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mountain village panoramaA one-week training course will be organised in the framework of the H2020 EU-funded project Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, 18-22 November 2019, to address the importance of social innovation in less favoured rural areas.

Social innovation has been heralded as a vital part of the European recovery project since the economic crisis in 2008. It is of particular importance to rural areas, especially more disadvantaged rural areas, where multiple problems of depopulation, environmental quality decline, and low levels of economic activity have been recurrent. With the trend of rapid urbanisation, the remoter rural areas will continue to be adversely affected.

Read more: Advanced International Course on Social Innovation in Rural Areas

chile glacier small The Chilean Society of the Cryosphere invites researchers, professionals, and students both in Chile and abroad to its 2019 Annual Meeting. The deadline for abstracts is 15 March. 

The Chilean Society of the Cryosphere (SOCHICRI – Sociedad Chilena de la Criósfera) Annual Meeting 2019 will take place in the city of La Serena, 9-10 May 2019. Scientists wishing to present their research are invited to submit an abstract to Submissions can be focused on any component of the cryosphere, including field-based and theoretical studies, remote sensing, numerical simulations, legal frameworks, impacts, risks, associated water resources, and others. Abstracts can be sent in Spanish or English. 

Read more: Call for Abstracts | Chilean Society of the Cryosphere Annual Meeting

dolomites 2458217 640The proceedings of the ForumAlpinum 2018 and the 7th Water Conference of the Alpine Convention have been published and are now available online.

Entitled Alpine Water – Common Good or Source of Conflicts?, the proceedings of the ForumAlpinum 2018 contain abstracts of all the event's presentations and posters dealing with questions of water use in the Alpine region and exploring foreseeable future water use conflicts, as well as measures to avoid them. Among the editors is MRI Chair Rolf Weingartner, and the publication includes a summary of his keynote speech on 'Analysing Alpine Water-Related Hotspots: Setting the Ground.'

Read more: Proceedings ForumAlpinum 2018 Now Online

event 1597531 1280The deadline to submit your abstract for the International Mountain Conference 2019 is fast approaching! All abstracts must be received by 14 February 2019. 

The International Mountain Conference 2019 (IMC 2019) will take place 8-12 September 2019 at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Building upon the legacy of the Perth mountain conference series, IMC 2019 aims to encourage in-depth, cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration, and will provide an excellent opportunity for experts from different disciplines to come together and discuss mountains, their responses to climate and other changes, and their resilience as social-ecological systems.

The MRI is looking forward to number of contributions to IMC 2019 from the MRI community of researchers, and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage more mountain researchers to participate. 

Read more: IMC 2019 | Final Call for Abstracts

havefun 1754193 1280PhD students! Don't miss the opportunity to attend the International Mountain Conference 2019 Students4Students Summer School. Abstracts must be submitted by 14 February 2019. 

The International Mountain Conference 2019 Students4Students Summer School is aimed at PhD students working in the fields of Mountain Biology, Mountain Hazards, and Mountain Tourism, and takes place 1-7 September 2019 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

The summer school is offered in conjunction with and takes place immediately prior to the International Mountain Conference 2019 (IMC 2019) in order to provide PhD students with extended possibilities to discuss their research in detail with fellow students and experts. A strong focus will be placed upon on peer-to-peer interactions to encourage networking among PhD students that can be capitalized on in future research careers. The summer school will also be excellent preparation for IMC 2019, which the students are very much encouraged to attend.

Read more: IMC 2019 Students4Students Summer School

Day 2 Atlas launch K Verbist smallerA new publication maps the retreat of Andean glaciers and the associated loss of the glacier meltwater relied upon by millions – and proposes several measures to address this imminent challenge. MRI SLC member Mathias Vuille was among those in Chile earlier this month to celebrate the launch of the Spanish version of this important resource.

From 24-25 January 2019, nearly 100 scientists, students, practitioners, representatives from NGO’s, and policy- and decision-makers from Andean countries, Europe, and the United States met at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santiago, Chile to celebrate the launch of the Spanish version of the Andean Glacier and Water Atlas.

Read more: Andean Glacier and Water Atlas Launched

durban 1557767 1280Earlier this month, experts from IPCC Working Group II came together in Durban, South Africa to begin preparing their contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Among them were representatives from the MRI and ICIMOD, selected to co-lead the Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains.

From 20-25 January 2019, over 250 authors from the IPCC Working Group II – concerned with climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerabilities – met in Durban, South Africa for the First Lead Author Meeting of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The authors were selected from more than 1000 nominations submitted by governments and IPCC Observer Organizations, with the selection aiming to balance expertise, gender, countries, and regions to ensure the inclusion of diverse views and scientific disciplines.

Following the announcement last year that Carolina Adler of the MRI and Philippus Wester of ICIMOD had been chosen to co-lead a Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains as part of the Working Group II contribution to AR6, they too travelled to Durban to meet with their co-authors and begin the process of reviewing the existing scientific literature.

Read more: Making Sure Mountains Matter at IPCC Lead Author Meeting