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ALTER-Net Summer Schools 2009

The Fourth ALTER-Net Summer School

"Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"

has taken place 5 - 17 September 2009 in Peyresq, France


Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France (Photo: Sandra Öberg)

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Programme 2009

Please 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. Please find here a short version of the programme (pdf).
Arrival and

Welcome and general introduction
Allan Watt, Wolfgang Cramer, Uta Fritsch & Sabine Lütkemeier

The history of Peyresq
(Introduction and village walk)
Jean Vancompernolle

Biodiversity and ecosystems: An introduction Biodiversity, ecosystems, processes, functions, services, benefits, threats and responses...
Allan Watt
One way to value diversity - the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Wolfgang Cramer
Poster session
Introduction to Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping and first maps by the participants
Martin Wildenberg
Towards a sustainable society: the role of research
Martin Sharman
Scenarios Scenarios
Detlef van Vuuren
Poster session
Working group sessions
Deep-sea ecosystem goods and services: A challenge for natural and social sciences
Sybille van den Hove
Valuation and long-term ecosystem research TEEP - challenges for valuing ecosystem services in local conservation politics
Augustin Berghöfer
Long-term ecosystem research and monitoring: biodiversity and ecosystem services
Terry Parr
Walk to the shepherd
Jean Vancompernolle
Habitats and humans
Habitat heterogeneity and consequences for insect biodiversity
Adam Vanbergen
Policy, people, points of view and participation
Juliette Young
Working group sessions A scientist´s dilemma after the tsunami - Challenges for sustainability science
Simron Jit Singh
Ecosystem services and assessments
Modelling ecosystem services using Bayesian networks
Roy Haines-Young
Place-based approaches to the assessment of ecosystem services
Marion Potschin
Working group sessions
with an
Introduction to science communication
Uta Fritsch
Dieback of Amazonian rainforests - a scientist´s dilemma
Wolfgang Cramer
Excursion: Land-use change in the Provence Excursion
Human history, conventions and directives
Sociometabolic transitions in human history and present, and their impact upon biodiversity
Marina Fischer-Kowalski
(presented by
Simron Jit Singh)
The 2010 biodiversity target and long-term climate protection targets
Rik Leemans
Working group sessions: Interim meeting Landscape variability and impacts of ammonia in relation to the Habitats Directive
Mark Sutton
Conservation, conflict and policy Tipping points in the earth system. Consequences on ecosystems and society
Diana Reckien
Competing claims and tools for biodiversity assessments
Eric Arets
Working group sessions
ALTER-Net continues
Jiska van Dijk
Global change
Ecosystem services and global change - The environmental dimension of human vulnerability
Dagmar Schröter
Communicating uncertain science of global change to policy makers
Tony Patt
Working group sessions Fuzzy cognitive mapping: Second maps by the participants
Martin Wildenberg
Free day Free day
The future
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment - Why it happened. Will it happen again?
Hal Mooney
Good science is hard to find (and so are good policies)
Brooke Wilkerson
Working group sessions Working group sessions
Results and outlook Working group sessions
Presentation of the working groups / Press releases
Analysis of the maps created using fuzzy cognitive mapping
Martin Wildenberg
Final comments on Peyresq 2009
Allan Watt



More information


and here are links to former Summer Schools:
  • 2006 on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Ecological and Socio-economic Aspects
  • 2007 on Trends in Biodiversity: European Ecosystems and Policy or of
  • 2008 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.




    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 2009 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.

    In the plenary (Photo: Allan Watt)


    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 Verdon catchment a local region nearby and on the following sectors: Agriculture, tourism  and nature conservation. One delegate from each of these working groups joined the synthesis group summarizing the 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.




    Speakers of the summer school in 2009

    - Eric Arets, ALTERRA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    - Augustin Berghöfer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
    - Wolfgang Cramer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
    - Roy Haynes-Young, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    - Rik Leemans, Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
    - Hal Mooney, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA
    - Terry Parr, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster, UK
    - Tony Patt, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
    - Marion Potschin, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
    - Diana Reckien, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
    - 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
    - Mark Sutton, Atmospheric Sciences, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Edinburgh, UK
    - Jiska van Dijk, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research - NINA, ALTER-Net II Secretariat, Trondheim, Norway
    - Adam Vanbergen, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    - 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
    - Juliette Young, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) Edinburgh, Scotland, UK





    The ALTER-Net 2009 summer school was open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from the network partners, universities and for two participants from developing countries and Australia. Adequate English skills were required. All participants presented 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. There was a registration fee of 850,-€ which includes the lectures, the excursion, accommodation (double rooms) and meals. Travel costs had to be covered by the participants.

    Here you can download the application form. The deadline has expired and the successful applicants have been notified by 15 July 2009.

    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
    Telegrafenberg A51
    14473 Potsdam
    Phone: +49 - 331 - 288 - 2538
    Fax: +49 - 331 - 288 - 2640
    E-mail: Sabine.Luetkemeier -at-


    All the particpants and tutors (Photo: Martin Sharman)



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    Walk to the shepherd with Jean and a big surprise: super mushrooms (Photos: Chris Andrews and Caspar Verwer)


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