khor virap 1781518 1280 thumbDesigned to be a meeting place for scientists, policymakers, and practitioners from the Caucasus region and beyond, the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2018 will serve as a basis for shaping the region’s sustainable future. Contributions are invited on a variety of topics related to sustainable mountain development and the Caucasus Research Agenda, and must be submitted by 30 June.

One of the main goals of the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2018 – held in Ankara, Turkey, from 31 October to 2 November 2018 – is to formally approve the Caucasus Research Agenda. Accordingly, this year’s theme 'The Caucasus Research Agenda – A Key to Sustainable Regional Development' encompasses the subject areas covered in the Research Agenda, with a focus on identifying the current state of knowledge in the Caucasus region, key challenges and opportunities, and priority gaps for scientific research and development.

highland cattle thumbThe University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland is offering a scholarship to cover the tuition fees for its MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development. Application deadline is 31 May. 

The MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development at UHI is an online, part-time interdisciplinary programme with exit awards at Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), and MSc levels. The programme offers advanced theory and practice to give students a clear understanding of the complex issues of mountain areas.

pietrele doamnei thumbThe conference will cover a wide range of topics related to sustainability in the Carpathians, including land cover and land-use change, renewable energy, and climate change vulnerability. Abstracts must be submitted no later than 30 May 2018.

The Forum Carpaticum is an open meeting of the Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative that occurs every two years. Taking place in Eger, Hungary, 15-18 October 2018, the 5th Forum Carpaticum will encompass a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines from the natural and social sciences and aims to advance science-based solutions to pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges. 

crow IPBES assessmentsThe Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites experts to register to review its global assessment. 

The IPBES assessment will be the first global snapshot of the condition of the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems in more than a decade, since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 

landscape 1586590 1920The European Geosciences Union General Assembly took place earlier this month, bringing over 15,000 scientists from across the world together in Vienna. Of the sessions convened, over 100 had a mountain focus - including 'Mountain Climates: Processes, Change, and Related Impacts' co-coordinated by the MRI.   

The annual European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly is Europe's largest and most prominent geosciences event, attracting scientists from all over the world. 

March 2018 marked a significant Swiss anniversary: 30 years since the launch of project HADES. But although a name shared with the Greek god of the underworld might evoke images of darkness and death, HADES is all about shedding light on a substance essential to life: water.

HADES, the Hydrologischen Atlas der Schweiz, is a comprehensive scientific reference tool mapping and collating data on water in Switzerland. The result of a huge collaborative effort by Swiss hydrologists, HADES was launched by the Swiss government in 1988 as a means of providing essential information for water conservation and management. The original idea, however, was first developed by MRI Chair Prof. Dr. Rolf Weingartner two years earlier as part of his PhD thesis – and he continues to lead the project three decades on.

mountain lakeThis year's Mountain Climate Conference theme is 'Anticipating Climate Change Impacts in Mountains: Embracing Variability.' Abstract submission is open until 2 July 2018. 

Taking place in Colorado, USA, 17-21 September, the 2018 Mountain Climate Conference will explore topics at the intersection of climate and other scientific disciplines, including hydrology, ecology, and glaciology. The event will include oral and poster presentations from preeminent keynote speakers, while also highlighting exceptional early-career scientists. It also aims to provide forums for resource managers, and integrate undergraduate and graduate students into the professional community.

SNAPP announcement SmallThe Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is inviting funding proposals for interdisciplinary teams to develop evidence-based solutions to the most critical challenges facing humans and the planet - and the MRI is offering its support.

For 2018, SNAPP has announced a request for proposals to convene interdisciplinary working groups of 12-18 people from diverse organizations. With support from SNAPP funding, these 'Science to Solutions' teams will meet for a number of collaborative sessions (lasting 3-5 days each) over the course of 18-24 months in order to deliver rapid solutions to challenges at the intersection of nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being.

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