Our Activities

Our activities connect researchers in mountain-related fields in natural and social sciences and humanities, as well as practitioners and broader society, helping to address shared research goals and knowledge needs. Enabling coproduction of knowledge, empowering the next generation of researchers, and facilitating diverse participation are key considerations for all our activities.

The MRI distinguishes between Flagship and Community-Led Activities:

Flagship Activities

Flagship Activities are those activities predominantly led by the MRI Coordination Office, with vital contributions from the MRI network.

Community-Led Activities

Community-Led Activities are those activities are primarily led by researchers, with the MRI Coordination Office supporting administration and communications.

Our Guiding Principles

Three principles guide how we implement our activities:

1. Mountains Are Unique Social-Ecological Systems

The MRI’s focus on mountains as social-ecological systems is interdisciplinary, and seeks to understand both the function of individual system elements and the cumulative effects of their interaction.

2. The Diversity Within the Mountain Research Community Is an Asset

The MRI values the diversity present within the mountain research community in terms of knowledge, discipline, culture, generation, and gender. The MRI also seeks to facilitate interaction between researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds in order to create networks that can accomplish more than individual researchers can achieve on their own.

3. Knowledge Is Shared To Fulfil an Important Social Role

The MRI views research as a social process, valuing knowledge for its role in driving action and sustainability in mountain regions, including diverse forms beyond scientific research. Collaborations with local, regional, and thematic networks enhance data synthesis and promote sustainable solutions, while also fostering exchange opportunities between researchers in different mountain regions, including South-South collaborations, crucial for both global data needs and local capacity building.