The mission of IRSAE is to advance the quality of PhD education within various research fields coupled to Applied Ecology thereby producing responsible future scientists & managers that can progress the present-day front in applied ecology further. There are 119 PhD students and over 50 researchers from 15 partners and 6 different countries attached to IRSAE. PhD students and the participating research groups are the main players of the network! IRSAE attempts to achieve its mission through various objectives:
- To establish an interactive network of contacts and collaboration among PhD students, researchers and managers
- To supply PhD-students with ecological theory and enable them to employ this theory in tackling management issues
- To exchange and facilitate information between parties involved regarding the availability of existing PhD courses, seminars, research funding, career opportunities etc, and to create new PhD courses, conferences, and PhD meetings;
“Apply ecological theory and methodology to develop comprehensive mitigation measures for the sustainable use and management of natural resources. To validate the desired effect of the previous we need effective and long term monitoring of the natural environment. Hence, the bulk of our research and education is focused towards mitigation, use, management and environmental monitoring (MUMM)”.
IRSAE has a Steering board which follows a consensus based decision-making process and is responsible for the strategic development of IRSAE, the budget and applications from new member institutions. The Steering board consists of six representatives from different partner institutions, and two PhD student representatives. The Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences is the coordinating partner. Harry P. Andreassen is the chair of the Steering board. IRSAE has a Secretariat which is responsible for the daily management and is currently made of three members: the program director Tomas Willebrand, associate professor Olivier Devineau and the scientific coordinator Henriette W. Gelink.
Chair of the Steering Board, Dean Prof. Harry P. Andreassen