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Responding to environmental changes and maintaining high quality of life in the Alps.

Research and innovation are key elements for promoting sustainable development in the Alps. Young academics play a crucial role in this, helping to shape the future of the Alps. The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention recognises this role by awarding outstanding master theses carried out on relevant Alpine topics.

The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) was so pleased to be invited to participate at the proceedings of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves Secretariat workshop, and to be a part of the work plan that was designed and discussed in Spain.

In this course, you’ll explore how to meet the challenges of conducting effective transdisciplinary research. You’ll gain insights into a variety of case studies from different fields as you learn from the experiences of peers and experts. You’ll investigate the principles, processes, and uses of transdisciplinarity.

On 20 March 2023, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its AR6 Synthesis Report, which emphasizes the need for urgent action to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is launching an open call for nominations to its Scientific Steering Group (SSG) for the period 2024 – 2027. Nominate by 31 March 2023.

The WCRP Academy aims to equip current and future climate scientists with the knowledge, skills, and attributes required to tackle the world’s most pressing and challenging climate research questions. As part of this, they have launched a second global stocktake of training needs – and they need your input! Survey deadline 17 February 2023.

In the words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference had the “urgent task of making peace with nature.”

Mountains are home to more than 85% of the world’s amphibian, bird and mammal species. Lowland slopes are rich in animal and plant species. And rugged, high-elevation environments, although lacking such biological diversity, play a key role in maintaining biodiversity in the wider mountain catchment area.

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