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annapurna 2376966 1280 200x150Abstract submission is now open for Mountains 2018, an exciting platform for knowledge exchange and discussion on the topic of sustainable development in mountain regions. 

Mountains 2018 takes place in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, 10-14 December, and will bring together international scholars, professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders involved with multiple aspects of the mountain world.

manali himalaya smallThe Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) Academy aims to provide opportunities for young researchers to engage in cross-disciplinary scholarship, and to foster a new generation of transformational leaders committed to mountain research.  

The HUC Academy 2018, 'Climate Science and Adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region – A Transdisciplinary Approach,' will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, 1–14 July 2018. 

avalanche 2518679 1280The international snow science community will gather in Innsbruck, Austria, 7-12 October to discuss topics such as avalanche forecasting, technological innovation, and snow risk strategies.

The International Snow Sciences Workshop (ISSW) will bring together 1,000 scientists, policy-makers, engineers, representatives from the tourism industry and forecasting services, and other stakeholders from all around the world together under the motto ‘A Merging of Theory and Practice.’ The event aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange on recent advances in snow science.

red clover flower 113867 640The Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) is performing a global survey of invasive plant species distributions along mountain trails - and they need your help!

MIREN is calling on mountain scientists worldwide to join them in their study of invasive plant species this summer. Through their global trail survey, MIREN hopes to study the spread of invasive plants along mountain trails in order to understand where and how quickly these species are traveling. They also aim to understand what defines a species' current limits along mountain trails in both their native and invasive range. 

Aino portraitDr. Aino Kulonen holds a Masters from the University of Helsinki, where she specialized in biogeography and arctic vegetation, and a PhD from the University of Bergen. In her PhD thesis, she studied patterns and drivers of floristic change on European mountain summits over the past 150 years. Aino is involved in several international networks collecting ecological data in mountains, and hopes to bring some of the experiences and mood from these collaborations to the MRI.

In Aino’s very first blog post for us, you can read her thoughts on the power of collaboration and about her role in the Summit Flora project exploring the link between climate warming and an increased richness in plant species on mountain summits - the results of which were recently published in the journal Nature.

glacier 530050 640Held in Dunhuang, China, 31 July to 1 August, this workshop will focus on existing capabilities to model and assess cryospheric changes, mitigation and adaptability strategies in a rapidly changing cryosphere, eco-social sustainability, and the role of the cryosphere in the Earth’s future.

The cryosphere plays an important role in regulating the climate and earth systems, especially through feedback impacting water, energy, and material flows. As a result, issues related to cryospheric changes have received increasing attention in recent years, leading to more research, including the effects of interactions among earth system components and the role of the cryosphere in constraining sustainable pathways of adaptation to change. 

clouds 3030063 1920This small grants program from the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research aims to link science and policy to achieve social-ecological sustainability and human welfare goals.

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), an intergovernmental organization composed of 19 Parties in the Americas, identifies adaptation to the impacts of global change as an issue of the highest relevance - and one which the region should address through scientific collaboration and transdisciplinary research.

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Are you a student interested in a career addressing climate and environmental changes in mountain regions? Then a Student Internship at GRID-Arendal could be an excellent opportunity.

For its internship programme in autumn 2018 and spring 2019, GRID-Arendal is looking for students with a range of interest areas, including climate change vulnerability and adaptation in polar and mountain environments. The full-time programme lasts from three to six months, and offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural international organization, gaining practical work experience and developing skills under the guidance of experts.

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