ALTER-Net Summer Schools 2010


The Fifth ALTER-Net Summer School
"Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"
has taken place from 5 - 14 September 2010 in Peyresq, France

Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France (Photo: Martin Sharman)

Here you can download the flyer,  a double poster or a single poster of 2010.

Here are direct links to the photo galleries of Peyresq, our walk to the shepherd, the excursion, the working groups and many nice evenings. And in case you would like to see more photos of the summer school here is a link to the photo collection of Martin Sharman and here of Allan Watt


Programme 2010


Click on the title of the presentation which you are interested in to learn more and if you are interested in the CV of the speaker click on the name. Here you can find a short version of the programme (pdf).

Arrival / Introduction Welcome
Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping
Martin Wildenberg

Biodiversity, scenarios and conservation Biodiversity, ecosystem services, threats and responses...
Allan Watt
Wolfgang Cramer

The working groups
Uta Fritsch

Posters The chimp´s tale
Martin Sharman
Ecosystem services, vulnerability, knowledge and economics ALTER-Net
Integration of traditional and scientific knowledge in human-wildlife conflict management
Jiska van Dijk
Ecosystem services and global change - The environmental dimension of human vulnerability
Dagmar Schröter
Working groups The Anthropocene: From hunter-gatherers to a global geophysical force
Will Steffen
The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity
Leon Braat
Modelling ecosystem services using Bayesian networks
Roy Haines-Young
Working groups Place-based approaches to the assessment of ecosystem services
Marion Potschin

Village walk
Jean Vancompernolle

Ecosystem services, assessment and sustainability
Walk to the shepherds
Jean Vancompernolle
Natural resources management - Ecological economics
Åsa Jansson

A scientist´s dilemma after the tsunami
Simron Singh
Environment policy and conflicts Landscape variability and impacts of ammonia in relation to the Habitats Directive
Mark Sutton

Managing conservation conflicts
Steve Redpath
Working groups ESSP: developing an integrated Earth system science approach
Rik Leemans
Excursion: Land-use change in the Provence

Excursion photo gallery
Decision making Prospective modelling of land use change
Nicolas Dendoncker

Freshwater biodiversity in a nutshell
Klement Tockner
Working groups Good science / good policy
Brooke Wilkerson
Future challenges From the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment to IPBES
Hal Mooney
Deep-sea ecosystem goods and services: A challenge for natural and social sciences
Sybille van den Hove
Working groups Working groups
Results and outlook Working groups Presentation of the working groups Analysis of the maps created using Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping
Martin Wildenberg

Final comments on Peyresq 2010
Allan Watt



Summer School Objectives

The ALTER-Net Summer Schools aim at contributing to the durable integration and spread of excellence within and beyond the network, with a view to promote interdisciplinary approaches.

start_on_terrace_va.jpg The 2010 Summer School has focussed on:

  • Biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe;
  • Ecosystem processes, function, services and benefits;
  • Resilience of social and natural systems;
  • Valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • Linking biodiversity research with policy and the public.

The programme included two talks in the morning and an aperitif talk in the late afternoon before dinner. All talks provided ample time for discussions and as the speakers usually stayed for some days in Peyresq informal discussions were going on till late at night. Tutors guided the working groups in the afternoons this year as well. The working groups concentrated on the Var department and studied the following sectors: Agriculture, tourism, nature conservation and renewable energy. One delegate from each of these working groups joined the synthesis group summarizing the results in a synthesis report aimed at policy makers. A field trip illustrated land-use change in the Provence. Of course there were also opportunities to relax in the beautiful village of Peyresq and its surroundings.



Speakers of the summer school in 2010

- Leon Braat, ALTERRA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
- Wolfgang Cramer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
- Nicolas Dendoncker, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur, Belgium
- Roy Haines-Young, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
- Åsa Jansson, The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
- Rik Leemans, Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
- Hal Mooney, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
- Marion Potschin, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
- Steve Redpath, Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, Aberdeen University, UK
- Dagmar Schröter, Umweltbundesamt, Vienna, Austria
- Martin Sharman, Directorate General for Research, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
- Simron Jit Singh, Institute for Social Ecology (IFF), Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Klagenfurt University, Vienna, Austria
- Will Steffen, Climate Change Institute, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
- Mark Sutton, Atmospheric Sciences, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Edinburgh, UK
- Klement Tockner, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany
- Sybille van den Hove, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, Autonomous University of Barcelona & Median SCP, Valldoreix, Spain
- Jiska van Dijk, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research - NINA, ALTER-Net II Secretariat, Trondheim, Norway
- Allan Watt, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
- Martin Wildenberg, Institute of Social Ecology (IFF), Vienna, Austria
- Brooke Wilkerson, University of Bergen, Norway




The ALTER-Net summer schools are open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from the network partners and universities in Europe. Two participants from developing countries can participate as well. Adequate English skills are required. All participants present a poster on their own research. The summer school is limited to 32 participants, who are selected with the goal of achieving an optimal mix among regions, disciplines and gender. In 2010 a registration fee of 800,-€ was required which includes the lectures, the excursion, accommodation (double rooms) and meals. Travel costs had to be covered by the participants.

Here is a list of all participants (pdf).


All the participants and tutors of 2010 (Photo: Martin Sharman)