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21 February 2024
The abstract submission for the Caspian Basin in Transition Conference “Bridging Geosciences and Environmental Challenges” is open by 21 March 2024, 14:00 Baku time (UTC +4). The conference will take place in Baku (Azerbaijan) from 3 - 6 June 2024.The authors can specify which format they prefer during the submission process. Online presentations may be organised in a hybrid format upon request. Abstracts will be taken into consideration to be developed and lengthened to an article format and su...
21 February 2024
The 18th Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Risks will take place from 30 September to 3 October 2024 at Chania, Greece, at the Old Port of Chania – Chania Culture Centre. The objective of the 18th edition is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussions on our current state of knowledge of Mediterranean risks in a climate change context. Different aspects related to monitoring, assessment, diagnosis, prediction, and definition of weather extremes, wildfires, hydro-geological effec...
19 February 2024
KIT is searching for a creative and communicative colleague to join the land-ecosystem modelling group in the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. You will be developing and applying advanced model systems (i.e., the dynamic global vegetation model LPJ-GUESS or coupled socio-economic/ecological models (LandSyMM)). Your skills will help to solve questions of utmost importance, posed by the combined challenges of cl...
19 February 2024
This 18-month position with Dr. Bourin, Dr. Font and Prof. Riffault, will be focussing on the analysis of the spatial and temporal variability of the PAHs collected in atmospheric samples and deposits to study their sources and transport patterns.The selected candidate is expected to: consolidate the databases to assess their quality and combine multiple datasets from several projects analyse the data using statistical techniques to evaluate spatial and temporal variability and/or tren...
16 February 2024
The University of Bucharest hosted the closing conference for the project “Consolidating the capacity for ecosystemic research and biodiversity of the University of Bucharest through e-science and technology”, co-financed by the European Union via the European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Programme Competitiveness 2014-2020.The event, which took place in “Ioan Mihăilescu” Hall of the Rectorate building, reunited members of the UB administrative board, representatives of the...
12 February 2024
Do you want to support the development of tools for science-based decision making for solving some of the today’s grand challenges, such as biodiversity loss and climate change? Join CSC's international group of scientists, supercomputing experts and software developers.They are are looking for a Scientific Coordinator to join CSC's Digital Twin Technologies (DTT) group. The Scientific Coordinator will lead the project management office of the Horizon Europe Biodiversity Digital Twin (BioDT) pro...
9 February 2024
ICOS Science Conference 2024 (#ICOS2024SC) will take place during 10-12 September in Versailles Palais des Congrès, France, and online.ICOS, eLTER, ACTRIS RIs will jointly organise a session (Session 17# Best Practices in the landscape of Research Infrastructures: Cooperation, Co-location and other lessons learned), and you are warmly welcome to submit an abstract.Session 17. Best Practices in the landscape of Research Infrastructures: Cooperation, Co-location and other lessons learnedConveners:...
3 January 2024
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, seeks to appoint a Full Professor of Forest Ecology from 1 October 2024. The position is offered in accordance with §98 of the 2002 Universities Act in the form of an ongoing contract.The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, the "Alma Mater Viridis”, is the University of Sustainability and Life Sciences. It is BOKU's task to make a key contribution to the conservati...
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...
1 February 2023
The permanent position of scientist at INRAE in soil sciences (erosion and effect of plant cover), at the LISAH lab is now open to competition, with the following schedule.Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent. In-depth skills in soil science and, ideally, in soil physics are highly recommended. Knowledge in modelling would be particularly appreciated. Basic knowledge of functional ecology would be a plus. Good interpersonal skills and openness to multidisciplinary are essential.Candidates sh...
1 February 2023
Research at the Montado LTSER platform has resulted in a globally interesting paper entitled “Grazing and ecosystem service delivery in global drylands” published in Science 378, 915–920 (2022).This is particularly important when we know that livestock grazing on ecosystem services is a hotly debated topic and a challenging one. In this paper, the grazing effect was assessed, taking into account multiple variables and different properties of rangelands such as soil, climate and biodiversity.The...
25 January 2023
The research team of LTSER Estuaries, Portugal, participated at an event in November to mark National Day of the Sea. The event, which was held at the Centro de Artes e Espetáculos, Figueira da Foz, focused on the valorisation of aquatic resources from the river to the sea. The team presented work undertaken in projects conducted around the Mondego estuary LTSER platform that have addressed the valorisation and sustainability of marine resources.Estuarine systems such as Mondego estuary are biod...
25 November 2022
In the framework of its Research Initiatives scheme, ILTER provides small research grants for compact projects, or for instance as seed grants for larger undertakings, or for supporting thesis or post-doctoral work by young scientists.ILTER ensures the scientific quality of the supported Research Initiatives through a competitive and professional approach of projects selection.Its call for proposals is open to all interested parties, and it is set up in a bottom-up fashion, that is, applicants a...
20 October 2022
The second OZCAR summer school ("Draw me an observatory") was held from 3 to 8 July 2022 at the Séolane Centre located in Barcelonnette. This summer school pursues one of the objectives of the OZCAR Research Infrastructure (RI) to promote training to and through research on the knowledge of the Critical Zone and to train the new generation of scientists to approach the study of the Critical Zone in a multi- and interdisciplinary way.The school was an undeniable success, bringing together nearly...
