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National and international integration

By taking the initiative to build a new generation of Ecotrons after the first generation in the UK and the USA in the 90s, the CNRS has taken a leadership on these large research infrastructures in ecology in Europe. In collaboration with INRA, CNRS has promoted pan-European coordination to help structure and develop research infrastructures on ecosystems. Ecotrons have been involved in I3 and ESFRI programs: ExpeER I3 program (for Ecosystem Research Experimentation 2010-2014) gathered of 37 partners with 33 experimental sites, including the Ecotron de Montpellier which was the most instrumented site. The program AnaEE (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems) including both Ecotrons directors was accepted on ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) roadmap in 2010. After a preparatory phase (2012-2016), AnaEE is now in its Implementation Phase with the perspective to be operational under an ERIC statute in 2019. Its aim is to stimulate and coordinate the construction of new research infrastructures on continental terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems integrated at the European level. These programs have components specifically devoted to Ecotrons.

Ecotrons also participate in the national infrastructure in biology, AnaEE France, which is the French component of the European infrastructure AnaEE funded by the “Investissements d’avenir” program from the French government. The two Ecotrons make up a node of this distributed infrastructure and benefit from the financial support of this infrastructure for on-site investment and shared activities.