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ALTER-Net Summer School 2007

Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France (Photo: Björn Reu)

Trends in Biodiversity: European Ecosystems and Policy

Please see below the detailed programme, where you can click on the title of a presentation and you will get the pdf file of the talk, the summary of a student and recommended background literature and more information on the speaker as well. A short version of the programme (one page) can be downloaded.

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Detailed programme


Arrival and

Welcome and general introduction
Wolfgang Cramer & Sabine Lütkemeier
Why did we all come here? An interactive discussion
Dagmar Schröter
The history of Peyresq
(Introduction and village walk)
Jean Vancompernolle
Trends in and Threats for Biodiversity / Posters Trends in biodiversity, regional, European and global...
Allan Watt
The 2010 biodiversity target: Measuring and monitoring progress
Rik Leemans
Poster session Why conserve biodiversity?
Martin Sharman
Trends in and Threats for Biodiversity / Posters Communicating to policy-makers
Anthony Patt
Biodiversity in aquatic systems - what are the important drivers and pressures?
Viera Straskrabova
Poster session Leisurely walk to the shepherds
Biodiversity in Europe: Monitoring and Assessment Biodiversity in a changing world: Global issues and projections of diversity changes at large scales
Sandra Lavorel
Vulnerability to land-use change of ecosystem services provided by European traditional agro-pastoral landscapes - The French Alps as an example
Sandra Lavorel
Working group sessions Biodiversity conflicts: Perspectives from the social sciences
Fritz Reusswig
Pressures: Scenarios / The DPSIR Concept Methods for building scenarios of the environment
Joe Alcamo
Quantifying global change scenarios
Tim Carter
Working group sessions: Kick-off meeting The Anthropocene: From hunter-
gatherers to a global geophysical force
Will Steffen
Excursion: Land-Use Change in the Provence Excursion
Resilience of Systems and Communities (natural and social) Landscape variability and impacts of ammonia in relation to the Habitats Directive
Mark Sutton
Land-use change scenarios in the European context - Interpreting regional scenarios from global storylines
Mark Rounsevell
Working group sessions How to handle biodiversity for nature managers and policy-makers?
Henk Siepel
Application of Concepts One way to value diversity - the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment
Wolfgang Cramer
Climate change impacts and feedbacks: catchment-scale dynamics
Harald Bugmann
Working group sessions

the local folk dance group
Exploring the consequences of climate change for EU nature protection policies
Jane Feehan
Indicators of Ecosystem Services Biodiversity, local participation and gender
Hanne Svarstad
Aggregating biodiversity indicators for policy purposes: Sense or nonsense?
Chris Klok
Working group sessions: Interim meeting Life´s structure in space and time: Information flow in the biosphere
Wolfgang Lucht
Free Day Free day
European Ecosystem Services The environmental dimension of human vulnerability - Results from Europe (and elsewhere)
Dagmar Schröter
The economics of ecosystem services
Sigrid Stagl
Working group sessions Socio-ecological transitions in human history and present, and their impact upon biodiversity
Marina Fischer-Kowalski
Evaluation Networking of long-term biodiversity and ecosystem research and monitoring from local to global
Terry Parr
Working group sessions
Evaluation / Presentation of Case Studies by the Working Groups Working group sessions Presentation of the working groups Assessment of the posters
Bill Bealey
Vulnerability studies today and tomorrow
Wolfgang Cramer





The Summer School Objectives


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

The 2007 Summer School focussed on:

* Biodiversity in Europe - state of the art;

* Monitoring and assessment;

* Modelling and scale issues;

* Resilience of systems and communities (social and natural);

* Policy analysis and processes;

* Discourse analysis;

* Linking biodiversity research with policy and the public.


In the plenary (Photo: Wolfgang Cramer)

23 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 stayed for some time in Peyresq informal discussions went 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 the region around Peyresq and compiled the report "Reducing regional vulnerability in the Alps - Developing sustainable adaptation strategies and managing biodiversity in a climate of change". The working groups concentrated on the following sectors: Water, nature conservation, agriculture and tourism. Delegates of these working groups summarized their results in a synthesis report aimed at policy makers. An excursion illustrated land-use change in the Provence. Of course there were also opportunities to relax in the beautiful village of Peyresq and its surroundings.
Here you can download the flyer of the summer school.



The ALTER-Net 2007 summer school was open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from the network partners, universities and some participants from developing countries. Adequate English skills were required. All participants presented a poster on their own research. The summer school was limited to 32 participants, who were selected with the goal of achieving an optimal mix among regions, disciplines and gender. There were no registration fees and accommodation (double rooms) and meals were provided. Travel costs had to be covered by the participants. For the two participants from South America the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research provided the travel grants.
Here you can download the application form. An evaluation questionnaire was included in the folder of the participants and a shorter 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.


Summer School Conveners



Wolfgang Cramer
Global Change & Natural Systems
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Telegrafenberg A62
14473 Potsdam
E-mail: Wolfgang.Cramer -at-
Rik Leemans
Environmental Systems Analysis Group
Wageningen University
P.O. Box 47
6700 Wageningen
The Netherlands
E-mail: Rik.Leemans -at-

Sabine Lütkemeier
Summer School Director
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Telegrafenberg A62
14473 Potsdam
E-mail: Sabine.Luetkemeier -at-
Dagmar Schröter
Chief Tutor
Spittelauer Lände 5
1090 Vienna, Austria and
Research Fellow at Clark University
Worcester, USA
E-mail: Dagmar.Schroeter -at-



Executive Board of the ALTER-Net Summer School

Karl Baadsvik, Chair, NINA, Trondheim, Norway
Wolfgang Cramer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany
Lars Lundin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Henk Siepel, ALTERRA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Jana Špulerová, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Jaroslav Vrba, Hydrobiological Institute, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

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