News brief from the MRI Office - September 2017

A warm welcome to our new staff at MRI

The MRI grows! We are pleased to announce that the MRI office is now joined by two new staff members, Ms Grace Goss-Durant and Mr Christoph Bacher. Grace has been appointed as the new MRI Communications Manager, a professional with strong editorial skills and a proven track record in project management, planning, and production of communications materials for a variety of publications and online channels. With degrees in environmental social sciences, climate change & sustainable development and a postgraduate degree in creative writing, Grace will oversee MRI’s new communications strategy and implementation of key communication products to showcase the MRI’s research community contributions to science in the mountains.

Christoph Bracher joins the MRI as Research Assistant. He holds a masters degree in environmental history and is currently completing a second masters degree in geography. At the MRI, he is contributing to research tasks related to MRI’s commitments under the Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change program, engaging with key MRI regional partners in assessing the state of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their application and relevance for mountain regions.

We look forward to working with both Grace and Christoph and jointly work towards this new phase at MRI – Welcome!

  
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Grace Goss-Durant
 

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Christoph Bracher



Ahead on the MRI agenda for mountain-related events in 2017

October:
1. First authors meeting for the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryospehere, Nadi, Fiji.
2. International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation’s (UIAA) General Assembly, Tehran, Iran.

November:
1. 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, Salzburg, Austria.
2. 15th Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2017 (SGM 2017), "Moving Boundaries", in Davos, Switzerland.

December:
1. ICIMOD's
International Conference on Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia.
2. MRI's Science Leadership Council meeting, Rome, Italy.
3. Mountain Partnership’s high-level conference on mountains “Mountains under Pressure”, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy.