Join Eurosite’s Twinning Workshop to help design twinning as a tool for sharing good practice in Natura 2000 site management.

Eurosite and its member organisation Natuurmonumenten are organising a workshop on twinning, as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Twinning is a structured collaboration between people from two natural sites allowing synergies, joint working and learning for the benefit of Europe’s nature. Natura 2000 site managers and the European Commission see an important role for twinning to improve site management practices, however a structure behind the concept is required.

During this twinning workshop you and the other participants will design the (new) Natura 2000 Twinning Framework, taking forward the experiences from Eurosite and other existing twinning programs. This Framework will capture the outcomes and lessons learned from cooperation between Natura 2000 sites and also make them accessible to the wider site management community. By contributing to this workshop, you can make sure that the Natura 2000 Twinning Framework addresses your needs.

Register for the workshop at

Where: Rotterdam area, The Netherlands

When: 30 November and 1 December 2016

European Ecosystem Services Conference
19-23 September 2016
Antwerp, Belgium


From 19-23 September 2016 the European Ecosystem Services Conference 'Helping nature to help us' will take place in Antwerp, Belgium (
The conference is organized by several EU funded research projects (OPERAs and OpenNESS), ECOPLAN and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), and hosted by the University of Antwerp.
It will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital.
Registration closes 2 September 2016 (17:00 CET).


ALTER-Net has launched a call for Multi-Site Research proposals. Our Multi-Site Research initiative is designed to enable not only research on fundamental ecological questions but other research relevant to ALTER-Net, e.g.on socio-ecological research issues (with, e.g. interview techniques, citizen science approaches, etc.). Hence, as well as ecological studies, the programme will consider socio-ecological research and studies addressing topics including eco-political issues, ecosystem services, ecosystem functioning, etc. Given the more or less pan-European distribution of ALTER-Net consortium partners, ALTER-Net MSRs potentially allow the inclusion of the majority of bio-geographical and (socio-)economical regions in Europe.
The submission closing date is 01 August 2016, 12:00 CET.
Proposals must be led by an ALTER-Net partner but may involve other organisations.

This call for proposals is aimed at scientists working at or affiliated to an ALTER-Net institute in order to deliver a high impact paper on hot topics related to biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystems services (for further explanation, see attached goals, procedure and template document). The purpose is to bring together existing knowledge from different partner institutes (not excluding non-members of ALTER-Net) and to create a high impact paper and other deliverables (see the attachment).
The available budget for one project is 20 000€ maximum.
Proposals should be send to the ALTER-Net Secretary, Tessa van Santen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), before 1 September 2016, 12:00 CET.


27th session of the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape, on “Mountains, uplands, lowlands. European landscapes from an altitudinal perspective”

5 – 9 September 2016

Innsbruck and Seefeld, Tyrol/Austria


Registration closes on 26 August 2016, or ealier if the maximum of 250 registrations has been reached.

Conference fees:

Early-Bird until 15 April 2016:     € 400.00 (€ 360.00 for students)

Regular from 16 April 2016:         € 440.00 (€ 400.00 for students)

The conference fee includes:

  1. one conference kit, including the conference abstract volume
  2. access to all lectures and presentations of the conference
  3. participation in one of the field trips on Wednesday, 7 Sept. 2016 (including transfer from the first conference location, Innsbruck, to the second location, Seefeld)
  4. coffee/tea and snacks during 4 morning breaks and 3 afternoon breaks
  5. 5 lunches (or packed lunch on the field trip)
  6. conference dinner on Thursday, 8 Sept. 2016 (planned at Rosshütte, 1,800 m a.s.l., overlooking Seefeld, including transfer by funicular)

Up-to-date information on the conference is available on, now also including keynotes, conference field trips and post-conference excursion.

Important note for all presenters: Deadline for the registration is 1 April 2016. Your proposals for oral and poster presentations are accepted on condition that you register by that date.

 The post conference excursion:

Conference participants are welcome to register also for the post-conference excursion “Landscapes and Agrarian Land Use in the Euregio Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino” from 9–11 September 2016.

The post-conference excursion into the Italian part of Euregio aims to expand the conference area beyond the Austrian part of Tyrol, to point out the political and spatial interrelations between the historical parts of Tyrol (North and South Tyrol) and the Trentino and to make the participants aware of this European region, its cultural landscape, the situation of rural space and agriculture at different altitudinal levels.

Participants stay overnight at the ***Hotel Penegal, which is situated at an elevation of 1737 m on Monte Penegal and is known in the region for its splendid 360° views across the valley of the river Etsch and the town of Bozen/Bolzano in the east to the Dolomites and across the Nons valley in the west all the way to the massifs of the Brenta and Ortler.

The post-conference excursion will only go ahead if at least 20 participants have registered by 30 April 2016. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis (time stamp of payment). Once the maximum of 30 participants have registered, any further interested individuals are put on a waiting list.

Due to sponsoring by the Federal State of Tyrol, the post-excursion fee could be kept at only € 230.00 (single room) or € 200.00 EUR (shared double room). It includes two overnight stays in Hotel Penegal, breakfast, packed lunch, dinners (excluding drinks), bus transfers, funicular, excursion guides, transfer to the airport or train station in Innsbruck.