Upcoming Events-Newsflash of Mountain Research Initiative Oct 2011

Nov 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Events, Opportunities, Upcoming Events




The Alpine Convention Platform Water Management in the Alps announces the International Workshop on Sediment Transport, 16 December 2011, Vienna, Austria. Applications due by 20 November 2011: jakob.schrittwieser@lebensministerium.at

The Uplands Program at Hohenheim University is organizing a three day scientific conference Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas, 16–18 April 2012, Stuttgart, Germany. This sustainable mountain development conference will focus on knowledge that crosses scientific disciplines and combines insight from both social and natural sciences, and emphasize developing countries. Abstract submission deadline extended to 15 November 2011.



Science for the Carpathians (S4C) announces the Forum Carpaticum 2012: From data to knowledge, from knowledge to data, 30 May–2 June 2012, Stará Lesná, Slovakia. The Forum Carpaticum integrates expertise across a broad spectrum of disciplines from the natural and social sciences, as well as practical knowledge, to generate value for the Carpathian Mountain region. Abstract submission deadline, 31 December 2011.



The IAMO Forum 2012, Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions between Abandonment and Land Grabbing, will take place 20–22 June 2012, Halle (Saale), Germany. The session proposal deadline is 18 November 2011, while the mini-symposium and paper submission deadlines are 27 January 2012.



The National Centre of Competence in Research North-South announces the 3rd International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2012):Research for Global Transformation, 20–22 August 2012, Bern, Switzerland. The aim of the conference is to discuss development-oriented research conducted in North-South partnerships and to develop an agenda for research partnerships with developing and transition countries. The conference will take into account and critically review the outcomes of the Planet under Pressure conference (London in March 2012) and Rio+20 (Rio de Janeiro in June 2012), and discuss the consequences of these global events for research partnerships. Poster, presentation, and session proposal deadline, 31 January 2012.






At the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, the research group Torrents, Erosion and Landslides coordinates an SNSF project “Sediment transport measurements with geophone sensors” together with the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology of ETH Zürich, and is offering a research position in bedload transport measurements.






The following is a short list of major conferences scheduled through the end of 2012 at which research on global change in mountains will or ought to be presented. The list soon will be installed and regularly updated on MRI’s web site. In anticipation of that, here it is in the Newsflash.

The MRI community should make a strong effort to propose mountain-centric sessions and present mountain-centric papers at these conferences, as well as take advantage of meeting-associated MRI Key Contacts Workshops, which are networking opportunities that bring together mountain researchers to discuss and critique their research programs. Conferences listed here are hyperlinked to their meeting websites, where key dates for session proposals, and abstract and paper submission may be found.

n.b. MRI conducts Key Contacts Workshops at the yearly AGU and EGU meetings, and will do so at others among those listed here as well.


1)            International Conference on East African Mountains, 14–16 November 2011, Mbale, Uganda


2)            Managing Alpine Futures II, 21-23 November 2011, Innsbruck, Austria


3)            American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 5-9 December 2011, San Francisco, CA, USA
MRI Key Contact Workshop, 4 December 2011, UC Berkeley Faculty Club


4)            American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, 24-28 February 2012, New York, NY, USA. An MRI Key Contact Workshop is under development.


5)            Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards New Solutions, jointly organized by ESSP, DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP, 26-29 March 2012, London, UK. Abstract deadline extended to 16 September 2011. MRI Global Commission meeting, 24-25 March 2011.


6)            European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria
MRI Key Contact Workshop, 21 April 2012


7)            The Tenth International Conference on Permafrost (TICOP), 25–29 June 2012, Yamal-Nenets autonomous District, Salekhard, Russia.


8)            Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
MRI Key Contact Workshop, 4 August 2012


9)            International Geographical Congress, 26-30 August 2012, Cologne, Germany. The call for papers is open until 15 December 2011. MRI Key Contacts Workshop: 25 August 2012


10)         EcoSummit 2012, Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services 30 September–5 October, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Abstract submission deadline, 20 January 2012.


11)         International Conference on Mountain Environment and Development, 15-19 October 2012, Chengdu, China


12)         American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2012, San Francisco, CA, USA
An MRI Key Contact Workshop is planned.



You can contribute for inclusion in the November 2011 Newsflash to MRI by Monday, 18 November.


 Dr. Gregory Greenwood, Executive Director, MRI

Dr. Christopher Ritter, Communication and Event Manager

 The Mountain Research Initiative

c/o Institute of Geography, University of Bern

Erlachstrasse 9a Trakt 3 3012 Bern, Switzerland

+41 (0)31 631 51 41 




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