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2 January 2024
Do you like looking at clouds and you want to understand them? Then this position might be for you. The Delft University of Technology has opened an academic tenure track position for the study of clouds using the observational and modelling facilities of the Ruisdael Observatory in the Netherlands. They offer the opportunity to develop your own research line and academic career in atmospheric sciences with the focus on clouds and their significance for weather and climate. You will co-develop e...
18 December 2023
On 15 February 2024, de.NBI and FAIRagro organise a workshop for anyone working with agro-system science data, interested in active learning, and gaining skills in both research data management and writing Data Management Plans. The tile of the workshop is 'Maximizing the Potential of Agricultural Research Data: A Guide to Crafting an Effective Data Management Plan', providing a mix of presentations and interactive exercises.The workshop will show you how a DMP can help to facilitate day-to-day...
4 December 2023
The 6th ATMO Transnational Access call is open until 31 January 2024 and focuses on multidisciplinary projects, which go beyond the strict atmospheric research. It is a unique opportunity to access 60 of the leading European atmospheric research facilities. Applicants must be affiliated to an organisation in a country other than the country where the site they wish to access is located.The call also offers remote and/or hybrid access - users can conduct a research project without the need to vis...
29 November 2023
INERIS is the French national expert institution in terms of environmental risks. Its mission is to contribute to the prevention of risks caused by economic activities to health, environment, and the safety of people and goods. As part of its research activities and support to public authorities, the unit ANAE develops analytical procedures for the characterisation of various environmental matrices including air. Its research activities are strongly linked to its implication in the French nation...
27 November 2023
The Center for Volatile Interactions (VOLT) in Copenhagen, Denmark announced the following two open positions:A 3-year PhD fellowship in Volatile Organic Compound exchange in freshwater ecosystemsWho is it for? An enthusiastic and ambitious candidate with an MSc degree in biology/ecology/ microbiology, geosciences, chemistry or similar fields obtained before the initiation of the PhD position. Experience with limnology, gas exchange measurements, VOC analytical techniques, isotope...
27 November 2023
At the beginning of November 2023, eLTER announced its 4th call for funded Transnational Access (TA) and Remote Access (RA) for scientists working in the areas of biodiversity, biogeochemistry, hydrology or socio-ecological research.The eLTER PLUS project opens up the eLTER Sites and Platforms for small and medium size research projects from various disciplines. Through the Access Scheme you can visit one or several of 43 long-term research sites in 19 European Countries (Transnational Acce...
20 November 2023
University of Basel is offering 2 positions for PhD students and 1 for a postdoc. They are as follows:PhD fellowship in Plant DiversityApplicants should have a Master degree in Plant Systematics or Ecology and expertise in identifying plant species in the field. Furthermore, you should be eager to work in the field, do experiments, and to become proficient in statistical analysis.PhD fellowship in Plant Evolutionary Ecology/Selection acting in NatureThe fellowship is for applicants who have a Ma...
14 November 2023
An article on ”Integrating carbon sequestration and biodiversity impacts in forested ecosystems” was published in the Ambio journal Special Issue: Carbon sequestration and biodiversity impacts in forested ecosystems, on 16 October 2023. This issue contains several papers where LTER data has been used in spatial modelling, remote sensing, developments of research infrastructures, and prioritization of important areas for biodiversity and carbon values. The special issue also contains papers on ec...
8 November 2023
The sixth eLTER PPP Interim Council meeting was held from 24 - 26 October 2023 in Berlin, Germany with the charismatic chairing of Kevin Bishop (SLU, Sweden). This hybrid event brought together around 50 participants – 28 attended in person in Berlin and 20 joined online. Among the attendees were the national Interim Council delegates from 17 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switz...
7 November 2023
The General Assembly 2024 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria and online, from 14–19 April 2024. We will organise the following session:BG8.14: Integrated solutions for landscape management of GHG balance and biodiversity in a changing environmentConvener: Syed Ashraful Alam, Katri Rankinen, Thomas Dirnböck, Harry Vereecken, Olga VinduškováThe session is co-sponsored by eLTER.The abstract submission deadline is Wedn...
