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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...
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...
12 October 2023
ACTRIS Science Conference 2024 is looking for contributions on the topics covering all aspects of ACTRIS scientific activities. The conference will take place from 13 – 16 May 2024 in Rennes, France and will allow scientists to get together physically for the first time. More information is available here.Deadline for abstract submission is 7 December 2023 using dedicated templates.
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...
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 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...
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
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...
30 September 2022
LIFE MODERn(NEC) (LIFE20GIE / IT / 000091) was launched in October 2021 to meet the requirements of Art.9 of the EU Directive "NEC" (National Emission Ceiling, 2016/2284), that commits Member States to monitor the impacts of air pollutants on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The European countries pursue the objectives of the Directive through a network of monitoring sites representative of the main European ecosystems.The current NEC Italy Network consists of six forest and four freshwate...
22 September 2022
Each year, the different LTER-Pt partners prepare dissemination events for the general public to promote knowledge and generate discussions about the role of ecologists within LTER sites, as part of an Ecology Day celebration.Ecology Day emerged as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of ecology in 2016, marked with a roundtable at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 14th September was the chosen date since it coincides with the day Ernst Haeckel defined ecology as a science. Since 2017,...
19 August 2022
The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment and the Research school Focus on Soil and Water at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences invites PhD students to attend the course "Multivariate methods for ecologists".The course is given entirely on-line. Please visit the course web page for more information and instructions how to apply: https://www.slu.se/mvaThere are a limited number of places at the course. Attendants will be accepted in the order the organisers receive the applic...
3 August 2022
Applications are now open for the 1st EMME-CARE Autumn School on “Analysis of aerosols, air pollution and their sources in the Eastern Mediterranean” which will take place 31 October - 11 November 2022 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The Autumn School welcomes applications from M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in atmospheric and Earth system sciences. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on the analysis of aerosol, greenhouse gas and air pollution data based on the long-term d...
20 July 2022
From 30 May to 1 June, the Biological and Environmental Sciences students of the University of Pavia contributed to the data collection on coralline alga Ellisolandia elongata in Palmaria Island (Regional Park of Porto Venere, LTER Eastern Ligurian Sea Site).After a two years pandemic pause, the students had the opportunity to discover Palmaria Island, its marine and terrestrial ecosystems and the geology, under the guidance of ENEA researchers. In particular, the students contributed to the ann...
18 July 2022
Is there life on Jupiter's moon Europa? An ocean suspected to be under miles of ice gives science hope. But how might it be reached and explored? In March, a six-person research group from the Robotics Innovation Center of the German Research Center of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) spent two weeks at Abisko Scientific Research Station.Their goal was to test an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) beneath the ice of lake Torneträsk. The researchers are working on developing a robot that can indep...
17 July 2022
The ILTER scientific conference will take place this year in Novi Sad, Serbia, 12-14 October, 2022. The conference will be open to all interested parties. It will be held side-by-side with the annual ILTER Coordinating Committee meeting. CC members will receive a separate message regarding that meeting.Each presenting author will be required to register for the conference. The Website address for registration will be distributed in due time. The registration fee (stated in Euros, including local...
15 July 2022
SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science) is a national infrastructure for terrestrial and limnological field research that partners with eLTER.SITES aims to promote high-quality research through long-term field measurements and field experiments, and by making data and station access available to researchers, regardless of institution. The core of SITES is nine field research stations that represent a variety of Swedish climate zones and ecosystems, including agricultural land, fores...
14 July 2022
The SOILSERV ANR project conducted from 2017-2021 combined biophysical and socio-economic approaches to assess at different spatial scales ecosystem services of agricultural soils within mixed agroecosystems involving crops, livestock and uncultivated areas and to analyse their economic valuation in farmers’ choices or their consideration in territory planning. To address the various scales, the project relied on three main study sites selected as they offer sound existing preliminary infor...
