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ALTER-Net Summer School 2006

Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France


Summer School 2006


27 August - 8 September 2006, Peyresq, France


The ALTER-Net EU Network of Excellence has organized it´s first Summer School from 27 August to 8 September 2006 in Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France. The topic was Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Ecological and Socio-economic Aspects. The school was a unique opportunity to explore this important issue with 35 like-minded post-graduate students and young scientists from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and UK. 22 Speakers gave presentations on this subject in the morning or late afternoon. Here is a list (pdf) with all the participants, tutors and speakers. In the afternoon the five working groups studied different regions in the Alps and summarised their studies in the report "Vulnerability of the Alps - a preliminary assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services" (pdf: 13MB). Here is a short version of the programme as a pdf file for downloading.

Here you can have a look at the detailed programme from where you can go to the indiviual talks and download the presentations as pdf files. Student summaries and some background literature or doi numbers are included there as well as more information on the speakers.



The Summer School Objectives

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

The 2006 Summer School focused on:

  • Biodiversity in Europe - state of the art;
  • Monitoring and assessment;
  • Modelling and scale issues;
  • Critical ecosystem properties to sustain ecosystem services;
  • Socio-economic aspects of ecosystem services;
  • Indicators of ecosystem services;
  • Linking biodiversity research with policy and the public.


In the plenary


22 experts gave lectures on the themes mentioned above. The programme included two talks in the morning and an aperitif talk in the late afternoon just before dinner. All talks provided ample time for discussions and as the speakers usually staid for some time in Peyresq informal discussions were going on till late at night. Tutors with considerable expertise in relevant fields guided the working groups in the afternoons. They discussed implications of findings for actual European ecosystems and their services and compiled these in a written report. An excursion illustrated land-use change in the Provence. Of course there is also the opportunity to relax in the beautiful village of Peyresq and its surroundings.

Here you can download the flyer of the summer school.


Claus Beier, RNL, Roskilde, Denmark
Michael Bredemeier, FERC, Göttingen, Germany
Harald Bugmann, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Tim Carter, SYKE, Helsinki, Finland
Wolfgang Cramer, PIK, Potsdam, Germany
Anke Fischer, Macaulay, Aberdeen, UK
Helmut Haberl, IFF, Vienna, Austria
Carina Keskitalo, Umeå University, Sweden
Rik Leemans, U Wageningen, Netherlands
Petra Lucht, Technical U, Berlin, Germany
Wolfgang Lucht, PIK, Potsdam, Germany
Stefan Rahmstorf, PIK, Potsdam, Germany
Odd Terje Sandlund, NINA, Trondheim, Norway
Dagmar Schröter, Clark University, Worcester, USA
Martin Sharman, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Sigrid Stagl, U of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Viera Straskrabova, Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Will Steffen, CRES, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Mark Sutton, CEH, Edinburgh, UK
Sybille van den Hove, MEDIAN, Barcelona, Spain


The ALTER-Net 2006 summer school was open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from the network partners and some participants from developing countries. Adequate English skills was required. All participants were asked to present a poster on their own research. The summer school was limited to 35 participants, who were selecteded with the goal of achieving an optimal mix among regions, disciplines and gender. There were no registration fees and accomodation (double rooms) and meals were provided. Travel costs had been covered by the participants.

Here you can download the application form. This questionnaire was included in the folder of the participants or this one in the folder of the speakers. The evaluation of the summer school from the participants as well as from the speakers was very favourable and some tangible suggestions will help to organize futur summer schools even better.  

Lunch on the terrace


Deadline for Applications: has expired 

Successful applicants have been notified by 31 May 2006 and many on the waiting list have confirmed that they would like to remain there with a small chance to be still invited in case any cancellations are received.

Please contact the Summer School Director concerning any questions you might have in respect to the summer school:

Sabine Lütkemeier
Summer School Director
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
14473 Potsdam
E-mail: Sabine.Luetkemeier -at-

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Poster session
Working group on the terrace



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