The International LTER Network is pleased to announce its first global Open Science Meeting to be held from 9-13 October 2016 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Registration will be open to all experts involved in LTER, interested researchers, and stakeholders. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2016.

Topical research themes will be addressed in plenary, break-out sessions, and workshops. The meeting will offer opportunities to network and coordinate with colleagues from site-based to global LTER in one conference at a world-class biodiversity destination. ILTER will also use the opportunity to engage a range of powerful international partners of LTER in global change research and policy.

Field trips to South African LTER sites will be organized. Remember to put the dates on your calendar.

The ILTER is also issuing a call for bottom-up scientific collaboration initiatives. The proposers of up to three excellent initiatives will be offered Travel Grants to participate in the ILTER Open Science Meeting 2016 (9-13 October) in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Deadline for bottom-up initiative proposals has been extended to March 21.