25 July 2023
Representing the eLTER RI socio-ecological team, Daniel Orenstein and Merav Cohen from the Israel Institute of Technology traveled to Taiwan in April/May to learn about the Taiwanese experience in establishing LTSER platforms*.Taiwan’s three platforms (with a fourth in development) were established under the leadership of Prof. Teng-Chiu Lin and with the support of Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The platforms span diverse socio-ecological systems, including an island su...
25 July 2023
Digital Twins (DTs) started in industry to monitor and understand systems and processes, but they have now also become a hot topic in ecology. In a new paper (De Koning et al. 2023), they describe how DTs can help ecology, as a kind of real-time model that can integrate data and domain knowledge to continuously adapt to the real world.The study aims to clarify potential misunderstandings, as they are not necessarily artificial intelligence, large interconnected databases, and a synonym...
24 July 2023
The Portuguese LTsER Montado platform currently has several active research projects:- Project RENEWAL aims tot promote the resilience of agroforestry systems in drylands to a more arid future, ensuring ecosystem functions and services. It addresses climate change effects on oak woodlands (montados), semi-natural agroforestry systems of high ecological and socio-economic importance, that are an important ecosystem type southern Portugal. Montados are highly vulnerable to climate change and are c...
24 July 2023
Prof. Dr. Harry Vereecken has been awarded the 2023 Alfred Wegener Medal & Honorary Membership for his groundbreaking contributions to soil-plant-atmosphere research with a focus on subsurface processes related to the hydrological and biochemical cycles. Not only has he greatly advanced the specific research on the subject, but perhaps more importantly, he has been an integrator of connecting the individual sub-processes and sub-disciplines.In an interview he gave for eLTER regarding his awa...
18 July 2023
The scientific term succession describes the mechanisms by which inanimate or disturbed areas are colonised by living organisms. In the Rotmoos valley near Obergurgl, such succession studies have been carried out for decades. The glacier that originally dominated the valley has been melting for over 150 years, releasing areas for recolonisation.As a result, this open-air laboratory continues to reveal new findings. In a long-term study carried out by a group of researchers at the University of I...
21 April 2023
Citizen science (CS) is one the most promising forms of public engagement and it has huge potential to support science-society interactions with mutual benefits.Environmental and ecological sciences are among the most active in proposing CS initiatives, since they necessarily include social and cultural dimensions to confront the complex local and global environmental challenges. This aspect is particularly evident in the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network, which offers...
7 February 2023
The cross-border project SIMILE (Italian acronym for “System for the Integrated Monitoring of Insubric Lakes and their Ecosystems”) financed within the Interreg Italy-Switzerland Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, is coming to an end. SIMILE focused on three subalpine lakes, two of which, Maggiore and Como, belonging to the LTER Italy network.The project’s general objectives were the improvement of lake monitoring and the strengthening of the coordinated management of water through an intensificat...
6 February 2023
The LTSER Sabor site in the Northeast of Portugal has been participating in the LIFEPLAN project for the last two years. LIFEPLAN is coordinated by Helsinki University, with several partners across the world aiming to assess the global diversity of a wide diversity of terrestrial taxa, including birds, mammals, insects, plants, and fungi.Using the most recent advances in sampling methods, as well as in molecular, bioinformatic, bioacoustics and statistical analysis, the project aims to set the s...
3 February 2023
The Riserva Naturale Montagna di Torricchio is a protected area in the Central Apennines, Italy. During a recent survey of the reserve's insect biodiversity, directed by Dr. Federico Landi, a new species of beetle was found.As reported by Magrini (2021), Duvalius landii is a medium to large species of beetle that lacks eyes and pigmentation. It belongs to the straneoi group, cirocchii subgroup (sensu Magrini 2017).ReferencesMagrini P., 2017 - Revisione dei Duvalius Delarouzée, 1859 dei Gruppi be...
