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

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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About the ALTER-Net Summer School

Open to graduate and post-graduate scientists (as well as professionals in related fields), the ALTER-Net Summer School provides an innovative atmosphere for considering and resolving the sustainability challenges that society is currently facing.

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Summer School themes.

Biodiversity is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history, and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world (IPBES, 2019). The ALTER-Net summer school focuses on the challenge of biodiversity conservation taking a systemic perspective. In this course, we explore drivers of change, and the role of ecological knowledge and social science approaches, including environmental psychology, for conservation.

In particular, we discuss the potential of concepts such as ecosystem services, ecosystem service valuation, and nature’s contributions to people to address biodiversity loss. We also examine how various initiatives at the science-policy interface (IPBES, EKLIPSE, ALTER-Net) embrace these concepts for decision-making, and with what success. Finally, we discuss the need to develop inter-or trans-disciplinary approaches, working with stakeholders to foster the transformative change needed to bring society back onto a sustainable path.

For further information on the content of this year’s summer school see link to programme and speakers.

Summer School participation.

The summer school is open to graduate students, post-graduate scientists and professionals from related fields.
For further information on eligibility, see link.

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What people are saying about the ALTER-Net 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% recommendable experience. If you ever have the chance to attend – do it!"
Nils Droste's Blog September 2017