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”I liked how well balanced everything was. I especially liked that the controversies about ecosystem services was addressed and they were not brushed under the carpet. I liked that different perspectives were presented to us and we had the option to decide and think for ourselves.”

”The summer school exceeded my expectations on course content, practical work, hospitality and social occasions. ”

”The summer school in Peyresq was more than I had imagined, regarding both content and the total experience – socially and professionally.”

”I went to the Summer School with many questions in my head, but came back with even more... but also with a lot of new friends!”

”... a good arena where to exchange ideas, experiences and meet with researchers – practitioners from similar, but also various other relevant fields.”

”The course exceeded my expectations. I was very unsure and timid going into it and thought I might be quite out of my element, but the atmosphere in Peyresq is so relaxed and by the end I felt so much more comfortable speaking my thoughts and concerns.”

”A modern-day School of Aristotle, where lecturers learn as much as students - if not more”
- M. Sharman

”...a unique opportunity for young European researchers to come together, to focus on interdisciplinary issues and to develop personal networks...”
-K. Baadsvik

For all enquiries concerning the Summer School, please contact:

Marie Vandewalle

Science Policy Expert Group,
Department of Conservation Biology,
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ,
Permoserstraße 15,
04318 Leipzig,

Phone: +49 341 235 1636

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome back to the ALTER-Net Summer School e-newsletter.
This is the second broad e-Newsletter from ALTER-Net familiarizing you with our highly regarded Summer School, and reminding you of the invitation to apply for our 10th school, which will be held from September 2nd to 12th, 2015, in Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France.
Application is open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from both within and outside the ALTER-Net network partners, as well as young professionals in related fields.
We have extended the deadline to apply to this year’s Summer School to May 27th.
The aim of the Summer School is to create an environment for studying the challenges relating to biodiversity and natural resources in an inter- and trans-disciplinary way. More information on the goal and history of the summer school were given in our first e-newsletter. You can also find further information on the Summer School website, including the latest programme, biographies of the speakers and testimonials from previous students.
Read on to learn more about the Summer School, including news of our first video, which provides a glimpse of the Peyresq experience.

Application deadline extended

The deadline to apply to the Summer School has been extended to May 27th

ALTER-Net is holding its 2nd international conference on May 18-20th in Ghent, Belgium. To avoid any confusion with the registration to this conference, we decided to postpone the application deadline to the Summer School to May 27th.
Application to the Summer School is now open until May 27th. Please see the ALTER-Net website ( for further information, e.g. the eligibility criteria, the important dates and further testimonials from previous students. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Marie at

If you’re interested in registering to the ALTER-Net conference: Nature and Urban Wellbeing: Nature-Based Solutions to Societal Challenges, you can find further information on the ALTER-Net website:

Watch our Video!

Get a feeling of what to expect in our Summer School from our first video

To get a taste of what the Summer School is like, and what it means to a Summer School tutor (and previous student), please see our new and first video: Filmed at the 9th ALTER-Net Summer School in September 2014, the video features Marie Vandewalle, interviewed by Steve Redpath on her experience of the School. Lovingly filmed by Allan Watt, the director of the Summer School and produced and edited by Peter Watt, the video conveys the beauty of the location, the benefits of the experience and the relaxing atmosphere that Peyresq offers.
Feel free to share the video and let us know what you think about it!

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Important dates and deadlines

Please note that the proposed dates may be subject to slight changes; please check the website regularly for the latest update.
Extended application deadline: May 27th 2015
Selection notification: June, 5th 2015
Confirmation of attendance: June 12th 2015
Tuition payment deadline: July 31st 2015
10th ALTER-Net Summer School: September 2-12th 2015

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