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We are very pleased to welcome Ulf Jonsell to SITES. On February 1, 2019, Ulf will start his position as Deputy Director.
Ulf previously worked at the Swedish Research Council and before that at the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat where he worked to create opportunities for research projects and with research cooperation. An important part of this work has been to make data and publications from field-based research available, which we see as a very valuable experience for SITES's operations.

Welcome Ulf!

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The experimental infrastructure is now fully operational for national and international researches to conduct experiments.

Applications can be made for using the infrastructure during 2019. The application deadline is January 21, 2019 (17:00 CET).

Read more about the process and application here.

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The European network for field research, LTER Europe (Long Term Ecosystem Research), has been recognised as an important research infrastructure in the EU. LTER Europe includes LTER Sweden,

There are twenty Swedish research stations in the LTER network. The LTER stations conduct long-term environmental monitoring of biology and chemistry, as well as ecological and socio-ecological research. Among other things, they aim to stimulate research collaboration and the exchange of environmental data between researchers and organisations both in Sweden and in Europe.

One important outcome of LTER Europe's ESFRI application is a closer cooperation between LTER Sweden and SITES. Seven out of nine stations in SITES are included in LTER Sweden.

Through LTER Europe's entry into the EU Roadmap for Research Infrastructures the way enables for the network to become a formalised and permanently funded infrastructure for ecosystem and socio-ecological research and long-term environmental monitoring. However, it is a long build-up process and it is not until 2025 that the LTER/ESFRI infrastructure will be up and running at full scale.

ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures)
Read more about ESFRI here.

LTER Sweden (Long Term Ecosystem Research)
Read more about LTER Sweden here

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Apply now to conduct research at the coolest places of the North - including SITES field research stations Tarfala, Abisko and Svartberget. 

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is still open for projects taking place between March 2019 and April 2020.

Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs. Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times through the INTERACT VA single-entry point.

You can find the TA/RA Call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system here.

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From 1. August 2018 researcher Johannes Albertsson is employed as scientific manager at SITES Lönnstorp in Alnarp.  Johannes has a master in Horticulture from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. In his PhD research he studied the interaction between weeds and willow, a perennial bioenergy crop. The  main objective was to reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides during the establishment phase of the willow crop. He investigated how willow clones differ in their ability to compete with weeds, and how this ability was affected by the common practice of cutting back first-year shoots. Johannes also compared the efficiency of chemical and non-chemical weed control methods such as torsion weeders and cover crops. The research was conducted through large-scale field trials and in close collaboration with farmers and agricultural advisors.

After his PhD studies, Johannes worked as a post doc in a European project named Climate-CAFÉ. In that project the aim was to obtain new knowledge from Swedish long-term experiments regarding the adaptability of different cropping systems to climate change. The post-doctoral project included frequent contact with farmers and advisors in order to together design cropping systems with a high degree of adaptability to the expected climate change.

Since the beginning of 2018, he has a position as a researcher at the Department of Biosystems and Technology, SLU with research on how the design of cropping systems affect the weed competition and weed flora. He is also course leader for the Plant Production course (15 ECTS) at the Agricultural and Rural Management Bachelor´s Degree Programme. 

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