MRI News

11-12 September, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Climate change has global causes and effects. This conference addresses growing challenges and their consequences for fragile environments both in the high latitudes and high altitudes, focusing on the polar regions and the Alps. It brings together researches from natural and social sciences to facilitate dialogue among experts with the aim of comparing observations from these regions, tracing causal chains, and connecting the global and local scales of analysis. Problem-based issues such as biodiversity, urbanization, permafrost, health and risk management, structure the conference workshops.

The conference’s emphasis on links between local and global processes, as well as its interdisciplinary approach, also enable the promotion of academic and public awareness on the climate change mechanisms impacting familiar and distant locations.

Read more: High Altitudes meet High Latitudes: Globalizing Polar Issues

Dr Ian Little from the South African Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), seen below receiving his Whitley award from HRM Princess Ann, was one of the prestigious winners this year for his determined efforts to protect grasslands in South Africa. Ian is one of six individuals to have been awarded a share of the prize money worth £210,000, winning the Whitley Award donated by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Read more: A South African conservationist is one of six winners of the 2017 Whitley Conservation Award

For any researcher, fieldwork is resource-intensive and, depending on the subject, may involve safety concerns. For ecologists, this often depends on the species under scrutiny. Many species are difficult, time-consuming and dangerous to observe, and well-trained fieldworkers expensive to employ. “Ecology would be much easier if we had better ways of observing species, and images taken by amateur and professional photographers, if geo-referenced, could be a rich source of ecological information,” says Thami Nkwanyane, communications officer for the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Read more: South African App could make citizen science so much more effective

201707 afromont migration science
A special edition on human migration, a topic of current significance.
This article is part of a special pack on human migration, featured by Science. See

Migration - the choices we face
Hassan et al (2017). Migration - the choices we face. Science. 19 May 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6339, pp. 667. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5965


Read more: Migration - the choices we face

The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) promotes and coordinates global change research in mountain regions, and to achieve this goal, we are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled Communications Manager to join our team at the MRI’s Coordination Office, located at the University of Bern.
Download this file (MRI_communications_position2017.pdf)Download job advert [ ]341 kB

Read more: Position Vacant: Communications Manager (50%)

As part of its continuing education program, the University of Geneva proposes a new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) called «Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment» in English. The instructor-led teachings will take place as a Geneva summer school from 4 to 15 September 2017. 

Several tools, thematics and hands-on exercises covering GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Geoprocessing, Geostatistics, Species Distribution Modeling, Soil and Water Assessment as well as Ecosystem Services Assessment will be presented, giving attendees an expertise or consolidated knowledge in geomatics and environmental fields. More details in the attachements…

Read more: CAS: Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment

  1. México, programa de becas del Instituto de Innovación y Competitividad de Chihuahua y el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Conacyt)
  2. Programa de Becas de Posgrado para Indígenas
  3. Concurso de Google ofrece becas de apoyo económico para proyectos de investigación
  4. México, Sedesol abre convocatoria para proyectos sociales