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caucasus smallSocial Innovation in Marginalized Rural Areas (SIMRA), a EU Horizon 2020 project, has published a collection of inspiring examples of social innovation in mountain areas, with case studies covering issues as wide-ranging as governance, ecosystem management, mountain services, and local development. 

SIMRA aims to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry, and rural development in marginalised rural areas across Europe and around the Mediterranean, including non-EU countries. As part of this work, it has published a series of brochures that aim to concretely illustrate social innovation through the presentation of local ongoing initiatives.

Read more: New Publication | Social Innovation in Mountain Areas

Dolomites SueTAfroMont is a communication and networking organisation interested in research and policy relating to African mountains. 

Afromont aims to highlight experiences from research, field projects and innovation and best practice in sustainable mountain development and climate change adaptation in African countries.

Photo: Dolomites in South Tyrol. AfroMont attended a EURAC conference in nearby Bolzano, Italy.

Read more: African Mountain Research Times - October 2018

vietnam 3059653 640Two MRI-led sessions focusing on the application and use of scenario tools for sustainable mountain development are seeking contributions and participation. Deadline for abstract submission is 30 October 2018. 

The Global Land Programme (GLP) is organising its 4th Open Science Meeting under the topic 'Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature.' With a wide diversity of research, immersive sessions, and training sessions, the conference will address three themes: what are the visions for the planetary land system; what do people want from land; and how do we support transformation? This conference will take place in Bern, Switzerland, 24-26 April 2019.

Read more: Call for Abstracts: MRI Sessions at GLP 4th Open Science Meeting

mountain tundra 2734105 1920Plant communities in Arctic and alpine regions are growing taller as a result of a warming climate. This is according to the results of a huge, collaborative research effort exploring tundra vegetation change, which were published in the journal Nature this week. 

Rapid climate warming in the Arctic and alpine regions is driving changes in the structure and composition of plant communities, with important consequences for how this vast and sensitive ecosystem functions. A new paper, published in Nature this week, shows that tundra plant communities are getting taller, which is mostly due to new, taller species moving in. “This is the first time that a biome-scale study has been carried out to get to the root of the critical role that plants play in this rapidly-warming part of the planet” says one of the core authors, Dr. Isla Meyers-Smith.of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Read more: Vegetation Change Across the Tundra Biome

Taita Vuria peak LARGEResearch published in the journal Sustainability Science last month uses participatory scenarios to explore the impacts of climate change on traditional farming communities in the East African highlands. Paper author Dr. Claudia Capitani tells us more.

Climate change poses a significant future challenge for many African countries, with an increase in temperature, higher frequency of extreme events, and uncertain precipitation patterns – wetter rainy seasons for some regions, increased aridity for others – anticipated by the middle of this century. This in turn has implications for food security, poverty reduction, and ecosystem conservation and restoration – making tackling climate change a key priority for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals at both a local and country level.

Read more: New Publication | Views From Two Mountains

lausanne 540963 640 smallThe University of Lausanne (UNIL) invites applications from candidates trained in the social and/or natural sciences to develop a research and teaching program on issues related to the sustainable management of natural, social, and economic resources in mountain regions.

The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,800 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the Lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities. A small satellite campus in the town of Sion (VS), located along the Rhone River in the heart of the Alps, hosts the administrative team of the new Interdisciplinary Centre for Mountain Research, the research group Cultures and Natures of Tourism, and the MA in Tourism Studies.

Read more: New Opportunity | Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the Geography of the Resources of Mountain...

glacier 530050 640The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia seeks two students interested in pursuing graduate studies in glacial geology. M.S. and Ph.D. applications are welcome from students with backgrounds in glacial geology, glaciology, sedimentology, geomorphology, earth surface processes, and/or marine geology.

As part of an international collaboration to study Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica, one opportunity is to constrain past change in the position of the glacier's margin and the factors responsible for driving those changes using sedimentological proxies. This student will participate on a research cruise to Antarctica in the austral summer of 2020.

Read more: New Opportunity | Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia in Glacial Geology