.
If you think your network is eligible for membership, then get in touch with the Chair or Vice-Chair of LTER-Europe. Their contact details are available on the main contacts page. They will be able to advise you on the steps involved in becoming a member. As well as applying for ILTER membership, the process will typically involve providing certain details about your network (such as information about people and sites), which can be added to this website.
LTER-Europe has grown rapidly in recent years. Becoming a member is not difficult: the process has been designed to ensure that the member networks are those that truly fit the criteria of LTER networks and are capable of working together to provide an integrated European capacity for long-term ecosystem research and monitoring.
Q. We operate a long-term monitoring site but are not part of a network. what can we do?
A. Contact the site network in your country if one exists. You can find details of existing national networks who are members of LTER-Europe.