The MRI provides funding contributions annually for synthesis workshops that bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research community, with the objective of producing synthesis products such as articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals or the compilation of relevant data into publishable databases. 

Call for MRI Synthesis Workshops 2022

Celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development

As a contribution to the observance of the UN-proclaimed International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development in 2022 (IYM2022), the Mountain Research Initiative is dedicating its 2022 call for MRI Synthesis Workshops to encourage the mountain research community in connecting through synthesis activities and contribute to addressing some of the most pressing and persistent knowledge needs of science, policy, practice and society at large that link to the objectives of the IYM2022, and which fall within the general scope of synthesis of global change research in mountain regions. Proponents may also consider workshops that take a ‘horizon scanning’ foresight approach to anticipate and address key questions that respond to knowledge needs or that have explicit policy and/or societal relevance.

The submission deadline was 30 September 2022 and we thank those who submitted proposals! Submissions are now under review and we will announce the synthesis workshops granted under this call in December 2022.

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MRI-Funded Synthesis Workshops 2012 to Present


Mapping mountain vegetation from above using very-high-resolution remote sensing: Challenges in global data access and image classification

Nishtha PrakashJohanna Toivonen de Gonzales, and Maaike Bader (Philipps University, Marburg, Germany).

Prakash and colleagues will convene a diverse and interdisciplinary workshop in which to look into both elevational shifts of vegetation bands and local shifts of vegetation patches using very-high-resolution remote sensing (i.e., with spatial resolutions < 0.5 m), in particular in the fine-grained alpine vegetation above the closed forest. The workshop will seek to address two specific challenges that the use of EO prospects face: the availability of and access to these data, and the analysis of the images in terms of recognising and delineating specific and diverse vegetation types. The workshop is expected to make contributions to the Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO Mountains), whilst also fostering a community-of-practice and building capacity and expertise in the use of EO resources for application in mountain-specific settings and knowledge needs.

The workshop will take place 17-23 July 2022 at the Georg-von-Vollmar Akademie*, Kochel am See, Bayern, Germany. Interested participants are invited to apply by 15 March 2022.

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Building a regional network to study carbon dynamics in cushion peatlands along the Andes

Mary Carolina García Lino (University of Halle, Germany & Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia), Alejandra Domic (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Isabell Hensen (University of Halle, Germany), and Arely N. Palabral Aguilera (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia).

Given how peatlands are one of the largest terrestrial stores of carbon (C), and peatlands changing from C sinks to C sources is becoming increasingly relevant under conditions of climate change, García and colleagues will convene a workshop in which to discuss and account for the state of knowledge on C dynamics, specifically in less-known cushion peatlands along the entire length of the Andes. Through this workshop, they seek to develop a standardized methodology to study the C dynamics of these peatlands in a globally-relevant, comparable, and feasible way, whilst also engaging with social scientists and humanities experts and local practitioners to look at the broader social context in which conservation and management practices also play a role on these C dynamics. Furthermore, the network will seek to provide pertinent inputs to the monitoring practices needed to inform conservation and the restoration efforts of these ecosystems. The workshop is expected to take place in Bolivia towards the second half of 2022. 


Renewable Energy Transitions: A Comparative Assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Andes, and Alps

7-9 April 2021 | Online | Organizers: Christopher Scott, Chi Huyen Truong
Aim: To synthesize current understanding and address future challenges related to energy transitions in mountain regions with an emphasis on renewable energy in the context of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Andes, and Alps.
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Transformative Adaptation to Climate Change in African Mountains

2020-2022 | Fieldwork and Case Studies| Organizers: Aida Cuni-Sanchez, Noelia Zafra Calvo, and Beth Kaplin
Aim: To synthesize climate change adaptation strategies used in African mountain systems as well as to identify barriers and enabling factors that affect transformative adaptation to climatic changes in African mountains. 


Towards a Mountain Resilience Report: Regenerating Mountain Systems by Systemic Innovation

13 September 2019 | Innsbruck, Austria | Organizers: Tobias Luthe, Romano Wyss
Aim: The development of the 2021/2022 Mountain Resilience Report
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Contribution of Long-Term Social-Ecological Research Programs in mountains to global policy agendas and UN Conventions

1-4 October 2019 | Champex-Lac, Switzerland | Organizers: Christoph Randin, Davnah Payne
Aim: To deliver a synthesis of how mountain LTSER currently support global policy agendas and UN conventions, and how their contribution could be improved and strengthened in the future.
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Transformative Change as a Response to Climate Change in Mountain Social-Ecological Systems

2-3 September 2019 | Organizers: Ignacio Palomo, Sandra Lavorel, and Bruno Locatelli
Aim: To synthesize the information on climate change related Nature Based Solutions (NBS) in mountains, and evaluate their potential to produce transformative change.
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WEATHER: a scientific approach in Water sEcurity and climATe cHange adaptation in pEruvian glacieRs

16-17 August 2019 | Lima, Peru | Organizers: Jorge Abad Cueva, Pedro Rau Lavado, Duncan Quincey, and Wouter Buytaert
Aim: To provide input into the formulation of a national policy for glaciers and mountain ecosystems in Peru, in collaboration with INAIGEM and the Peruvian Ministry of Environment, and building further links between the private sector and academia.
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Alpine-treeline Spatial Pattern as an Indicator for Climate Change Responses: Laying the Theoretical Foundation for a Global Treeline Monitoring Network

31 August - 5 September 2017 | Jaca, Spain | Organizers: Maaike Bader
Aim: To discuss how global variation in spatial patterns at treelines from the subarctic to the tropics can be captured, quantified, and used to predict dynamics at different treeline sites.

Land Use/Cover Change in the Tropical Andes During the 21st Century: Patterns, Drivers, Future Scenarios, and Research Agenda

27-29 September 2017 | Quito, Ecuador | Organizer: Ricardo Grau
Aim: To explore patterns, future scenarios, and research agendas related to land cover and land use change in the Tropical Andes, culminating in this article 'Woody Vegetation Dynamics in the Tropical and Subtropical Andes from 2001 to 2014: Satellite Image Interpretation and Expert Validation' published in Global Change Biology
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Qualities, Vulnerabilities, and Management of Ecosystem Services in Mountain Regions Worldwide

11-14 September 2012 | Emmental, Switzerland | Organizers: Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, Sandra Lavorel, and Ariane Walz

Building Resilience of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems to Global Change

20-25 May 2012 | Estes Park, Colorado, USA | Organizer: Julia Klein
Outputs: Klein, J.A. et al. "Catalyzing Transformations to Sustainability in the World's Mountains." Earth's Future (2019):, J.A. et al. "An integrated community and ecosystem-based approach to disaster risk reduction in mountain systems." Environmental Science & Policy  (2019):
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Supported By

MRI's financial contribution support for synthesis workshops in 2019-2023 is made available thanks to the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein.


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