17 October 2022
The LandUnderPressure project - Avoid, mitigate and restore pressured zones to combat desertification and increase resilience to climate change in the montado, was approved for funding with an EEA Grant and signed on the 17th of June 2022 in Portugal. This project was part of the call for tender nº 5 of the EEA Grants – “Projects to prepare for extreme weather conditions and risk management in the context of climate change”. It will join other projects taking place in the LTsER Montado plat...
11 October 2022
The trend towards increased climate extremes in the Central Apennines (Central Italy), already documented in Petriccione & Bricca (2019) (doi:10.3897/natureconservation.3430218) is clearly confirmed by the latest field data collected in September 2022 at the LTER Italy Gran Sasso d’Italia site between 2100 and 2400 m a.s.l. by ecologists from the Biodiversity Department of the Carabinieri.As can be seen from the graphs shown above, recorded summer temperatures in 2022 were 3-4 °C higher than...
10 October 2022
The station located in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, Israel, was established to provide baseline data and understanding of the shallow Mediterranean ecosystem. MKMRS is a satellite station of the Leon H Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa.Its Activity Report covers monitoring seasons 1-10 of the first 6 years of operation. The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) station was established in 2015 as a response to the lack of open-access, high-resolution data on several aspects of the Israel...
5 October 2022
The International Mountain Conference took place in Innsbruck (September 11-15, 2022), continuing the series of scientific conferences exclusively targeting mountain-research.Hosted in the European Alps, the IMC provided a fantastic opportunity for experts from different disciplines to discuss mountain-related issues in a cross-disciplinary setting. The conference aimed at enhancing and synthesizing our understanding of mountain systems, particularly their response and resilience to global chang...
17 October 2023
In their paper 'The recovery of European freshwater biodiversity has come to a halt', eLTER researchers, in collaboration with a large international team, examine the state and development of invertebrate biodiversity in European rivers. In their study, published in the renowned journal 'Nature', the authors show that biodiversity in river systems from 22 European countries has increased significantly over a period from 1968 to 2020. However, these increases occurred mainly prior to 2010 and, un...
13 October 2023
From 2-5 October 2023, the Sites and Platform Forum (SPF) meeting brought together 67 participants from 19 countries in sunny Austria at Wassercluster Lunz. This was the first time that this critical internal eLTER stakeholder group met face-to-face to get to know each other, to learn about the recent developments of the eLTER ESFRI process so far and to give feedback & input on the future steps in the process.Over the four days various topics were covered with themes that ranged from the eL...
19 September 2023
From 12-15 September the Annual GfÖ Meeting, which is an international conference hosted by the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland took place in Leipzig (Germany). More than 1 100 participants from more than 30 countries attended the conference. One of the 60 thematic sessions was dedicated to "Infrastructures and Networks in Biodiversity Research", a perfect frame for introducing the European eLTER Research Infrastructure. To attract people, the eLTER talk was titled "e...
8 August 2023
The 8th Galileo Conference on hydrological observatories was held from 12-15 June 2023, at the enchanting Historical Complex of Saints Marcellino and Festo in Naples, Italy. Organised by the Interdepartmental Center for Environmental Research (C.I.R.AM.) of the University of Naples Federico II, the event brought together 110 participants from 19 countries.eLTER was represented at the conference by two members, Harry Vereecken and Steffen Zacharias. Both chaired breakout sessions, with Harry Vere...
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...
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...
8 August 2023
The Centre for Environmental and Climate Science at Lund University, Sweden is looking for a Post-doctoral fellow in biosphere-atmosphere interactions. The position includes an up to 3-month visit at the University of Gothenburg.Qualification requirements:A PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, physical geography, ecosystem science, ecology, climate sciences, soil science, or similar.In-depth and substantiated experi...
7 August 2023
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany is the result of the merger of former Karlsruhe University and Research Center Karlsruhe. It is a unique institution in Germany, which combines the mission of a university with that of a large-scale research center of the Helmholtz Association. With 9400 employees and an annual budget of EUR 800 M., KIT is one of the largest research and education institutions worldwide. Currently, KIT has two open positions in Modelling terrestrial ecosystem...
4 August 2023
ATMO-ACCESS offers combined and integrated access to preeminent European atmospheric research facilities, comprising Observation Facilities, Simulation Chamber Facilities, Central Laboratories and Mobile Platforms.The current call will provide access to 56 of the leading European atmospheric research facilities, with 9 new platforms being included. A full list of facilities can be found here. In addition, the possibility of remote access to services is also provided to enable the users to perfor...
3 August 2023
Simó Lab, Institut de Ciències del Mar, Barcelona, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on the analysis of marine volatiles in the ocean (VOCs). The position is funded with a project-associated contract for a 24-month period. Together with the applicant, they will pursue to extend this through EU or national calls. The facilities and projects of the research group offer opportunities from field ...
2 August 2023
Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society. Its Laboratory for Air Pollution and Environmental Technology develops atmospheric measurement techniques and modelling tools as a contribution to a healthy and safe environment.Currently, Empa offers two open positions for:Analytical chemist, environmental scientist (read more here)Post-d...