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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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Open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from both within and outside the network partners, the ALTER-Net Summer School provides an innovative atmosphere for thinking about and resolving the sustainability challenges that society is currently facing. Our Summer School aims at contributing to the durable integration and spread of excellence within and beyond the network, with a view to promoting interdisciplinary approaches.

ALTER-Net Summer Schools have been running since 2006 and offer students a unique opportunity to learn about current issues in biodiversity and ecosystem services.


They talk about the Summer School:

"“Many researchers do not spend that much time connecting with nature. You’re stuck in your office concerned about carbon targets or politics or funding and you don’t think about the deeper questions and connect.” Two decades before he founded The Lyceum, Aristotle said: “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” The Amazon and ALTER-Net summer schools are not only building an international community of deep thinkers. They are also reviving this sense of marvel in nature." Michelle Kovacevic for FutureEarth Blog July 2016

"For me this was a 100 per cent recommendable experience. If you ever have the chance to attend – do it!" Nils Droste's Blog September 2017