The PEER network: an advantage for European environmental science
Founded in 2001 to create a common scientific strategy while pursuing the aim of ecological sustainability, PEER is a network made up of the seven key environmental research centres in Europe.
The collaboration was ratified by a framework agreement signed on 25 June 2002 in Roskilde, Denmark, and renewed in 2007 and 2012. The members of PEER are mainly national and European public institutions working on basic and applied interdisciplinary research that focuses on environmental and social sciences, particularly human-nature interactions.
PEER centres employ approximately 5,000 engineers, researchers and other staff on an annual budget of approximately 430 million euros. They participate in key international networks and programmes and are involved in several projects funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP).
PEER aims to establish itself as a European leader and confirm its position on a global scale by integrating knowledge and expertise in sustainable development, as well as promoting cross-disciplinary and innovative research that supports political decision makers, industry and society.