The 'Mountains as contexts for global change: interdisciplinary experiences, challenges and new perspectives across the natural and social sciences' symposium, organized by CIRM, MRI, and FoLAP at the 18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, now calls for abstracts. 

The submission deadline is 30 August 2020.

CIRM, MRI, and FoLAP are organizing a symposium on the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary mountain research. 

Mountain regions offer concrete contexts through which challenges and opportunities of global change are experienced, perceived and enacted. The complex interactions between diverse biophysical and socio-economic processes of change call for an integrated systems approach to not only understand these challenges, but also identify key opportunities. Combining knowledge streams across the natural and social sciences, accounting for the complexity of social-ecological interactions, are increasingly called for in mountain research as a response to this call.

However, this is easier said than done. Contrasting research objectives, methods, epistemological paradigms and evaluation criteria pose significant challenges for a sound integration between both. This may also be the case, when expectations to address societal challenges, leverage opportunities and co-design solutions are encouraged through transdisciplinary research. Moreover, it is not often clear, or made explicit, whether and how an integration between the natural and the social sciences contributes to “better” outcomes in terms of sustainable development, transformative capacity, and justice.

This symposium aims at offering a space to showcase research conducted in mountain areas that address these topics, discuss such challenges as well as identify emerging new avenues for research and collaboration among natural and social scientists dealing with global change issues in mountain regions. Contributions are welcome from all fields of study.


Contributions from all fields of study are welcome. The submission deadline is 30 August 2020 (symposium 27). 

See the official flyer here.

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