12 July 2022
Dr Jan Dick is a social ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), a member of the LTER-UK’s Environmental Change Network (ECN) team and an active contributor to eLTER. Jan gave a talk recently, during which she described UKCEH's interest in using passive acoustic monitoring techniques. She was speaking at the UK Acoustic Network's symposium in Manchester (15-16 June 2022).Jan presented work by eLTER that aims to define a set of standard observations and associated methods,...
17 April 2023
eLTER PPP WP4 and WP6, and eLTER PLUS WP3* jointly organised a ‘Methods-Costs Workshop’ at the CNR Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 10-12 January 2023.The aim was to collect all available information on the elements that affect the costings of the eLTER Standard Observations (SOs) in different habitats and different ‘spheres’ (atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and socio-econosphere). This information is crucial for building the eLTER National RI, i.e., the eLTER Sites and eLTSER Pla...
14 April 2023
We are excited to announce the launch of the eLTER Instagram account: europeanlter!To ensure that the eLTER community reaches out to as wide an audience as possible, we launched the eLTER Instagram account. As of January 2023, the majority of Instagram users (around 77%) are between the age of 18 - 44. eLTER puts a special focus on reaching early career researchers, one of the main target audiences of the project. Apparently, Instagram is the place to be.Being an entirely visual platform, Instag...
13 April 2023
After months of preparation, eLTER launched its Grand Campaign (GC) aimed at filling a critical gap in the photo/video archive of the project and to significantly strengthen communication and dissemination activities. The RI's central communication team will visit selected sites and platforms in over 20 partner countries to take photos and videos with drone and camera, as well as to interview researchers and the national LTER teams.The Grand Campaign will provide five core outcomes (and a f...
13 February 2023
Ninety researchers from 26 countries, part of the eLTER PPP and eLTER PLUS projects, gathered in Mallorca from 16 to 20 May 2022 for the first ever consortia physical meeting. This was a great opportunity to capture the spirit of the projects, so a professional team was hired to shoot 23 videos which we present to you now. They are grouped into three categories: - eLTER Stakeholders Information: The videos here aim to provide comprehensive and tailored information to the four main Stakehold...
2 February 2023
The Karst Research Institute at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) is the leading partner of the LTER Slovenia consortium which belongs to eLTER. Within the consortium, multidisciplinary research focuses on karst areas, regions characterized by water-soluble rocks, which results in the absence of water at the surface, as water flows mainly underground through fractures.On the surface, the most characteristic karst landforms are karst plateaus and various...
30 January 2023
HORIZON-MISS-2022-SOIL-01Lead by: Tristano Bacchetti-De-Gregoris, SAE SpainBudget: ~€3MLifespan: 2023 – 2026The main goal of the CREDIBLE project is to build momentum and trust for the implementation of carbon farming in the EU. This will be primarily achieved by setting up and moderating a network of initiatives, projects and stakeholders for favouring transparency, environmental integrity, and methodology standardisation in soil carbon accounting.Such a Network of Networks will be responsible...
27 January 2023
During a three-day hybrid workshop shortly before Christmas 2022, eLTER met with NEON to discuss several topics and learn from NEON’s long-term experience in operating a large-scale observation facility. NEON is the US National Science Foundation's National Ecological Observatory Network, a continental-scale observation facility operated by Battelle and designed to collect long-term open access ecological data to better understand how the nation’s ecosystems are changing. NEON has been operation...
25 January 2023
New research on microplastics using eLTER data has been published. Microplastics (MPs), which are defined as all plastic particles smaller than 5 mm, can create health problems for all living organisms, including humans, due to their very small size. Recent research has shown that, unexpectedly, mountain snowpack can store high amounts of MPs, derived from both atmospheric deposition and local sources (e.g., tourism).During the 2020-2021 winter, the team investigated the MP content of snow at th...
24 January 2023
EuroGEO is Europe’s part of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) - a worldwide network working to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The aim is to provide a coherent picture of environmental and Earth observation in Europe by combining existing Earth observation assets and initiatives. Fundamental to this is the provision of in-situ data for calibration and validation purposes which was emphasized several times during a recent EuroGEO workshop.eLTER was represented at t...
