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  • Public Consultation on the future EU Initiative on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    to human well being Healthy resilient and productive ecosystems provide many benefits also called ecosystem services to human society such as food timber fuel clean water clean air natural flood protection carbon storage and recreational opportunities In the EU as in many other parts of the world and despite legislation and policies dedicated to environmental protection biodiversity continues to decline The main causes of biodiversity loss are changes in land use over exploitation of natural resources pollution invasive alien species and climate change In 2011 the European Commission adopted the EU strategy for Biodiversity to 2020 One of the 20 actions included in the Strategy is to ensure no net loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and part of this action requires the European Commission to carry out further work with a view to proposing by 2015 an initiative to ensure there is no net loss of ecosystems and their services The purpose of the present consultation is to gather views about the future initiative to be proposed by the Commission Please note that the birds and habitats directives which provide the basis for the Natura 2000 network and constitute the legislative core of EU biodiversity policy are currently the subject of a Fitness check exercise within the framework of the Commission s REFIT programme which will include its own dedicated public consultation procedure Consequently issues relating to these directives are not part of the present consultation The Commission has also announced its intention to come forward in 2015 with a Communication on Land as Resource In the preparation of this policy statement it is also foreseen that the Commission will carry out a dedicated public consultation Find out more Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature

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  • On International Biodiversity Day, ALTER-Net is at high level MAES conference — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    2014 is International Biodiversity Day and our Management Board chair Prof Allan Watt CEH is in Brussels at the European Commission s high level conference which aims to highlight the policy relevance of MAES Mapping Assessment of Ecosystems their Services in Europe The conference is a platform to present the work undertaken to date at EU and Member State level as well as contributions from key stakeholders It will demonstrate how reliable high quality information on the state of ecosystems and the services they provide can contribute to the advancement of biodiversity objectives and to the integration of natural capital concerns into key EU sectoral policies For details see http ec europa eu environment nature knowledge ecosystem assessment index en htm A live web stream is available and you can also follow on Twitter MAES Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/alter-net-at-maes (2016-02-15)
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  • Management Board kicks off work for 3rd phase of ALTER-Net — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    in Brussels at the start of ALTER Net s third phase Some of ALTER Net s new Management Board Photo Koen van Muylem Brussels 6 May 2014 The third phase of ALTER Net has started and it is going to be a busy year Plans for this jubilee year celebrating ALTER Net s 10 th birthday include a meeting of networks of knowledge promotion of trans disciplinary activities preparations for a conference on nature based solutions joint project development and of course networking The activities were planned by the ALTER Net Management Board in its new composition with Allan Watt from the UK Centre for Ecology Hydrology as the new chair The meeting was held at the Flemish Institute for Nature and Forest Research in Brussels hosted by the new Council chair Maurice Hoffmann Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/mb-brussels-meeting (2016-02-15)
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  • Opp: ALTER-Net Summer School, 'An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services' — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    the online registration form if interested Apply by 15 May 2014 Filed under Training course Summer School training Featured opportunities The ALTER Net mobility scheme Funds to support travel and collaboration between ALTER Net partners More In this section Jobs Opps Jobs studentships Opportunities Latest jobs studentships Jobs Senior Research Fellows Research Fellows in Sustainability Research Postdoc Modelling of the land sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios France Postdocs 3 Postdoctoral researcher vacancies biodiversity theory Univ Jena Germany Jobs opps listed by BES Plants Soils Ecosystems special interest group Job Postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical ecology Illinois USA Latest jobs studentships More Latest opportunities Call for talks posters at ecology symposium Germany Workshops other events relating to Natura 2000 Stats course Spatial analysis of ecological data using R 2016 BES Summer School Call for abstracts 2016 ILTER Open Science Meeting Latest opportunities More RSS Subscribe to RSS feeds Jobs Opportunities Disclaimer Information about jobs training courses funding schemes and other opportunities is provided in good faith Whilst we do our best to include accurate information at the time each entry is posted on our website you should always check with the original information sources where

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  • ALTER-Net turns 10 and enters its third phase — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    the Secretariat but during a transition period SYKE currently Sanna Riikka Saarela will give support to the new Secretariat We welcome some new faces to our Management Board who will aim to deliver a revised set of priority activities under the headings Internal and External Communication Joint Training Activities ALTER Net High Impact Actions Research Activities Science Policy interface and Infrastructure Our successful Summer School now in its 9th year will continue to provide a unique learning experience for early stage researchers We also continue to support the development of European long term research infrastructure principally through the LTER Europe network of sites and research platforms ALTER Net will strengthen its science policy interface activities by playing an active role in areas such as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity Ecosystem Services and BiodiversityKnowledge On our 10th anniversary day Maurice Hoffmann presented ALTER Net at an event in the European Parliament that focused on setting up a European Network of Knowledge NoK for biodiversity and ecosystem services as continuation of the BiodiversityKnowledge process Since the goals of the NoK are very similar to some of ALTER Net s goals we will fully support and underpin the new NoK initiative We will also help our partner institutes to build on previous successes and develop project consortia to attract EU Horizon 2020 research funding Through a new initiative called High Impact Actions we will support the review and analysis of existing scientific knowledge and information on selected hot topics in the fields of biodiversity ecosystems and ecosystem services This should become an important new type of deliverable in our third period Multi Site Experiment initiatives will also continue in ALTER Net III the future scope of which will soon be defined further On our 10th birthday we are proud to have come this

