We are glad to announce that a new director has been appointed to lead the MRI. Dr. Carolina Adler will take office at MRI in May 2017.

carolina 100 With Carolina Adler, the MRI has chosen a director with outstanding achievements in the field of public policy, winning the Harold D. Lasswell prize for policy research in mountain regions, amongst others.

She is currently working as Research Fellow at the ETH Zurich in the Environmental Philosophy Group and Transdisciplinarity Lab, both at the Department of Environmental Systems Science. Carolina earned her PhD at Monash University (Australia), focusing on climate impacts, values, vulnerability, and adaptation using policy sciences. The significance of her work to policy applications was demonstrated by an invitation to join the Society for Policy Scientists in the USA, in which she was recently voted into its Executive Council.

A Geographer and Environmental Scientist by training, Carolina’s pragmatic research interests and activities centre on problems of policy relevance, focusing on the effects and challenges of global change in society. Her current research collaborations and consulting activities address climate change adaptation, vulnerability and resilience, the use of scientific evidence in policy, and co-production of knowledge. Other interests include: the role of public opinion in shaping policy processes, adaptive governance, decision-making under uncertainty, systemic reviews/assessments/evaluations, adventure tourism and recreation in mountain regions, and inter- transdisciplinary collaborations.
Dr. Adler has been a member of the MRI since her PhD years between 2007-2010, actively participating at various events within the European and Latin American networks, as well as contributing to the more recent MRI project on Assessing Sustainable Mountain Development. Carolina also brings many relevant networks and existing collaborations to her role as MRI Director, including Future Earth, ISSC and ICSU, among others. Other relevant connections to practice and the public and private sectors, includes her work as current President of the Mountain Protection Commission of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (the UIAA), also based in Bern Switzerland. carolina 200

We wish Dr. Adler a most successful start in her new role at the MRI!

A new report looks at the growing issue of waste in the world’s mountain regions. Launched by GRID-Arendal, the International Solid Waste Management Association and the United Nations Environment Programme on 11 December, International Mountain Day, “Waste management Outlook for Mountain Regions - Sources and solutions” highlights both the challenges and the solutions for sound waste management in mountain regions.

Are you doing research on African mountains, considering it, or just interested in the topic?

Mt Kilimanjaro

Then the Kilimanjaro Mountain Research Conference is a great chance for you!

The Conference theme will be "African mountain ecosystems under global change. Linking biodiversity, biotic interactions and biogeochemical ecosystem processes."

Seize the opportunity to submit abstracts until 15th February!
Register and submit online at

The Conference will take place on 22-26 February 2017 in Moshi, Tanzania.
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Highlight the importance of mountain research within the next Work Programmes of Horizon 2020.

The European Commission has launched a public stakeholder consultation on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The questionnaire can be used to submit comments and positions on Horizon 2020 implementation issues as well as on aspects for future (European) research orientations until 15 January 2017.

Seize this opportunity to highlight the importance of mountain research within the next Work Programmes of Horizon 2020 and assess organizational aspects of the current Framework Programme. You could and should link your position and assessment to our input document with regard to the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes, published in the Strategic Research Agenda "Mountains for Europe's future".

Last, there is an opportunity to upload a position paper for the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020.
Feel free to refer to our Strategic Research Agenda "Mountains for Europe's future".

Click to download the SRA_Mountains4EuropesFuture.270KB.pdf

Further information:

Questionnaire (20 min):

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Evgenia Tsianou

MRI Europe Communications & Project Manager

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fuji The Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics at Mountain Sites (ACPM2017) will be held in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan from November 7 to 10 in 2017. The city of Gotemba is located in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, near the base of the majestic Mt. Fuji. Gotemba is an ideal spot for sightseeing areas around the mountain, including Fuji-Goko (Fuji five lakes) and Hakone.

Deadline for Abstract Submission : March 1, 2017

Find more information at the ACPM website

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