ILTER places emphasis on solid and professional internal structures which provide the institutional framework for its long-term operations in line with its strategic goals. Through its governance structures, ILTER is accountable towards its members, responsibilities can clearly be defined and distributed among the network’s officers, transparency is given regarding ILTERs actions, its collaborations with other networks and organizations, and regarding how its funds are spent. Not least, fairness is ensured by defining clear mechanisms for all the members to get involved in decision making. Such good management practices are essential for networks and research infrastructures with a long-term perspective. Specific activities and stepwise progress often rely on temporary funding sources, such as international research projects, but beyond these which come and go, only a well-functioning governance ensures continuity.
LTER Coordinating Committee (ILTER CC)
The ILTER CC is the main body of designated representatives of the Member Networks and it is ILTER’s primary decision-making body, whereby each ILTER member has one vote. The ILTER CC convenes annually. and holds telecons in between.
ILTER Executive Committee (ILTER EC)
The ILTER EC is responsible for day-to-day organisational aspects of ILTER in between the ILTER CC meetings. Thereby it puts decisions taken by the ILTER CC into action. The ILTER EC interacts virtually in that it holds a monthly telecon. The members of the ILTER EC:
ILTER Chair and Co-Chair
The ILTER Chair convenes and presides at the Coordinating Committee meetings and telecons and at the Executive Committee telecons, and ensures that the business of ILTER is carried out effectively and in accordance with its committee’s decisions. The Co-Chair supports the Chair and takes over the Chair’s role in case the Chair is absent.
Member Networks and Regions
ILTER is a network of networks. Most of its members are national LTER networks, consisting of scientists collectively engaged to conduct scientific research according to the ILTER mission, vision and goals. Each of these networks has its own long-term programme and has become part of the ILTER legal entity. The ILTER member networks are structured into the four ILTER Regional Groups: Americas (including US LTER), East-Asia-Pacific (EAP), Africa, Europe (LTER Europe).
ILTER International Management Office (IMO)
The IMO provides day-to-day support for the ILTER chair's work and administers the ILTER action items. It provides support regarding ILTER meetings, including minute taking, set up of virtual meeting tools etc., and it handles central communication, such as mailing lists and circulars and ILTER correspondence.
ILTER Secretariat and Financing Office (SFO)
The ILTER Secretariat handles the financial administration of the association and of its initiatives. It hosts the document store and the central contacts database. It performs contractual work and legal obligations, and it maintains the content of this website. Both offices closely collaborate.