MRI News
early career researchers mountain 1920The International Association for Cryospheric Sciences is soliciting nominations for its Early Career Scientist Award. The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2019. 

The International Association for Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) Early Career Scientist (ECS) Award is a cash prize of €1000 that is awarded to two early career scientists who have published the best scientific papers on a cryospheric subject as assessed by an independent evaluation committee.

Read more: Call for Nominations | IACS Early Career Scientist Award

aletsch glacier 2591631 640For the third time, the Swiss Academy of Sciences is organizing a national conference on research within the framework 'Park Research Switzerland.' The aim of the conference is to show which topics are currently being investigated in parks of national importance and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Switzerland in order to reflect on the practice and to identify research gaps.

The conference is aimed at all researchers and individuals working in parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as persons from federal and cantonal offices, non-governmental organizations, and environmental and planning offices.

Please note that although the call is in German and French, submissions are also accepted in English. 

Read more: 3. Tagung Parkforschung Schweiz / 3e colloque Recherche sur les Parcs Suisses

mediating mountains mistThe 46th International Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies has issued a call for panels and individual papers that explore the conference theme of 'Mediating Mountains.' The deadline for submissions is 19 May 2019. 

Taking place 22-24 November 2019 in Innsbruck, Austria, 'Mediating Mountains' sets out to explore mountains as objects and agents of mediation in all artforms and media, including painting, literature, theater, music, film, television, performance and video art, video gaming, photography, and architecture.

Read more: Call for Papers | Mediating Mountains

cows 203460 640The journal Sustainability, an international peer-reviewed journal published by MDPI, is calling for papers for a Special Issue exploring the topic of agritourism in mountains. The deadline for submissions is 30 March 2019.

Agritourism in mountain regions; sustainability; diversification; agricultural resources; traditions and culture; on-farm touristic activities; viability; active farms; rural communities; prevention of rural migration; regional; economic impact of agritourism; economic multiplier effects; sustainable tourism.

Read more: Call for Papers | Sustainability Special Issue on Agritourism in Mountain Regions

Bruno MesserliIt is with sadness that we share news of the death of one of the MRI's earliest supporters, Professor Bruno Messerli, who passed away at the beginning of February. Bruno was an inspiring leader and scientist, and a true giant of mountain research. In addition to the central role he played in the birth of the MRI, Bruno also co-founded the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). We extend our deepest condolences to Bruno’s family, and mourn the loss of a dedicated colleague and a good friend.

Read more: Professor Bruno Messerli, 1931-2019

alrak long horned beetle 2398584 640The Convention on Biological Diversity is in the process of collecting inputs for the development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The mountain research community are encouraged to provide their views by 15 April 2019. 

In 2020 the Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of 'Living in harmony with nature.' In its decision 14/34, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a comprehensive and participatory process for the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework – with input now being invited. 

Read more: Input Invited on the Biodiversity post-2020 Agenda

Mountain Governance Survey Image Only 500x333A Mountain Research Initiative survey is looking for insights into the major challenges for mountain governance, and what is being done to foster sustainability in the world’s mountains.

The MRI invites the mountain research community to provide valuable insights into governance in mountain environments by participating in a short online survey. Through this survey, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the major challenges for governance, and what is being done to foster sustainability in the world’s mountains. We are particularly interested in insights from in-depth case studies that have paid attention to governance as part of the data collection process. 

Read more: Call for Participation | MRI Mountain Governance Survey