Interested in joining Alternet?

Alternet’s mission is to support the science-policy interface and integrate research on biodiversity and ecosystems at the European level. As we work toward greater integration, our aim is to feature full, pan-European membership and representation.

We always welcome new partners!

How does Alternet bring added value to its partner institutes?

  • Facilitating and engaging with the science-policy interface, including through management of the Eklipse mechanism
  • Hosting the Alternet Summer School in Peyresq (Haute Provence, France), which has been providing training for young researchers in interdisciplinary approaches to biodiversity and ecosystems research since 2006
  • Bringing together diverse scientific, policy, stakeholder, and NGO perspectives for bi-annual Alternet Conferences, mostly developed in cooperation with the European Commission
  • Supporting high-impact research on pressing topical issues facing science and society through the AHIA initiative
  • Funding multi-site research projects that take advantage of Alternet’s pan-European facilities through the MSR initiative
  • Supporting international partner research and exchange through our Mobility Fund
  • Communicating and promoting targeted knowledge transfer with the scientific community, policymakers, and the public
  • Enabling international consortium building and internal sharing of funding opportunities through the Call Exchange clearing house mechanism
  • Supporting research infrastructure, including the LTER-Europe network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research sites (LTER), Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research platforms (LTSER) and LifeWatch, and promoting research activities at or with these infrastructural facilities (ALTER-Net was instrumental in developing these major, widely recognized European research infrastructures)
  • Exploring cooperation and synergies with other biodiversity and ecosystem research networks and new institutions that complement our work or stimulate innovative thinking
  • Actively participating in the IPBES process as a stakeholder, and representing Alternet at EU high level conferences
  • Establishing a vibrant international and interdisciplinary ecosystems and biodiversity research community

Partnership Commitments:

Alternet partners commit to:

  • Proactively developing and mobilizing joint research activities
  • Funding their own participation in the Alternet meetings
  • Supporting Alternet activities with a yearly cash and in-kind contribution
  • Responding appropriately to communications from Alternet bodies
  • Actively promoting and communicating about ALTER-Net’s goals and activities within its own organisation
  • Contributing actively to the outreach and profiling of the activities for Alternet

Each Partner pledges to provide cash and in-kind contributions according to its size (large, medium and small). The classification is based on the number of employees working on Alternet related topics:

  • For large size (>100 employees) institutes the minimum cash contribution is 5.000 € per year.
  • For medium size (50-100 employees) institutes the minimum cash contribution is 2.000 € per year.
  • For small (<50 employees) institutes the minimum cash contribution is 500 € per year.

Alternet is aiming to achieve full pan-European coverage as well as research encompassing all major ecosystem types in Europe. Apply now to become a member of ALTER-Net and start benefiting from our services. To find out more, please contact the Alternet secretariat at:

How to Join:

Is your institute interested in joining Alternet? We encourage you to read our membership form and apply today!

Prospective members are asked to additionally provide the following application materials:

  • Information from the new partner institute explaining the expertise and/or capacity in strategic biodiversity research of the institute
  • An invitation letter from an existing consortium partner who acknowledges the candidacy
  • A draft letter of agreement (i.e. a draft pledge)

For direction in preparing these materials, please contact the Alternet Secretariat.