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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. 

8 - 9 February 2018, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

INARCH, a global collaborative research initiative in mountain hydrology, will be holding its third annual workshop at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS), and will provide an opportunity for scientists to explore and discuss those specific issues in mountain snow and ice hydrology highlighted in the inaugural INARCH workshop in Kananaskis in October 2015 and during the course of the second annual workshop in Grenoble in 2016.

The deadline for registration is 15 December 2015. 

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The international, peer-reviewed journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD), in collaboration with MRI, has issued a call for papers for a focus issue on 'Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Mountains.'

Through this focus issue, MRD and MRI aim to present systematically assessed novel practices and well-researched insights into the implications of climate change, while also contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report.

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Why do citizens collaborate? What is their motivation to volunteer? Are they developing a deeper interest and engagement in science?

These and other questions will be at the heart of the Second International European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) Conference 2018, which will take place 3-6 June in Geneva, Switzerland. Submissions for session proposals are open until 10 January 2018. 

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November saw a number of important developments related to the global assessments. 
 
Earlier this month, a call was issued for review and synthesis papers on climate change adaptation for the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC (AR6). Preparations are underway in Geneva for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Global Risk Assessment in 2019, and calls for contributions on indigenous and local knowledge are still open for the IPBES Global Assessment effort.
 
 

GLF Youth Ambassador ProgramThe Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) invites early career researchers to participate in its innovative social media outreach mentoring and internship project.

The GLF aims to accelerate action towards the creation of more resilient, equitable, profitable, productive, and healthy landscapes, and towards the achievement of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030).

As part of this, it has developed its Youth Ambassador Program, which is open to students or young professionals up to the age of 35 who are eager to learn more about online/social media and are interested, working in, or studying agriculture, environment, or sustainable development. All participants will be closely involved in supporting online media outreach for the GLF, while working in different languages and using a variety of tools and platforms.

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