eLTER Preparatory Phase Project (eLTER PPP)

Background

The Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI) is now in the preparatory phase of formal implementation as a pan-European Research Infrastructure. The eLTER RI will comprise about 250 eLTER Sites and eLTSER Platforms from over 20 participating European countries. It will offer a wide range of European-level Central Services for different users, including access to sites and site data from multiple sources. eLTER RI will enable standard observations and analyses of the environment in a holistic manner, encompassing biological, geological, hydrological and socio-ecological perspectives.

To secure the implementation of the eLTER RI, the European Commission has recently approved two major, complementary Horizon2020 projects: eLTER PLUS (Advanced Community) and eLTER PPP (Preparatory Phase). The projects will provide a major boost through exemplary case studies at selected eLTER sites across Europe to test the current capacities (eLTER PLUS) and thereby trigger eLTER RI development (eLTER PPP) according to user needs. Both projects started in February 2020 and will last five years.

The project

The Preparatory Phase Project for the eLTER Research Infrastructure (eLTER PPP) is a HORIZON 2020 funded Coordination and Support Action for the detailed specification and high level decision making towards the level of legal, financial and technical maturity required for eLTER RI´s implementation. Therein, eLTER PPP will closely interact with eLTER PLUS to secure the highest relevance of eLTER RI services for  the related research communities and other eLTER RI user groups.

Key facts about eLTER PPP 

  • Lead: UFZ, Germany

  • Consortium: 27 participating institutions from 24 European countries

  • Budget: 4 million € 

  • Duration: 60 months (5 years, Feb 2020 - Jan 2025)

  • Coordinator: Dr. Michael Mirtl (UFZ, Germany); co-coordinator Phillipe Choler (CNRS, France)

  • Core objective: eLTER PPP will coordinate the detailed specification and decision making processes towards the eLTER RI implementation and legal entity at the European and related national levels (eLTER ESFRI process). 

  • Main themes of the eLTER PPP are listed below (see also figure):

    • Design and operation

    • Organisation and funding

    • Strategies and impact

    • Consultation and harmonisation across organisational levels

 The figure illustrates the four PPP themes, together with their associated Work Packages, and their tight connectedness and interrelations. The consultation and harmonisation across organisational levels in Europe is an overarching PPP theme concerning all WPs and leading to establishment of the eLTER RI.
The figure illustrates the four PPP themes, together with their associated Work Packages, and their tight connectedness and interrelations. The consultation and harmonisation across organisational levels in Europe is an overarching PPP theme concerning all WPs and leading to establishment of the eLTER RI.

LTER PPP Work Packages and their roles

eLTER PPP will take care of eLTERs solid anchoring and visible role in the Research Infrastructures landscapes by

  • Establishing the vision, mission and strategic collaboration schemes [WP1] of the eLTER RI, securing international collaborations on global Grand challenges

  • Concluding the requirements of the eLTER RI to be met by the Central Services in support of excellent ecosystem research an other user groups [WP5]

  • Finalising the technical specifications of eLTER RI for the National Research Infrastructure (NRI) design and establishing a site labelling process to support the national eLTER ESFRI processes [WP6]

  • Setting up communication, dissemination and marketing structures suited for seamless continuation in eLTER RI [WP7]

eLTER PPP will accomplish fundamental work on the way to a legal entity and fully operational Research Infrastructure. It will

  • Plan and consolidate effective governance and management structures with shareholders [WP2]

  • Prepare the Head Office and governance of decision making processes [WP2]

  • Strive for a smooth transition from preparation into operation by timely establishing a legal entity and by taking appropriate measures to avoid known risks  [WP3]

  • Provide a cost benefit analysis and secure appropriate financial planning  [WP4]

Overall eLTER timeline towards operation 

eLTER PPP Timeline

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