LTSER Workshop Helsinki Jun 2011

ALTER-Net Workshop: Long term socio-ecological research: What do we know from science and practice? (Helsinki, 14-17 June 2011)


  • Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network (ALTER-Net) (Jiska van Dijk)
  • Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) (Eeva Furman, Leena Kopperoinen, Laila Liukka)
  • Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), Alpen-Adria Universität (Simron Jit Singh)
  • Helsinki University Centre for Environment (HENVI) (Jari Niemelä)
  • InterAcademy Panel (IAP) (Kinga Krauze)


The emerging interdisciplinary field of Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research, abbreviated LTSER, aims at observing, analyzing, understanding and modelling of changes in coupled socio-ecological (or human-environment) systems over longer, i.e. at least decadal, sometimes even centennial, periods of time. LTSER is focused on interactions between societies and ecosystems at various spatial and temporal scales. By including long-term monitoring, historical research, forecasting and scenario building, empirical and conceptual research as well as participatory approaches, LTSER aims at providing a knowledge base that helps to reorient socio-economic trajectories towards more sustainable pathways.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars and practitioners engaged with Long-term Socio-ecological Research to discuss the state-of-the-art in terms of science and practice, and to build stronger links between the two.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Christopher G. Boone, School of Sustainability and School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA
  • Dr. Bálint Czúcz, Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vácrátót, Hungary
  • Dr. Jan Dick, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Eeva Furman, Environmental Policy Centre, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Helsinki, Finland
  • Network Director Elli Groner, Israel LTER Institute for Desert Environment Research, Ben Gurion University
  • Professor Helmut Haberl, Institute of Social Ecology Vienna (SEC) and Alpen-Adria Universität, Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Zita Izakovicova, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • DI Dr. Michael Mirtl, Ökosystemforschung & Monitoring, Umweltbundesamt, Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Maria Luisa Paracchini, Rural, Water and Ecosystem Resources Unit, JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission, Ispra, Italy
  • Dr. Simron Jit Singh, Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), Alpen-Adria Universität, Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Taru Peltola, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Joensuu, Finland


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