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UNCCD Call for Experts The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is inviting experts to apply to become members and observers of its Science-Policy Interface (SPI).

Established in 2013, the SPI aims to promote dialogue between scientists and policy-makers on desertification, land degradation, and drought - all of which pose a severe threat to mountain regions. 

Applications close 4 December 2017.

The journal Regional Environmental Change has published a special issue focusing on the topic 'Current practices and challenges for modelling past and future land use and land cover changes in mountainous regions.' 

This special issue of  Regional Environmental Change (Volume 17, Issue 8, December 2017) features many papers presented at the 2015 'Mountains of Our Future Earth' conference in Perth, Scotland, and was guest edited by Jacek Kozak, Urs Gimmi, Thomas Houet, and Janine Bolliger.

 

Thinking Mountains 2018

Thinking Mountains is a triennial interdisciplinary mountain studies summit that promotes dialogue about mountain places, peoples, and activities. 

Thinking Mountains 2018 will take place in the heart of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, 2-5 October, and submissions for sessions, papers, posters, and side meetings are now invited. The summit will provide opportunities to meet established authors, researchers, and experts in mountain studies, along with those who are new to the field. 


HORIZON 2020 FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2018-2020

European CommissionLast 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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FORUMALPINUM 2018 | CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
 
mountain lakeForumAlpinum has issued a call for contributions to its 2018 edition exploring the topic 'Alpine Water - Common Good or Source of Conflicts?' Proposals are invited from science, administration, and practice for workshops, poster presentations, and other formats that present projects on the current or future use and management of Alpine water. 

Proposals must be submitted in English by 10th January 2018. 

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MRI November Newsletter briefNovember saw the MRI engaging with many partners, stakeholders, and collaborators, including international scientific networks such as Future Earth and existing and new regional hubs for mountain research. 

Fruitful engagement and progress has been achieved in terms of establishing collaborations with international organisations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID Arendal's Polar and Mountain Environments Programme. 

afromontane ufsThe Afromontane Research Unit (ARU) is announcing a call for postgraduate students at all levels of study (Honours, Masters and Doctoral). The ARU is looking for outstanding students to contribute to vital new research on ecosystems and people of the Maluti-Drakensberg mountains.

Postgraduate studies in mountain development span a range of topics, across the faculties of Education, Humanities, Natural & Agricultural Sciences, and Economics & Business Management. Importantly, this call for postgraduate applications is not simply restricted to a specific disciplinary focus – much of the research done at the ARU combines social and natural sciences, giving students experience in trans- and multidisciplinary research, with more than one method of knowledge production.


11 - 16 June 2018, Longyearbyen, Svalbard.


As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organizing an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to training the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data for science and applications.


wind farm 200x150The GSDR is being drafted by an independent group of scientists (IGS), supported by a task team of six UN-system agencies. As part of its outreach efforts, the IGS is soliciting inputs from a diverse group of scientific and non-scientific communities. 


Contributions are sought in four major areas:
  • Interactions among Sustainable Development Goals and their targets
  • Transformation pathways towards sustainable development
  • Looking beyond the SDGs (major issues identified by research which are not explicitly taken into account in the SDGs)
  • The role of science for sustainable development.

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