mountain.TRIP was funded through the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme and ran for 24 months from December 2009 on.

Best practice

mountain.TRIP developed an approach: Research results have to be communicated actively and professionally. This includes their transformation into a user-friendly format and a customer-oriented language, and their distribution through channels that correspond to the needs and habits of potential users.

Based on this approach mountain.TRIP produced the following outputs:

  • Exemplary communication products plus the insights gained in their production,
  • mountain.SEARCH, a handbook for practitioners on how to find research results and data on European mountains,
  • mountain.WOCUR (pronounced mountainWalker), a wiki-based teaching tool for scientists on how to communicate research results,
  • recommendations and to the EU on how to enhance research communication. 

Use the examples we have developed as inspiration for your work:

  • Science Sells: Four video clips in which project leaders of research project 'sell' their project to you. They pitch their project in a short video clip.
  • Co-ops in the clouds: Why not produce an animated video to introduce ideas and approaches to marketing mountain products?
  • Carpathian Fine Foods: Set of brochures and workshop – From your farm to everyone's tables. To be used as role model for stakeholder communications which reach their audience.
  • Olivar Sostenible: Set of posters for a traveling exhibition. Don't let the scientists design the posters!
  • mountain.SEARCH: sometimes you need a handbook to help people find research results on the internet.
  • The mountain.WOCUR ("walker"): a wiki on communication useful research. Collected insights and knowledge of the mountain.TRIP project team. Helps you to avoid making the same mistakes.



The consortium is coordinated by  Institute of Mountain Research: Man & Environment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and also involves the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College (UK), Euromontana , EcoLogic (Germany), the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management of the Jagiellonian University (Poland), and the MRI.


The goal is to provide stakeholders, end-users and practitioners with readily accessible and understandable forms of research-based information relevant to sustainable development in mountain regions. mountain.TRIP will start where other EU projects have finished, translating research findings into useful information and developing relationships between users and researchers.

Research projects often produce valuable results, methods, tools and instruments, but at the end of the project neither time nor money remain to disseminate these results among practitioners and to the interested public.

Furthermore, research results usually exist in forms recognized by the research community but not easily or quickly assimilated by communities of practice.

mountain.TRIP will close the gap that currently exists between EU project findings and the needs of policy- and decision-makers, stakeholders in economy and environment, planners and administrators, non-governmental organisations, end-users, and other members of groups representing the interests of citizens and industry of the most important mountain regions of Europe.

mountain.TRIP will not just disseminate research results, but will rather synthesize results from multiple EU funded projects while adapting the format of that synthesis through continuous interaction with practitioners to meet their needs.

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