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Last week marked the first event in the MRI Anniversary Lecture Series, celebrating 20 years since the MRI Coordination Office was founded in 2001. This series aims to showcase MRI synthesis workshop research and build capacity in the mountain research community.

An article published in the journal Mountain Research and Development outlines key insights into mountain studies programs around the world and their potential to contribute to sustainable mountain development – the results of a survey carried out in the context of a Mountain Research Initiative project initiated in the MRI Science Leadership Council.

Learning and teaching about mountains has a long history. But to what extent, if at all, can mountain studies contribute to sustainable mountain development? A recent article published in the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) outlines the results of a study of education programs for sustainable mountain development, carried out in the context of the MRI’s Education for Sustainable Mountain Development (ESMD) Working Group.

Despite the challenges of 2020, and 2021 so far, the five MRI Working Groups have exciting updates to report!

The MRI Working Groups are community-led activities aligned with the MRI’s objectives. They provide platforms for discussion, exchange, and research.

The Working Groups are open to the community, and welcome MRI network members to participate in their activities—especially early career researchers! Please contact the Working Group Leads listed below to get involved.

The MRI Expert Database has served as a useful tool for connection and collaboration for the mountain research community for many years. It comprises thousands of profiles of people involved in mountain research, management, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and the private sector.

The new MRI Expert Database builds on the strong foundations that were already in place, while offering updated features such as improved search functionality and data privacy.

As part of our commitment to support our research community to advance key research questions relevant for knowledge on social-ecological systems in mountains, the MRI funds MRI Synthesis Workshops

These workshops 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 datasets or databases. For the 2020 call, the MRI Coordination Office received 13 proposals that met the conditions for funding support, from which two were selected. Due to the complex situation around the COVID-19 pandemic for much of 2020, the first of these Synthesis Workshops will take place online in 2021. 

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), PAst Global ChangES Early-Career Network (PAGES-ECN), Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN), and Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community successfully organized the group review of the Second Order Draft (SOD) of Working Group II (WGII) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) by early career scientists.

As announced in December 2020, MRI Executive Director Dr. Carolina Adler is now editor of the MountainMedia section of the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD)

Early in 2020, a call for proposals as part of the MRI Synthesis Workshops seed funding programme was issued. A total of 13 proposals fulfilled the requirements for further consideration. Of these, two proposals were selected. The first addresses renewable energy transitions in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Andes, and European Alps. The second focuses on climate change adaptation in Africa.

As part of our commitment to support our research community to advance key research questions relevant for knowledge on social-ecological systems in mountains, the MRI continues to make small grants available for MRI Synthesis Workshops. Together with MRI Working Groups, these workshops are part of current MRI Community-Led Activities, which are those activities led primarily by researchers and supported by the MRI Coordination Office through seed funding, and administrative and communications assistance.

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