The eLTER CRITEX Conference

The French research infrastructures (RIs) gathering the Critical Zone Observatories (OZCAR RI – and the LTSER (Long Term Socio-Ecological Research) Zones Ateliers network (RZA-RI –, have organized on November 9 and 10, at IPGP, an international scientific symposium intended to reflect and to organize their contribution to the eLTER infrastructure (Integrated European Long­‐Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socioecological Research) –

About 60 participants from both communities attended the conference.

In a period of important transition for the community ‐ the end of the program of excellence CRITEX (*) –, – the beginning of the program of excellence TERRA FORMA (*) – and – upcoming European applications for sites and thematic centers, this conference was an opportunity for a reflexive assessment of our long‐term place­‐based observation systems and the support of their transformation in close interaction with stakeholders.

By organizing this conference, the aim was to initiate a collective mobilization of researchers and actors on what the French community can defend and bring to the European construction, on the opportunities of collaborations with other countries. Furthermore, a position paper will be produced following this meeting.

The meeting gathered about ten invited conferences divided into three sessions covering the diversity that characterizes the research of national territorial observation systems :

i) Critical zone instrumentation, from CRITEX to TERRA FORMA

ii) Sciences for action and transformation

iii) answer to the question : ” What should the LTSER observatory of the future looks like ?

More information :

All information are available in the conference website :

The presentations of the workshop can be found in this folder.

Videos are available here.

The article presenting the CRITEX EQUIPEX Programme is available in the newsletter OZCAR 2023 (sheet 26).

(*) CRITEX: Innovative Equipment for the Critical Zone; TERRA FORMA: Designing and testing intelligent observatories for territories in the Anthropocene.