Experimentation in Ecosystem Research
ExpeER is a major European Infrastructure project (2010-2015) in the field of Ecosystem Research. ExpeER will, for the first time, federate existing national infrastructures, improve their research capacity whilst at the same time facilitating access to those key experimental and observational platforms as well as analytical and modelling facilities for the benefit of the international research community.
The project extension request for ExpeER was officially accepted by the European Commission. The ExpeER project is thus officially extended for another 6 months and it will end on 31th May 2015.
CALL FOR ACCESS: FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH VISITS!!!
The ExpeER call for Transnational Access (TA) proposals is continuously open until 31st January 2015. It offers access to 30 state-of-the-art research infrastructures across Europe. It is possible to join on-going experiments and measurements, to initiate new ones, to use data bases etc. More information about ExpeER access and list of ExpeER TNA sites.
FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING
The ExpeER 4th annual meeting took place at the French National Museum of Natural History (Paris) in the afternoon of 23 September 2014. 36 consortium members attended the meeting.
The meeting focused on the remaining workload in the ExpeER project, the management and financial issues and the major output that would not be presented in the ExpeER International Conference 2014. The meeting ended with an open discussion among the consortium members on how to disseminate and sustain the ExpeER output beyond the project’s completion.
ExpeER INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014
The ExpeER International Conference 2014 took place at the French National Museum of Natural History (Paris) on the 24th and 25th of September 2014. An additional modeling workshop was conducted at the Jussieu campus of the University Pierre and Marie Curie(Paris) on the 26th of September. The event was organized by INRA and INRA Transfert with financial support from the European Commission within the framework of the EU FP7 project ExpeER (www.expeeronline.eu).
The strategic aim of the conference was to provide insight on how European and international Research Infrastructures can respond to the grand challenges of understanding global environmental changes that the world is facing today.
Close to 100 participants from all over the world attended the conference, including 23 speakers and 13 poster presenters. Various domains were covered, among which forest, soil sciences, agriculture, hydrology, economy, and modeling. The presentations focused on the following topics: “research infrastructures to address the global change”, “linking in natura to in vitro experimentation”, “new tools to meet new challenges” and “data access and modeling”. 11 keynote speakers provided their insight on these issues. Major output of the ExpeER project were also presented. The presentations were complemented by 3 sessions of poster display and a concluding plenary session of open discussion. The conference proceedings and the ExpeER brochure focusing on the project’s sites were handed out during the conference. Most of the presentations from the conference will be available on the conference’s website in October.
We deeply regret to announce the death of Stefanie Von Bueren at the age of 32. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues.
(Stefanie Von Bueren, from Massey University, New Zealand, did a TA visit at the Eifel site in August 2013).
FIFTH INTERNATIONAL COURSE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
September 22nd - October 3rd, Doñana National Park. More information here
1. PhD opportunity: "Impacts of climate change and pollution events on Arctic ecosystem structure and function" and "nutrient cycling and plant soil feedbacks in a high CO2 world at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment". Further details can be found here.
2. Lectureship in Soil Biology, University of Southampton, UK. More information here.
3. Post-doctoral position at the Montpellier Ecotron on development of model microcosm ecosystems for ecology/agronomy. Further details can be found here.
4. The University of Leeds is seeking to recruit up to 250 exceptional early career academics to tenure track equivalent Academic Fellowships over the next three years. More information here.
The ExpeER brochure* is available here. It will be sent to every ExpeER participants and numerous stakeholders in the next month.
AnaEE is part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures Roadmap (2010) as a new distributed EU infrastructure for ecosystem research. ExpeER forms the building blocks of the AnaEE distributed infrastructure by federating and structuring key existing experimental and observational infrastructures in ecosystem research in Europe. More about AnaEE.