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  • Opp: BES POST Fellowship — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    overview of the background to an issue and an analysis of the policy implications BES POST Fellowship The BES POST fellow will work on a policy topic grounded in science and technology and will be expected to produce a POSTnote contribute to a longer report or assist a Select Committee of either House in a current inquiry The exact topic of the Fellowship will be determined by the Board of POST Applicants should therefore be aware that on joining POST the Fellow may be working on something other than their originally proposed topic The Fellow will be expected to organise a seminar to inform or disseminate their work Eligibility Eligibility is restricted to postgraduate students registered in an ecology PhD in a UK university who are engaged in their second or third year of full time study or part time equivalent at the time of application For more details see http www britishecologicalsociety org public policy training and funding bes post fellowship Filed under science policy interface fellowship Featured opportunities The ALTER Net mobility scheme Funds to support travel and collaboration between ALTER Net partners More In this section Jobs Opps Jobs studentships Opportunities Latest jobs studentships Jobs Senior Research Fellows Research Fellows in Sustainability Research Postdoc Modelling of the land sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios France Postdocs 3 Postdoctoral researcher vacancies biodiversity theory Univ Jena Germany Jobs opps listed by BES Plants Soils Ecosystems special interest group Job Postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical ecology Illinois USA Latest jobs studentships More Latest opportunities Call for talks posters at ecology symposium Germany Workshops other events relating to Natura 2000 Stats course Spatial analysis of ecological data using R 2016 BES Summer School Call for abstracts 2016 ILTER Open Science Meeting Latest opportunities More RSS Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/jobs-opps/opportunities/opp-bes-post-fellowship (2016-02-15)
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  • Opp: Travel Grants to attend ESOF2014 — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Science Democracy Citizenship to The Global Resource Management ESOF provides young researchers with a unique opportunity to interact with leading scientists from various scientific fields With up to 1 000 young researchers from across Europe and beyond ESOF2014 will give them the unique opportunity to expand their networks of international contacts and to establish important links with potential collaborators Various organisations including the Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation DASTI Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS in France and the Research Foundation Flanders FWO in Belgium offer travel grants to help young researchers who wish to attend ESOF2014 See the Euroscience website as well as the FWO website for more information on the current open calls For details see http www euroscience org grants for esof call for support html The deadline for applications for travel grants is Tuesday 22 April 2014 Filed under grant Featured opportunities The ALTER Net mobility scheme Funds to support travel and collaboration between ALTER Net partners More In this section Jobs Opps Jobs studentships Opportunities Latest jobs studentships Jobs Senior Research Fellows Research Fellows in Sustainability Research Postdoc Modelling of the land sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios France Postdocs 3 Postdoctoral researcher vacancies biodiversity theory Univ Jena Germany Jobs opps listed by BES Plants Soils Ecosystems special interest group Job Postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical ecology Illinois USA Latest jobs studentships More Latest opportunities Call for talks posters at ecology symposium Germany Workshops other events relating to Natura 2000 Stats course Spatial analysis of ecological data using R 2016 BES Summer School Call for abstracts 2016 ILTER Open Science Meeting Latest opportunities More RSS Subscribe to RSS feeds Jobs Opportunities Disclaimer Information about jobs training courses funding schemes and other opportunities is provided in good faith

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  • Last few places left on modelling course in Spain — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    interactions at the individual scale Therefore it is increasingly acknowledged that the basic entities in many ecological models should be individuals This is the aim of individual based modelling or agent based models The instructors will introduce participants to NetLogo a development environment and a domain specific computer language for individual based modelling In lectures instructors will explain techniques to develop analyse test and document individual based simulation models Hands on session will familiarise participants with the concepts In small groups they will develop implement and analyse an individual based model to answer an ecological question Questions will be suggested by the instructors and will comprise applied e g sustainable forestry and theoretical topics Every group will present their project and their experiences at the end of the course in a short presentation After the course the participants will be able to implement and analyse simple models in NetLogo Details of the course can be found here It will take place from 26 30 May 2014 in Barcelona The deadline for reduced fees is 28 February Filed under Training course ALTER Net involvement Spain Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls

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