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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

ALTER-Net launches two opportunities, primarily for its members, but also for non-members

News of ALTER-Net Multi-Site Research and High Impact Actions calls

ALTER-Net, Europe's ecosystem research network, has launched two calls to encourage collaboration between its member organisations. Whilst proposals submitted to the calls must be led by ALTER-Net members, non-members may also be included.

The Multi-Site Research (MSR) initiative is aimed at encouraging research proposals that utilise multiple European research locations. These could include European LTER sites (including Critical Zone Observatories). The initiative is designed to enable not only research on fundamental ecological questions but other research relevant to ALTER-Net, e.g.on socio-ecological research issues (with, e.g. interview techniques, citizen science approaches, etc.). Hence, as well as ecological studies, the programme will consider socio-ecological research and studies addressing topics including eco-political issues, ecosystem services, ecosystem functioning, etc. The more or less pan-European distribution of ALTER-Net consortium partners and European LTER sites potentially allows the inclusion of the majority of bio-geographical and (socio-)economical regions in Europe.

Full details of the MSR call are available on the ALTER-Net website. The submission closing date is 01 August 2016.

The ALTER-Net High Impact Action (AHIA) is aimed at scientists working at or affiliated to an ALTER-Net institute in order to deliver a high impact paper on hot topics related to biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystems services. As with the MSR, there is scope for research usng European LTER sites and/or the data they provide. The purpose of AHIA is to bring together existing knowledge from different partner institutes (including non-members of ALTER-Net) and to create a high impact paper and other deliverables.

Full details of the AHIA call are available on the ALTER-Net website. The submission closing date is 01 September 2016.