The MRI provides funding contributions annually for synthesis workshops that bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research community, with the objective of producing synthesis products such as articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals or the compilation of relevant data into publishable databases. 

A call for synthesis workshops is generally published in the first half of every year. The 2021 call closed on 31 May. Information regarding general funding eligibility and conditions can be found in this pdf.

MRI-Funded Synthesis Workshops 2012 to Present


Renewable Energy Transitions: A Comparative Assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Andes, and Alps

7-9 April 2021 | Online | Organizers: Christopher Scott, Chi Huyen Truong
Aim: To synthesize current understanding and address future challenges related to energy transitions in mountain regions with an emphasis on renewable energy in the context of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Andes, and Alps.
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Transformative Adaptation to Climate Change in African Mountains

Organizers: Aida Cuni-Sanchez, Noelia Zafra Calvo, and Beth Kaplin
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Towards a Mountain Resilience Report: Regenerating Mountain Systems by Systemic Innovation

13 September 2019 | Innsbruck, Austria | Organizers: Tobias Luthe, Romano Wyss
Aim: The development of the 2021/2022 Mountain Resilience Report
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Contribution of Long-Term Social-Ecological Research Programs in mountains to global policy agendas and UN Conventions

1-4 October 2019 | Champex-Lac, Switzerland | Organizers: Christoph Randin, Davnah Payne
Aim: To deliver a synthesis of how mountain LTSER currently support global policy agendas and UN conventions, and how their contribution could be improved and strengthened in the future.
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Transformative Change as a Response to Climate Change in Mountain Social-Ecological Systems

2-3 September 2019 | Organizers: Ignacio Palomo, Sandra Lavorel, and Bruno Locatelli
Aim: To synthesize the information on climate change related Nature Based Solutions (NBS) in mountains, and evaluate their potential to produce transformative change.
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WEATHER: a scientific approach in Water sEcurity and climATe cHange adaptation in pEruvian glacieRs

16-17 August 2019 | Lima, Peru | Organizers: Jorge Abad Cueva, Pedro Rau Lavado, Duncan Quincey, and Wouter Buytaert
Aim: To provide input into the formulation of a national policy for glaciers and mountain ecosystems in Peru, in collaboration with INAIGEM and the Peruvian Ministry of Environment, and building further links between the private sector and academia.
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Alpine-treeline Spatial Pattern as an Indicator for Climate Change Responses: Laying the Theoretical Foundation for a Global Treeline Monitoring Network

31 August - 5 September 2017 | Jaca, Spain | Organizers: Maaike Bader
Aim: To discuss how global variation in spatial patterns at treelines from the subarctic to the tropics can be captured, quantified, and used to predict dynamics at different treeline sites.

Land Use/Cover Change in the Tropical Andes During the 21st Century: Patterns, Drivers, Future Scenarios, and Research Agenda

27-29 September 2017 | Quito, Ecuador | Organizer: Ricardo Grau
Aim: To explore patterns, future scenarios, and research agendas related to land cover and land use change in the Tropical Andes, culminating in this article 'Woody Vegetation Dynamics in the Tropical and Subtropical Andes from 2001 to 2014: Satellite Image Interpretation and Expert Validation' published in Global Change Biology
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Qualities, Vulnerabilities, and Management of Ecosystem Services in Mountain Regions Worldwide

11-14 September 2012 | Emmental, Switzerland | Organizers: Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, Sandra Lavorel, and Ariane Walz

Building Resilience of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems to Global Change

20-25 May 2012 | Estes Park, Colorado, USA | Organizer: Julia Klein
Outputs: Klein, J.A. et al. "Catalyzing Transformations to Sustainability in the World's Mountains." Earth's Future (2019):, J.A. et al. "An integrated community and ecosystem-based approach to disaster risk reduction in mountain systems." Environmental Science & Policy  (2019):
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Supported By

MRI's financial support for synthesis workshops is made available thanks to the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein.


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