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

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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The ALTER-Net Summer School


Due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, ALTER-Net Summer School 2020 has been cancelled. This was an extremely difficult decision that was reach following close review of the situation.  Any applications received this year will automatically be considered for next year's Summer School. In February of 2021, we will ask applicants if they wish to participate in the 2021 Summer School; applicants will not need to register again or send a new reference letter, unless they prefer to do so. Those applicants who have not yet sent a letter will need to do so next year. 


ALTER-Net Summer School 2020 is cancelled. See you in 2021!


The ALTER-Net Summer School takes place in Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France.

Peyresq provides an unparalleled setting for discussing biodiversity loss and conservation; concepts such as ecosystem services, ecosystem service valuation, and nature’s contributions to people; the biodiversity science-policy interface; inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches, and working with stakeholders to foster transformative change.


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      What people have said about past Summer Schools


      "I went to the Summer School with many questions in my head, but came back with even more... but also with a lot of new friends!"
      - Monika Suškevičs, student in 2014

      "...a unique opportunity for young European researchers to come together, to focus on interdisciplinary issues and to develop personal networks..."
      - Karl Baadsvik, past Summer School organiser

      "A modern-day School of Aristotle, where lecturers learn as much as students - if not more"
      - Summer School tutor

      "The Summer School provided me a great opportunity for generating and exchanging ideas"
      - Monika Suškevičs, student in 2014

      "I have a clearer idea of what I might want to do after my PhD"
      - A past student

      "The Summer School exceeded my expectations on course content, practical work, hospitality and social occasions"
      - A past student

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