ILTER: 1st Open Science Meeting Skukuza 2016

Long-Term Ecosystem Research for sustainability under global changes: Findings and challenges of ILTER from local to global scales.


9-13 October 2016 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa


The International LTER Network is pleased to announce its first global Open Science Meeting open to all experts involved in LTER, interested researchers and stakeholders. ILTER is a 'network of networks', a global network of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems. ILTER's focus is on long-term, site-based research and monitoring.

Topical research themes will be addressed in plenary, break-away sessions and workshops. Experience from site-based to global LTER in one conference at a world-class biodiversity destination, and take advantage of ample opportunities for networking and coordination across ecosystems.

ILTER will also use the opportunity to engage a range of powerful international partners of LTER in global change research and policy.


  • Nitrogen impacts on ecosystems structure and function.
  • Carbon and water cycles under climate change.
  • Towards sustainable usage of ecosystem services (local, regional & global).
  • Drivers of biodiversity across scales.
  • Data integration and interoperability linking global scale ecosystem research and environmental monitoring.
  • Linking local, regional and global Earth system observations and models.
  • Long-term studies of population dynamics.
  • Long-term changes in nutrient cycling.


Please note that availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed after 07 August due to limited availability - please register now to avoid disappointment.

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More about ILTER

ILTER’s vision is a world in which science helps prevent and solve environmental and socio-ecological problems through question and problem-driven research, designed collaborative, site-based projects, comparable data from a global network of sites and focus on global trends. Most ILTER members are national or regional networks of scientists engaged in long-term, site-based ecological and socio-ecological research (known as LTER or LTSER). They have expertise in the collection, management and analysis of long-term environmental data. Together they are responsible for creating and maintaining a large number of unique long-term datasets.

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Kruger National Park Info

The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species: 

336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. People's interaction with the lowveld environment over many centuries, - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites, - is very evident in the park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

Click here for a map of Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species

Kruger National Park Animals