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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.

The 2011 Summer School 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 typically included two talks in the morning and an aperitif talk in the late afternoon before dinner. All talks provided ample time for discussions. As the speakers usually staid for some days in Peyresq, informal discussions were often going on till late at night. Tutors guided the working groups in the afternoons to work on real world examples connected to the theme of the school. The working groups concentrated on the Alpes-Maritime department and studied the following sectors: Agriculture and forestry, 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.


In the plenary in Peyresq


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