Integrated European
Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and
socio-ecological Research

eLTER second physical consortium meeting in Frankfurt

9 May 2023

Between 17 – 21 April 2023, the second physical meeting of eLTER took place in Frankfurt, Germany with more than 80 participants. During the meeting, eLTER PPP and eLTER PLUS leaders had the chance to share updates about the projects’ progress and the respective research activities, exchange valuable insights and plan future steps. Participants also engaged in group work activities that allowed them to brainstorm and collect input about the eLTER mentoring program, opportunities for joint work, and communication developments.

In addition to the lively discussions, a half-day field trip to a scientific station in Germany (Kroffdorf Forest hydrological station) was organised, providing an opportunity for partners to observe ecosystems firsthand and learn about the research being conducted at the station, as well as the difficulties faced and how to overcome them.

A poster exhibition was also part of the meeting. It motivated fruitful discussions and interactions among the participants during the breaks and after the other sessions and fostered knowledge exchange and collaboration. The exhibition showcased the latest data from the research done at some of our sites and national networks. To recognise outstanding contributions, the LTsER-Montado, Portugal poster was awarded a prize, acknowledging the efforts and quality of the work presented.