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UNESCO has launched a Global Consultation on Open Science with a view to developing a standard-setting instrument in the form of a Recommendation, to be adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2021. The World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council has been invited to contribute to this process. As a partner of the WDS, MRI is also encouraging its community of mountain experts to contribute to this process.

James Thornton joined the MRI coordination office in May 2020 as Scientific Project Officer to the GEO-GNOME project, which seeks to improve the availability and accessibility of environmental data in mountainous regions to the benefit of human societies globally. 

As part of its mission, the MRI provides funding contributions for synthesis workshops that bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research, policy and practitioner communities. The deadline for proposals for this year’s call is 3 July 2020.

The 18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2020 now invites abstracts for talks and posters pertaining to all aspects of Geosciences.

Deadline to submit is 21 August 2020.

Welcome to our new monthly round-up of new publications! Here you will find a weekly-updated list of relevant, newly published articles on mountain research that you won't want to miss this month. Do you know of an article that the mountain research community should know about? Send us suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The GEO BON Open Science Conference and All Hands Meeting 2020 calls for abstract submissions. 

Deadline to submit abstracts is 15 May 2020.

The Global Water Futures (GWF) PhD Excellence Scholarship is an entrance scholarship that is offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, have exceptional communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities, and at the time of application have not yet accepted or registered for a PhD program at University of Saskatchewan. 

Deadline to apply is 16 October, 2020.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announces the date for the external review of the draft scoping reports for the IPBES nexus and transformative change assessments / online meeting.

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