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Winter MountainAn MRI-led side event at this year’s Mountain Partnership Global Meeting explores science and research for evidence-informed policy and action on the ground.

11 December is International Mountain Day. This year, it is not only a chance to celebrate these incredible landforms but also to highlight threats to them and to the people who live on and around them. Coinciding with International Mountain Day, the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting runs 11-13 December in Rome, and focuses on the theme ‘Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, and Migration.’ It aims to raise awareness of the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the center of international negotiations, policies, and investments.

Read more: Coming Together for Mountains Under Pressure: MRI at the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

mountain lakeForumAlpinum has issued a call for contributions to its 2018 edition exploring the topic 'Alpine Water - Common Good or Source of Conflicts?' 

Changing environmental and climatic conditions and growing demand for water will likely lead to conflicts in water use and water management in the Alps. Examining this issue, ForumAlpinum 2018 will take place 4-6 June in Breitenwang, Austria, and will identify hot spots of water use and management in the Alps, analyze conflicts, assess their relevance in a regional, national or international context, and discuss possible solutions. 

Read more: ForumAlpinum 2018 | Call for Contributions

Mountain Flag JapanIn November, two MRI Science Leadership Council (SLC) members headed to Japan to attend key events on mountain science and disaster risk. 

Representing the MRI at the International Symposium on Mountain Sciences 2017 in Tsukuba, Japan, Prof. Dr. Jörg Balsiger gave a talk on the MRI's work and the way in which it is adapting to trends in mountain research and international mountain policy. In Tokyo, meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Irasema Alcántara-Ayala participated as co-chair at the 18th Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee Meeting. 

Read more: MRI in Japan | SLC Members Fly the Flag for Mountains

European CommissionThe European Commission is investing in new solutions to societal challenges and breakthrough innovation.

Last October, the European Commission announced that it will invest €30 billion of EU research and innovation funding in the Horizon 2020 programme during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. Over the next three years, the Commission hopes to increase the impact of its research funding by focusing on critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy, and digital economy, supporting the Commission's political priorities - all of which are topics relevant in the mountains context.

Read more: Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for 2018-2020

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A number of other conferences are calling for your participation and contributions.

Discover how you can get involved in The European Geosciences Union General Assembly, the 4th Sustainable Summits Conference, and Adaptation Futures 2018. 

Read more: Call for Abstracts, Sessions, and Registrations | Other Conferences

AfroMont Mountain Research and News Digest, November 2017

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AfroMont, a knowledge sharing platform, was initiated in 2007 by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) to focus research attention on the diverse issues and challenges facing the mountainous regions of sub-Saharan Africa. AfroMont is an online media platform, now with ten years of activities, all with a focus on Africa mountain research and Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) in African countries. We follow advances in African mountain research and issues including news and specialized opinion articles covering all aspects of global change in mountains.

AfroMont now has a Facebook page, see

Read the full AfroMont News Digest here!

Photo credit: Mountain formation in the Angolan Plateau (internet source)

Read more: Africa - November 2017

8 - 9 February 2018, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

INARCH, a global collaborative research initiative in mountain hydrology, will be holding its third annual workshop at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS), and will provide an opportunity for scientists to explore and discuss those specific issues in mountain snow and ice hydrology highlighted in the inaugural INARCH workshop in Kananaskis in October 2015 and during the course of the second annual workshop in Grenoble in 2016.

The deadline for registration is 15 December 2015. 

Read more: Last Chance to Register | INARCH Workshop