Apply to use SITES AquaNet

How and when can I apply?

Applications for 2021 are welcome!

Applications submitted by March 31, 2021 will be reviewed and given priority. Applications received after this date will be reviewed but availability of the facilities cannot be guaranteed. Applications may be submitted for experiments that span more than one year (i.e. beyond 2021).

Apply using the standard application form.

Application process

Researchers can apply to use any of the mesocosm facilities of Svartberget, Erken, Skogaryd, Asa and Bolmen (see lake descriptions). The applications will be assessed by a review panel in consultation with the station managers and the SITES Board. Applications will be accepted based on feasibility and scientific merit, and priority will be given to projects using facilities at multiple SITES stations.

SITES AquaNet aims to provide access to the infrastructure for as many researchers as possible, and will therefore try to accommodate where possible. In the application form, researchers are therefore asked to indicate the level of flexibility by selecting three alternative time periods for the planned experiment.

Check the availability of the infrastructure and projects already accepted (xlsx-file, updated 2021-02-09).

If another project is booked during the desired dates, we strongly encourage researchers to contact the coordinator for SITES AquaNet, Silke Langenheder ( to have an open a dialogue and 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.


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.

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.

Participating field
research stations


Silke Langenheder

Helmut Hillebrand