About PEER

PEER is a partnership of eight of the largest European environmental centres founded in 2001 with the aim of combining forces to follow a joint strategy in environmental sciences and to enhance research on ecological sustainability. This co-operation was confirmed by a Framework Agreement signed on 25 June 2002 in Roskilde, and renewed in 2007 and 2012.

PEER member centres carry out basic and applied research combining different disciplines from natural and social sciences. Research covers all fields of the environment, particularly addressing the interaction between man and nature.


To be a world leader in integrating knowledge and expertise for sustainable development.

The eight directors of the PEER Centres (from left to right): Georg Teutsch (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany), Greta Bentzen (Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research (CIENS), Norway), Bram de Vos (Alterra, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands), Lea Kauppi (Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland), Jean-Marc Bournigal (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA), France), Hanne Bach Clausen (Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (DCE), Denmark), Mark Bailey (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom), David Wilkinson (Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC-IES)) © EU (2015)


  • to build a strategic partnership of major European public environmental research centres;
  • to lead a European Research Area that strengthens the knowledge base for the sustainable development of a changing world;
  • and to foster innovative interdisciplinary research and cross-cutting approaches in support of national and European policy-makers, industry and society.