7 August 2023
The Portuguese LTsER Montado platform currently has several active research projects: - Project RENEWAL aims tot promote the resilience of agroforestry systems in drylands to a more arid future, ensuring ecosystem functions and services. It addresses climate change effects on oak woodlands (montados), semi-natural agroforestry systems of high ecological and socio-economic importance, that are an important ecosystem type southern Portugal. - The objective of the project LandUnderPressur...
4 August 2023
Rock glaciers are complex structures of boulders and debris held together by a frozen permafrost core. Due to their characteristic appearance, they are probably the most impressive permafrost phenomena in the high mountains. Rock glaciers, like ice glaciers, are strongly influenced by the climatic changes of the last decades. This may lead to alarming developments, as shown by an international team of researchers, monitoring the rock glacier in Äußeres Hochebenkar near Obergurgl. The time s...
2 August 2023
Since 2019 eLTER Switzerland has been listed in the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. The new edition of the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2023 has confirmed that eLTER Switzerland is a key research infrastructure, which is under consideration for ERIC membership.The 2023 Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures provides an overview of planned construction and existing research infrastructures. It also includes information on Swiss participation in international research...
31 July 2023
Berchtesgaden National Park (BNP) has been established in 1978 and protects 208 km² of rugged mountain landscapes in the Bavarian Alps. Research and monitoring in the park are conducted in close collaboration with the Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The ecology of mountain ecosystems is a particular focus of its interdisciplinary research. BNP is searching for a fully funded, part-time 3-year PhD student (m/f/d) starting...
27 July 2023
This work is part of eLTER PLUS T9.3 and uses multiple eLTER sites to evaluate already available data from remote sensing and re-analyses. Specifically, eddy covariance data on evapotranspiration and gross primary production is used to validate the spatial data products. Relating the gross primary production to the evapotranspiration, the water-use efficiency of an ecosystem then indicates the water-use strategy of the vegetation and the variability of its functionality. We calcul...
26 July 2023
LTER-D is organising a session "Long-term and historical data: prerequisites to reveal changes in ecosystems in the light of global change" at the GFOE conference "The Future of Biodiversity – overcoming barriers of taxa, realms and scales" in Leipzig (12-16 September 2023)  with more than 1000 participants.The session is addressing the need to continuously track the status of ecosystems in order to watch the development and related impact on functions and processes in the long run. The imp...
21 July 2023
eLTER Business Plan and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) Framework development services tender is now open. Qualified applicants can apply by 25 August 2023, 2pm EET, and offer services regarding the Business plan, SEIA or both. The applications in English are accepted.eLTER Business planWe are looking for support in developing the eLTER Business plan - a central document for the success of eLTER that will be used when approaching the potential eLTER members, private sector and funders as...
12 July 2023
From 18 – 22 June 2023, the eLTER General Executive Team (GET) met at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Finland, a respected multidisciplinary research facility known for its long-term ecological research initiatives. The biodiverse environments provided an ideal setting for focused reflections and discussions, interactive social activities and hikes to significant and picturesque locations.During the meeting, GET members had the opportunity to identify and discuss the challenges lying ahea...
11 July 2023
eLTER Head Office and General Executive Team (GET) are searching for a candidate to take over and support the eLTER coordination and ESFRI process. The job position offers a great opportunity to join an international and interdisciplinary team, grow into science/project management and work at the science-policy interface.The candidate will become part of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) which is the lead institution of the eLTER ESFRI process, aiming at the establishment of...
10 July 2023
The eLTER whole system approach (WAILS) workshop took place in Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy on 12-16 June 2023. It brought together 20 participants from 11 countries and diverse research areas.The workshop took the form of a summer school, with the first days focused on lectures that explained in depth the WAILS approach of eLTER. This is a holistic view on the ecosystem that combines bio-geo-hydro and socio-ecology. The workshop also looked at the long-term research conducted...
