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Statement from the PEER Director:

Dear Friends,

PEER has demonstrated throughout the past 15 years what we are able to achieve together within a strategic network which is based on a European Research Area concept.

Europe and consequently PEER has definitely suffered a significant setback by the decision of Britain to leave the EU. Nevertheless, PEER should stay committed to the ERA idea despite this problematic decision. I am absolutely convinced that our partner CEH is an indispensable partner in PEER and we need to identify ways to continue our fruitful collaborations even if common programs or projects will be harder to realize in future.


Georg Teutsch
PEER Director


Nitrogen deposition affects population changes of butterfly and moth species in Finland
06 October 2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE
Large, mobile and multivoltine butterflies and moths that either utilise a wide variety host plants or have adapted to feed on nitrophilous plants are becoming more common in Finnish nature. Soil eutrophication caused by nitrogen deposition from the atmosphere has had a strong impact on the species that have flourished or declined in Finland over the past few decades.

Researchers night across Europe: have a closer look at science
29 September 2016, JRC
As of 28 September, over 250 cities across Europe and neighbouring countries are hosting “Researchers night”, an initiative which has scientists meet citizens to present some of their most exciting work and explain how science can change our lives. JRC scientists take part in events organised in Brussels in Belgium; in Milan, Turin, Aosta, Varese and Trento in Italy; and in Seville in Spain, building on successful participation in previous years.

JRC and ENEA deepen scientific collaboration
28 September 2016, JRC
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the JRC and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), will strengthen scientific cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including energy, big data, sustainability and environment. The MoU builds on a previous successful collaboration over the period 2010-2015.


Towards a strategy for open data access in PEER – Challenges, Methods and Tools
17 October 2016, JRC
Considering the European Commission's policy of open access to research data and the general trend to improve accessibility of research data, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising an open data PEER workshop which aims to help develop a common strategy and guidelines for data provision by the PEER partners. The workshop will be held in the JRC headquarters in Brussels from 17-18 October 2016.

PEER scientific seminar on data integration, exploration and analytics
Big Data Integration, Exploration and Analytics in Environmental Sciences - Open PEER scientific seminar
02 September 2016, Environmental Technologies, Irstea
With the kind support of the scientific department of the French Embassy, the Institute Francais in Munich and the BFHZ (Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum).