eu 1232430 640Taking place in Brussels on 29 January 2018, a brokerage event may be of interest and relevance to members of the 'Science with and for Society' research community who are looking for networking and funding opportunities within Horizon 2020.

This brokerage event will provide detailed information from the European Commission on the first Horizon 2020 calls of the 'Science with and for Society' programme. It will also be an opportunity to get to know key R&D players, including researchers, NGO representatives, practitioners, and policy makers. The event offers participants the chance to attend 20 minute one-to-one meetings to foster effective networking, and to initiate cross-border contacts and co-operations, facilitating the set-up of Horizon 2020 project consortia.

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A new article from the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) reviews existing knowledge and knowledge gaps on mountain biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being under global change.

Published in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (Volume 29, December 2017), the article ‘Opportunities for Research on Mountain Biodiversity Under Global Change’ highlights that mountains worldwide host rich biodiversity, are home to hundreds of millions of people, and provide billions of upland and lowland inhabitants with vital ecosystem services. By altering mountain ecosystems and their biodiversity, global change modifies this picture substantially.

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Launching in January 2018, Nature Sustainability is a brand new, online only journal that will cover studies of sustainability issues, their policy dimensions, and possible solutions.

In order to help tackle the challenges that lie ahead, Nature Sustainability aims to provide integrated knowledge about the earth, and its social and technological systems. It is therefore calling for original research from a broad range of natural, social, and engineering fields. Submissions should inform policy and offer possible solutions to sustainability issues.

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An MRI-led side event at this year’s Mountain Partnership Global Meeting explores science and research for evidence-informed policy and action on the ground.

11 December is International Mountain Day. This year, it is not only a chance to celebrate these incredible landforms but also to highlight threats to them and to the people who live on and around them. Coinciding with International Mountain Day, the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting runs 11-13 December in Rome, and focuses on the theme ‘Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, and Migration.’ It aims to raise awareness of the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the center of international negotiations, policies, and investments.

mountain lakeForumAlpinum has issued a call for contributions to its 2018 edition exploring the topic 'Alpine Water - Common Good or Source of Conflicts?' 

Changing environmental and climatic conditions and growing demand for water will likely lead to conflicts in water use and water management in the Alps. Examining this issue, ForumAlpinum 2018 will take place 4-6 June in Breitenwang, Austria, and will identify hot spots of water use and management in the Alps, analyze conflicts, assess their relevance in a regional, national or international context, and discuss possible solutions. 

Mountain Flag JapanIn November, two MRI Science Leadership Council (SLC) members headed to Japan to attend key events on mountain science and disaster risk. 

Representing the MRI at the International Symposium on Mountain Sciences 2017 in Tsukuba, Japan, Prof. Dr. Jörg Balsiger gave a talk on the MRI's work and the way in which it is adapting to trends in mountain research and international mountain policy. In Tokyo, meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Irasema Alcántara-Ayala participated as co-chair at the 18th Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee Meeting. 

European CommissionThe European Commission is investing in new solutions to societal challenges and breakthrough innovation.

Last October, the European Commission announced that it will invest €30 billion of EU research and innovation funding in the Horizon 2020 programme during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. Over the next three years, the Commission hopes to increase the impact of its research funding by focusing on critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy, and digital economy, supporting the Commission's political priorities - all of which are topics relevant in the mountains context.

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A number of other conferences are calling for your participation and contributions.

Discover how you can get involved in The European Geosciences Union General Assembly, the 4th Sustainable Summits Conference, and Adaptation Futures 2018. 

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