Programme for eLTER conference, Malaga

The programme for the eLTER conference in Malaga, 28 Nov - 01 Dec 2017

Please note: this programme is subject to change. The final programme will be made available to delegates at the meeting.


Day 1. 28th November: Science Day

8:30-10:00: Registration 

9:00-9:20: Michael Mirtl: Welcome and status of eLTER

9:20-10:20 Challenge 4: Environmental protection, sustainable management of natural resources, water, soils, biodiversity & ecosystems

  • Daniel Orenstein: A nation apart? Long-term socio-ecological research as a mechanism for strengthening the role of the ecological sciences in society
  • Laurent Longuevergne: TBA


10:20-10:40 Coffee break


10:40-12:00 Challenge 1: Biodiversity loss and land use change

  • Ingolf Kühn: Biodiversity loss and land use change as an eLTER scientific challenge
  • Ingrid Kröncke: Climate driven changes in macrofauna communities in coastal areas of the LTER North Sea Benthos Observatory
  • Fernando Valladares: TBA


12:00-13:00 Lunch


13:00-14:15 Challenge 2: Climate change and greenhouse gases

  • Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern: TBA
  • Anders Lindroth: eLTER's role in the landscape of European RIs
  • Antonello Provenzale: Climate change and European Protected Areas


14:15-14:30 Comfort break


14:30-15:45 Challenge 3: Eutrophication and pollution – Reactive N in the environment

  • Maria Holmberg & Thomas Dirnböck: TBA
  • Haben Blondeel (& Kris Verheyen): Land-use legacies and reactive nitrogen (N) affect forest herbs in a large-scale multi-factor experiment
  • Pedro Pinho (& Christina Branquinho): Using ecological indicators as a tool to evaluate the impacts of excessive nitrogen in ecosystems


15:45-16:00    Coffee break


16:00-16:45 Panel discussion: Why does it make sense that all of you would work at the same eLTER site?

  • Panelists:  Ingolf Kühn, Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern, Maria Holmberg, Thomas Dirnböck, Daniel Orenstein


16:45-18:00 Poster session and refreshments



Day 2. 29th November: Stakeholders' day

The aim of the stakeholders' day is to

  • set the eLTER in perspective in the European research infrastructure landscape

  • present the science case, impact and the global relevance of the eLTER RI

  • introduce the eLTER ESFRI progress, and

  • discuss and receive feedback.


8:30-10:00: Registration 

9:00 – 10.30 Chair: Francisco Javier Bonet García


  • Welcome: Stefan Klotz (UFZ) & University of Malaga (TBC)
  • Objectives, overall design and role of eLTER in the RI landscape: Michael Mirtl
  • eLTER RI science case: Ingolf Kühn and Michael Mirtl
  • Discussion



10:30 - 10:55 Coffee break


10:55 – 12:05 Chair: Nicolas Arnaud


  • Design and NRI components: Steffen Zacharias
  • Central Services and IT infrastructure: John Watkins
  • Discussion



12:05 - 13:05 Lunch


13:05 - 15:35 Chair: Terhi Rasilo


  • Implementation plans: Jaana Bäck and Marjut Kaukolehto
  • Impact and innovation potentials of eLTER RI: Herbert Haubold and Ingolf Kühn
  • Discussion



15:35 - 16:00 Coffee break


16:00 - 17:00 Moderated discussion (Moderator: Herbert Haubold)

  • International views on eLTER RI. Global panelists:
    • Barbara Ryan, Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
    • Hank Loescher, Director, The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), USA
    • Beryl Morris, Director, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), Australia
  • European perspective - opportunities in the global context
    • International and European panelists (TBC)


17:00 – 17:30 Wrap up and closing

20:00     Dinner, Santa Catalina restaurant



Day 3. 30th November: Field trip

We will visit the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon, a wetland located 70 km North of Malaga city that hosts the largest colony of flamingos in the Iberian Peninsula. We will visit the facilities of this protected area and we will enjoy a bird watching walk and a picnic lunch.



Day 4. 1st December: LTER-Europe 2017 Coordinating Committee meeting (not public)

The national LTER delegations of European LTER member networks will meet for the annual business meeting from 9:00-12:30

The venue is Instituto de Estudios Portuarios. It is very close to the venue of the other meetings.

The agenda for this meeting will be sent by email to national delegations.


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