ILTER Open Science Meeting 2016


9-13 October 2016 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa 


Open Science Meeting Registration and Information


The International LTER Network is pleased to announce its first global Open Science Meeting to be held from 9-13 October 2016 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Registration will be open to all experts involved in LTER, interested researchers and stakeholders. Topical research themes will be addressed in plenary, break-away sessions and workshops. Experience from site-based to global LTER in one conference at a world-class biodiversity destination, and take advantage of ample opportunities for networking and coordination across ecosystems. ILTER will also use the opportunity to engage a range of powerful international partners of LTER in global change research and policy. Various field trips to South African LTER sites will be organized. Remember to put the dates on your calendar.

Important notice: Time is rapidly running out to register and book accommodation. Given that the venue is in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, reservations have to be paid 2 months in advance. The park is home to approximately 2000 plants, (404 woody, 224 grasses), 53 fishes, 34 amphibians, 118 reptiles, 517 birds and 147 mammals (still counting the insects). Everyone with a strong interest in ecosystem science, social-ecology, environmental science and environmental policy is most welcome to join and contribute to this unique global meeting of ecosystem scientists and global programs - in a world-renowned African nature reserve, larger than many countries.


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What is ILTER?

ILTER is a 'network of networks', a global network of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems that can help understand environmental change across the globe. ILTER's focus is on long-term, site-based research and monitoring.

ILTER’s vision is a world in which science helps prevent and solve environmental and socio-ecological problems. ILTER contributes to this vision through question and problem-driven research with its unique ability to design collaborative, site-based projects, compare data from a global network of sites and detect global trends.

Most ILTER members are national or regional networks of scientists engaged in long-term, site-based ecological and socio-ecological research (known as LTER or LTSER). They have expertise in the collection, management and analysis of long-term ecological and environmental data. Together they are responsible for creating and maintaining a large number of unique long-term datasets.

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