Integrated European
Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and
socio-ecological Research

Alternet Summer School: 'Biodiversity and Society: Science, Policy, and Transformative Change'

Open to PhD and early career researchers (as well as professionals in related fields), the Alternet Summer School will take place from 4-14 September 2024 in Peyresq, France. The summer school is organised and supported in cooperation with Biodiversa+ and creates an innovative atmosphere for considering the environmental challenges that society is currently facing, particularly those around biodiversity. It focuses on the challenge of biodiversity management and conservation by exploring drivers of biodiversity loss, and the role of ecological knowledge and social science approaches. This year’s theme of the summer school is Biodiversity and Society: science, policy and transformative change.

The programme of activities includes:

  • Morning talks and discussion with 20 invited speakers
  • Afternoon group work on a mutual learning project about the local social-ecological system and its possible futures 
  • Aperitif talks prior to dinner
  • Field trips to the mountain pastures used by local shepherds and the Parc National du Mercantour
  • Free time in the evenings for leisure and further discussion

The summer school is open to graduate students, post-graduate scientists and professionals from environmental and social science fields with an interest in sustainability science. All participants are expected to actively contribute to all aspects of the summer school.

Registration is open by 25 April 2024 here.

When (times shown are in CET)
04 Sep, 2024 1:44 PM to
14 Sep, 2024 1:44 PM

Peyresq, France