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How and when can I apply?

Applications for summer 2020 still welcome

The first application deadline was 21.2.2020, but there is still capacity for additional experiments during 2020. Apply by using the following form. Applications that spans more than one year are always possible to book an experiment longer ahead in time.

How will applications be evaluated?

Researchers can apply to use any of the mesocosm facilities of Svartberget, Erken, Skogaryd, Asa and Bolmen. The applications will be assessed by a review panel composed by a central panel in consultation with the station managers and SITES Board. Applications will be accepted based on practical feasibility, and priority will be given to projects using more than one site. SITES AquaNet also has the aim to provide access to the infrastructure for as many researchers as possible and will therefore try to accommodate as many projects as possible. Researchers are therefore asked to indicate in the application form the level of flexibility of the project by selecting three alternative time periods, for both the start and end of the planned experiment. If a project is already booked for an experiment at the time of an application, we strongly encourage to open a dialogue between project leaders to see whether it is possible to accommodate both projects within the same time period. The SITES AquaNet coordination team can also help to logistically plan multiple experiments.

Check the availability of the infrastructure and projects already
accepted here.

Participating field
research stations


Measurement program

Silke Langenheder

Helmut Hillebrand


If projects demonstrate strong commitment motivated in the application form, SITES AquaNet allows researchers to book the infrastructure for a maximum of 3 years ahead.
For immediate demands of the infrastructure, in case this is available between a specific winter and summer call, SITES AquaNet will accept applications for experiments that fall within that time period.

Please use the standard application form found here.

What happens if I cancel my booking?

SITES AquaNet accepts reasonable changes in schedule and experimental plans, provided this does not compromise other projects. If a project that had locked other projects from using the infrastructure cancels a booking entirely, the research team responsible will not be able to use SITES AquaNet for a period up to 3 years. Exceptions to these penalties can be made under major circumstances. Cancelations because of lack of funding will not be considered an exception.

SITES - User agreement

Researchers should make sure to have read and be in agreement with all conditions stipulated in the SITES-User agreement.

Read SITES User Agreement here.
Read SITES AquaNet User Agreement here.