27 November 2023
The Center for Volatile Interactions (VOLT) in Copenhagen, Denmark announced the following two open positions:A 3-year PhD fellowship in Volatile Organic Compound exchange in freshwater ecosystemsWho is it for? An enthusiastic and ambitious candidate with an MSc degree in biology/ecology/ microbiology, geosciences, chemistry or similar fields obtained before the initiation of the PhD position. Experience with limnology, gas exchange measurements, VOC analytical techniques, isotope...
20 November 2023
University of Basel is offering 2 positions for PhD students and 1 for a postdoc. They are as follows:PhD fellowship in Plant DiversityApplicants should have a Master degree in Plant Systematics or Ecology and expertise in identifying plant species in the field. Furthermore, you should be eager to work in the field, do experiments, and to become proficient in statistical analysis.PhD fellowship in Plant Evolutionary Ecology/Selection acting in NatureThe fellowship is for applicants who have a Ma...
7 November 2023
The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences offers a PhD position on how wetland restoration effects the formation and mobilisation of methylmercury in forest surface waters. The PhD student will use both geochemical and microbiological methods to assess the effect of wetland restoration on the mercury cycling and will be part of a newly started research program involving a collaborative interdisciplinary research team.Read more about the...
6 November 2023
The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, the Institute of Energy and the Environment, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute of The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in climate science with emphasis on solutions and societal impacts at the rank of Assistant Professor.They seek an atmospheric or oceanic scientist whose research will advance climate science and who is motivated by the need to address the wide-ranging and...
3 November 2023
The Global Change Research Institute – CzechGlobe focuses on issues of environmental sciences, and in particular on the problem of global climate change (GCC), which by its nature and possible consequences extends beyond the basic thematic segments of atmosphere, ecosystem, and socio-economic system. GCC has become an ecological, sociological and technical problem of the present with a global impact, the solution of which requires profound expert knowledge.Currently, CzechGlobe has two open post...
17 October 2023
The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is looking for a Scientific researcher (m/f/x) to assess the risk of Amazon rainforest dieback in models. The scientific researcher will be part of the Horizon Europe project ”ClimTip". Large-scale Earth system tipping events could have severe consequences for climate, ecosystems and society. ClimTip combines paleoclimate, observational and model data to identify tipping elements and early-warning signals. In close collaboration with Prof. Niklas B...
16 October 2023
A 3-week free online course on air quality entitled “Air pollution: causes and impacts” is open for registration and will start on 6 November 2023.The course shares the basics of air pollution and its effects. You will be able to study in an entirely self-paced format and will have the possibility to start the course almost all along the year. During the first week, you will discover the major causes of outdoor and indoor air pollution. The next two weeks detail the environmental, economic and h...
1 September 2023
The Digital Forest Lab at Laval University, Canada offers a Postdoctoral Scholar Position in the area of forest ecosystem modelling at flux sites from ground lidar.The position involves field work using ground lidar instruments and computer modeling at deciduous and conifer forest flux tower sites in the USA and Canada. The candidate will be responsible in acquiring and processing ground lidar data, the analysis, the interpretation of field data, and writing of scientific papers. The successful...
17 August 2023
On 2 - 9 October 2023, the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research INAR at the University of Helsinki will organise an Autumn School  "Analysis of Atmosphere-Surface Interactions and Feedbacks".This 5 ECTS course is aimed at Master's students in atmospheric, biospheric and Earth system sciences. Doctoral researchers are also eligible to apply. The course is organised at Hyytiälä forestry field station in Finland.The focus of the course is the analysis of atmosphere-ecosystem int...
16 August 2023
The Department of Soil and Environment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) announces two senior researcher open positions based in Uppsala, Sweden:Senior Lecturer in Soil ChemistryAssociate University Lecturer in Soil Mechanics and Soil ManagementTo learn more about the positions and how to apply, click on the links above.The application deadline for both positions is 15 September 2023.The Department of Soil and Environment at SLU is a leading soil research institution, both...