Virtual Symposium, 21-22 March 2017

Planting trees seems like sensible choice when it comes to mitigating climate change, but crucial aspects of the relationships between trees and climate have so far been overlooked in climate research, the new review Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world concludes. The authors suggest that the global conversation on trees, forests and climate needs to be turned on its head: the direct effects of trees on the climate via rainfall and cooling may be more important than the well-studied effects through the global carbon balance. Yet, current climate policy tends to focus on carbon.

Therefore, on the occasion of the International Day of Forests (21 March) and World Water Day (22 March), the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is hosting a virtual symposium on the linkages of forests, water and climate. For more information please read their blog.


21 March: 8am GMT – 11am GMT* Presentations and initial questions
22 March: 8am GMT – 11am GMT Discussion Forum (e.g. on policy implications)


* Places where physical meetings are planned to which you are invited.

Indonesia: 15:00-18:00 (WIB); Kenya: 11:00-14:00; W Europe: 9:00-12:00; UK: 8:00-11:00;
Americas: late night or very early morning depending on your timezone.

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Find out good pratises in Tirol in Switzerland related to rural activities

One Travel Award of 800 Swiss Francs will be granted to a postdoctoral fellow or PhD student to attend an international conference in June 1, 2017–May 30, 2018 by the open access journal Land.

Mountains 101­­ is a free interdisciplinary 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providing a comprehensive overview of Mountain Studies.  The course was developed by David Hik and Zac Robinson at the University of Alberta, in partnership with Parks Canada and the Alpine Club of Canada.

Makarius Lalika, a lecturer in the Department of Physical Sciences at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, is looking for collaborators from European Universities. 

The phD thesis "Urbanizing the Swiss Alps: densification strategies for mountain cities" by Fiona Pia received the award "Prix de la thèse EPFL".
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The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work in an international project (P³ - which includes partners from France, USA, China and Germany with multidisciplinary research expertise.

The 3rd thematically call of the r4d programme supports research on global issues in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is now open!

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