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The Swedish Oikos Society, a society for ecologists, conducted its annual conference at SLU in Uppsala. The conference took place between 5 and 7 February and offered exciting lectures, poster presentations and intensive networking.

SITES was represented by director Stefan Bertilsson together with Ulf Grandin and Silke Langenheder (coordinator for SITES AqauNet and station manager at Erken). Many came to visit our corner and Stefan, Ulf and Silke had the opportunity to answer questions about SITES and hand out SITES popular calendar for 2019.

We thank OIKOS for three well-arranged days with interesting discussions.

More about OIKOS here

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We welcome Ulf Grandin to SITES secretariat, where he will work 10% from January with SITES internationalisation linked to LTER Europe. 

Ulf Grandin is a plant ecologist and works with research, environmental assessment and teaching at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment at SLU.

Main research focus on large-scale and long-term dynamics and change in vegetation on land, mainly forest vegetation, linked to the international network ICP Integrated Monitoring (ICP-IM) which is effect-oriented activities under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP), and LTER Europe. Ulf is chair of the international ICP-IM, and coordinator for LTER Sweden, hence the representative for Sweden and for a couple of years also deputy chair of LTER Europe.

Welcome Ulf!

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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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