ALTER-Net, a long-term biodiversity, ecosystem and awareness research network - Year 8
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Van Dijk, J., Ulvund, K., Braat, L., Sier, A., Mirtl, M., Watt, A., Peltola, T. and Delbaere, B. 2012. ALTER-Net, a long-term biodiversity, ecosystem and awareness research network - Year 8 - NINA Report 815, 36 pp. The year 2011 was used to restructure and organize our work towards ALTER-Net after April 2012, when external funding for holding the secretariat will end. Early 2011 Council elected a new chairman for Council – Eeva Furman (SYKE) and a new chairman for the Management Board – Leon Braat (Alterra). During 2011 it became clear that all partner institutes were willing to continue with ALTER-Net in the future, that the secretariat work would be outsourced to different institutes with a rotating system for especially the financial administration as to increase institutional participation. ALTER-Net welcomed two new partner institutes to our consortium (VU-IVM and IGB). With the new structure ALTER-Net is currently scheduled to run until April 2014. During April 2011 – March 2012 the eight year of ALTER-Net our website was changed and moved to a new provider and we repeated our second Multi-Site Experiment on decomposition using 15 monitoring sites managed by 12 ALTER-Net partner institutes and 3 non ALTER-Net partner institutes. In addition ALTER-Net organized a Long-Term Social Ecological Research Workshop at SYKE in Helsinki and was actively involved in the two currently running EU projects on the Science-Policy interface, i.e. KNEU and SPIRAL. We also organized our yearly ALTER-Net summer school again. These processes help ALTER-Net to reach its objective to promote a better integrated and stronger European biodiversity research capacity. The result will be the establishment of a lasting infrastructure for integrated ecosystem research, combining ecological and socioeconomic approaches, and with greater emphasis on communication with relevant audiences.