The annual Prix de Quervain is funded by the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research SKPH and the Commission for the Research Station on Jungfrauchjoch SKJF.  The application deadline has been extended to 31 May 2020.

It was previously thought that Swiss rivers temperature and discharge were relatively preserved from climate change. Using data from 52 catchments in Switzerland, researchers have recently discovered that the increasingly warm air is indeed causing the temperature of bodies of water to rise.

While some alpine catchments are  still preserved by cold water advection coming from snow and glacier melt, some evidences show that glacier disappearance will lead to an important rise of the temperature in these rivers.

Call for small grant proposals

Achieving the UN 2030 Agenda through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires, among other key considerations, the mobilisation of diverse knowledge, expertise, financial resources, and political will across scales - at the global, regional, national and local levels — to transform the economic, social, and environmental context towards a more sustainable future (United Nations, 2015).

On behalf of the international journal GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, Masters students are invited to apply for the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award which recognises research for important societal transformations and transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability science.

Glaciers are out of balance with present‐day climatic conditions. A state‐of‐the‐art computer model simulating the evolution of many glaciers now shows that the imbalance between glaciers in the European Alps and climatic conditions grew during the early 21st century, according to AGU100’s recent article ‘On the Imbalance and Response Time of Glaciers in the European Alps’ authored by Harry Zekollari and co-authored by Matthias Huss and Daniel Farinotti.

The Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research (SSAF) invites young researchers to apply for the ProMontesPrize (PMP) which recognises outstanding achievements towards the goal of safeguarding the future of the Alpine landscape. Deadline to apply is 31 March, 2020.

While there is no doubt regarding the highly erosive nature of glaciers and their ability to shape the Earth’s surface, establishing precise data-based parameters to measure this erosion in landscape evolution models has proved challenging.

According to University of Dundee Geoscientist Simon Cook, the empirical basis for the current model for measuring the rate of glacial erosion (as a function of glacier sliding velocity) is weak, and the assumption that climate controls erosion via sliding velocity also merits further empirical scrutiny.  

The University of Basel, the Swiss Academies of the Arts and Sciences, and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research have come together to develop a free massive open online course (MOOC) called 'Partnering for Change: Link Research to Societal Changes' offered on the online platform Future Learn.

This course will examine the principles, processes, and uses of transdisciplinarity in research to address societal changes. This course begins 30 March 2020. 

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