23 January 2023
Between 29 November and 1 December, eLTER held its first hybrid Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and Steering Committees (SC) meeting in Berlin. 25 members of the SC and 5 members of the SAB met physically at the Berlin Office of the Helmholtz Association joined by 60online participants from research performing organisations during a dedicated half day info session.Michel Mirtl, co-coordinator of eLTER, opened the meeting with the followinginspiring words:“This meeting marks a milestone in severa...
2 June 2023
The Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is the largest science faculty in Finland. Currently, the faculty invites applications for TWO STAFF SCIENTISTS AND TWO DATA SCIENTISTS (UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS): Staff scientist 1 will work in atmospheric greenhouse gas measurements. The core activity of the staff scientist is to ensure production of sustainable and traceable high-quality data and data products of greenhouse gas concentrations and ecosystem-atmosphere exchange fluxes...
23 May 2023
The interdisciplinary research of the Professorship of Ecological Services (PES), University of Bayreuth aims at better ecological management of agriculturally dominated landscapes facing climate change. Towards this goal, a Postdoc position (6 years, 100%, A13Z Akademische Ratsstelle auf Zeit) is currently available. Candidates will develop spatial models of land use and ecosystem services in regional human-environment systems to explore historical developments, optimise current syste...
18 May 2023
The Dao Hyperspectral Remote Sensing & Agricultural Intelligence Lab at Colorado State University is looking for a Postdoc to start in September 2023 or shortly after. This position focuses on understanding the interactions between plants and crops and biotic and abiotic stresses using drone hyperspectral remote sensing. We are broadly interested in addressing questions related to the detection of physiological and biochemical responses of plants to the impacts of droughts, pests and pa...
17 May 2023
Submit your abstract for the 6th International Hybrid Conference “Water resources and wetlands” that will take place between 13-17 September 2023 in the “Delta” Hotel in Tulcea, Romania and online.Authors are invited to submit abstracts (400 words) in electronic form until May 26 2023.Abstracts should be sent as а part of the registration form or to e-mail: wrw_conference@limnology.ro.Learn more here.
16 May 2023
Two research positions are now open at the University of Helsinki.(1) Lammi Biological Station is looking for a University Researcher in aquatic sciences with expertise in plankton ecology. They are particularly interested in candidates aiming to use the extensive background data on the nearby lakes.The position is for a fixed five-year contract starting 1st July 2023 or by a separate agreement. A trial period of 6 months will be applied. The deadline for applications is...
11 May 2023
You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for your planned contribution to the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland conference (12 - 16 September 2023) in the form of a poster or an oral presentation.The deadline for abstract submission is 15 May 2023 at the latest.Everybody is entitled to submit 1 oral and 1 poster contribution. To submit an abstract of your contribution, please follow the instructions on the online submissi...
11 May 2023
The 5th European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change, jointly held by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) will take place from 26 - 28 September 2023 in Bonn, Germany, in co-operation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and adelphi. The organisers of the conference invite the submission of abstrac...
9 May 2023
The Laboratoire de l’Atmosphère et des Cyclones (LACy) at the Université de la Réunion, France is looking for:A PhD candidate interested in exploring aerosol properties and transport through ground-based and satellite observations in the South West Indian Ocean (read more)A Project Manager to help with the management of the EU REALISTIC project (read more)Send your application to recrutement-biatss@univ-reunion.fr by 5 June 2023 at 08:00 UTC.
4 May 2023
The Meteorological Institute (MIM) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany, invites applications for the following three ACTRIS positions:Research Assistant on ground-based aerosol remote sensingResearch Assistant on ground-based cloud remote sensingResearch Assistant on quality assurance of lidar systemsThe three positions are offered from 01.06.2023 for a period of 3 years. The positions are full-time with salary and benefits based on the German TV-L E13 scale...
19 April 2023
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is a leading research university in Europe. Since its founding in 1472 it has been committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. The chair for Physical Geography and Land Use Systems (Prof. Julia Pongratz) at LMU’s Department of Geography investigates the interactions between natural ecosystems, land use and climate change. Our group develops and applies the latest generation of land and Earth system models an...