ILTER supports globally comparative and synthetic analyses over time and space in search of general ecological principles prevailing across biomes, environmental zones, ecosystem types and scales. It fosters long-term global-scale investigations of major ecosystems and socio-ecological systems to support knowledge-based decision making at various levels concerning ecosystem services and biodiversity.
ILTER Science Committee
The ILTER Science Committee comprises researchers from different disciplines, representing many different member networks. It defines the ILTER scientific agendas. Furthermore, the Science Committee develops the scientific programmes for ILTER events including the ILTER Open Science Meetings, whereby it invites keynote speakers (in cooperation with the ILTER Executive Committee) and evaluates abstracts received by prospective speakers. The Science Committee also helps evaluating proposals for ILTER Research Initiatives and provides advice regarding the ILTER educational activities. 
ILTER members collectively carry out a wide range of educational activities, in the field, laboratory and classroom. Their sites and the databases they develop create a number of unique educational opportunities for enhancing ecological and socio-ecological literacy. These unique aspects include:
  • The ability to monitor long-term patterns and phenomena
  • The ability to analyze and synthesize the data collected at different stations
  • The ability to undertake learning relating to large-scale processes typical of most of the systems on Earth
  • The accumulation of data from different systems and over time by different educational communities enables the development of unique mutual relationships.
  • The potential for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary generalization is more similar to the context of problem solving in the real world.

Our Team
Peter Haase
Chair of the Science Committee
Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, Germany

Aurora Gaxiola Alcantar
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Martin Forsius
Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Nancy Grimm
Arizona State University
Kinga Krauze
European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology, Poland
Michael Liddell
James Cook University, Australia
David Lindenmayer
Australian National University
Melinda Smith
Colorado State University, USA
Daniel Orenstein
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Hideaki Shibata
Hokkaido University,