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Europe’s ecosystem research network


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Summer School panorama. Photo by Martin Sharman

What to expect

An overview of what can you expect during the Summer School


Peyresq - 2006 Summer SchoolThe Summer School takes place in a small, remote, picturesque village in Southern France. Peyresq is isolated and WiFi can occasionally be hard to come by--but this only makes for an even more relaxed, informal environment in which to learn and share ideas.

The programme typically includes talks in the morning, followed by group work in the afternoon. All talks provide ample time for discussions. As the speakers usually stay for some days in Peyresq, informal discussions often continue late into the night. An aperitif talk is normally scheduled in the late afternoon before dinner.

The afternoon working group sessions aim to enable students to work on real world examples connected to the theme of the school. The groups are small and are guided by tutors. Ultimately, these working groups will summarise their results into an impactful synthesis report aimed at policymakers.

field trip illustrates land-use change in Provence, and takes in some truly serene mountain locations.

In addition to the structured agenda, the ALTER-Net Summer School leaves time for plenty of opportunities to relax in the beautiful village of Peyresq and its surroundings.

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