When: 25 April 2016, from 12.00 to 18.00 (participants can attend any or all parts of the event)
Where: Scotland House Conference Centre, Rond-point Robert Schuman, Brussels
What: "Mountains for Europe‘s Future" is an initiative leading to a Strategic Research Agenda to promote the inclusion of specific mountain topics in the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2018-20 or other strategic documents.

Join the event to:
•    Find the mountains in Brussels as part of a short guided tour, and learn where and how mountains are present, even in Brussels!
•    Discuss the Strategic Research Agenda ‘Mountains for Europe’s Future’ and its recommended research activities with the authors and with discussants from EU institutions and relevant European organisations in a Roundtable;
•    Network with scientists, regional and national representatives, and members of authorities interested in promoting mountain research.

For whom
•    Horizon2020 Programme Committee Delegates
•    Members of Horizon 2020 Expert and Advisory Groups
•    European Commission officials
•    Members of the European Parliament dealing with mountain regions or research funding
•    Permanent Representations and Missions of mountainous countries
•    Regional representatives in Brussels
•    Other organisations interested in making the case for mountain research

Registration is now open!
Website: http://www.chat-mountainalliance.eu/en/events/18-events/106-mountains-for-europe-future-the-event.html

Contact: Claudia Drexler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


eLTER H2020 is a major project that will help advance the development of European Long-Term Ecosystem Research infrastructures.
The overall aim of the eLTER H2020 project is to advance the European network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research sites and socio-ecological research platforms to provide highest quality services for multiple use of a distributed research infrastructure.
To achieve this, the LTER-Europe network and the European Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) community will collaborate in eLTER H2020. During the project, 162 sites in 22 countries will provide data on long-term trends in environmental change. Test cases using these data will address a range of environmental and social issues to push innovation in network level services and steer conceptual developments.

Transnational Access
Funded research visits to 18 European ecosystem research sites.
eLTER offers in-person (physical) Transnational Access (TA) to 18 well-equipped, long-term ecosystem research sites across major European socioeconomic and environmental gradients in 17 countries. The 18 sites have been carefully selected so as to be most attractive to prospective users in terms of their natural setting, the available instrumentation and installations, existing long-term data, and the related IT infrastructure. The host organisations of all 18 sites are participants of the eLTER project.

The eLTER TA scheme is aimed at:
•    Scientific users, particularly the new generation of ecological and socio-ecological scientists, including students
•    SMEs and larger industries interested in relevant technological developments
•    Other stakeholders interested in data and other services provided by eLTER H2020.



 Link: http://www.lter-europe.net/elter/ta


The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) invites the submission of pre-proposals for Synthesis Workshops. The 4-6 selected workshops will be implemented in MRI's next grant period from October 2016 to September 2019.

What is a Synthesis Workshop
A Synthesis Workshop typically results in at a minimum the publication of a synthesis paper for a specific topic. The workshop itself consists of one multi-day meeting of a group of leading experts in a specific field. MRI can contribute up to 15'000 CHF as seed money toward the cost of the facility rental, experts' travel expenses, food and accommodation. The proponents are expected to find additional funding as needed to cover the full budget of the Workshop.


What topics are covered?
MRI is interested in research examining various aspects of social-ecological systems in mountain regions under global change.

We are specifically looking for proposals addressing those Future Earth Focal Challenges that were clearly identified as gaps in the synthesis of the "Mountains of Our Common Future" Conference in October 2015.

    2: Decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate by promoting the technological, economic, social, political and behavioural changes enabling transformations, while building knowledge about the impacts of climate change and adaptation responses for people and ecosystems.
    4: Build healthy, resilient and productive cities by identifying and shaping innovations that combine better urban environments and lives with declining resource footprints, and provide efficient services and infrastructures that are robust to disasters.
    6: Improve human health by elucidating, and finding responses to, the complex interactions amongst environmental change, pollution, pathogens, disease vectors, ecosystem services, and people’s livelihoods, nutrition and well-being.
    7: Encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns that are equitable by understanding the social and environmental impacts of consumption of all resources, opportunities for decoupling resource use from growth in well-being, and options for sustainable development pathways and related changes in human behaviour.

It is NOT essential that proposals address any these topics. We will consider proposals on other aspects of social-ecological systems in mountain regions under global change global change in mountain regions provided that they are well justified.

29 January: deadline for pre-proposals.
19 February: information about acceptance of pre-proposals, invitation to submit full proposals.
11 March: deadline for full proposals.
24 March: information about acceptance of proposals
October - December 2016: information about execution of workshop

>>Please note that the awarding of grants for accepted Synthesis Workshops is completely contingent on the funding of MRI for the October 2016 – September 2019 time period. <<

Link for the MRI call: http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/mri-news/global-news/2462

46 pre-proposals for Synthesis Workshops was submitted.
The call for submission of pre-proposals for Synthesis Workshops has been closed. The mountain research community submitted 46 proposals. After 19 February 2016 will be published the information about acceptance of pre-proposals.

3- 8 JULY 2016

The University of Reims is hosting a Summer School on the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems (SES), which is a rapidly emerging issue in many environment related disciplines and especially sustainability science. The GOSES Summer School is organized jointly with SENSE (Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment). This is already the third edition of this very successful Summer School.
For the first time, the program of the GOSES Summer School will feature not only in situ observation of a socio-ecological system nearby, but will also attempt to perform participatory research on the sustainability of this socio-ecological system with the support of local scholars, practitioners and citizens.
Contact Information
If you have any question about the GOSES Summer School, the Organizing Team is at your disposal at the following e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Link: http://myportal.sense.nl/course/view.php?id=42


7-17 SEPTEMBER 2015

Deadline for applications is 29 April 2016.


The ALTER-Net Summer School is open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from both within and outside the ALTER-Net network partners, as well as young professionals in related fields.
The aim of the Summer School is to create an environment for studying the challenges relating to biodiversity and natural resources in an inter- and trans-disciplinary way.
You can find more information on the Summer School website: http://www.alter-net.info/summer-school, including the programme, and you can access the registration form directly.
Please, contact Marie Vanderwalle  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions.

2 – 9 JULY 2016
Deadline for application: 1 May 2016

SS Rwa
This one-week summer school takes place in the vibrant student town of Groningen and on the beautiful Wadden island of Texel. There will be a starting excursion (boat trip) on Sunday, three days of lectures and workshops in Groningen, a one-day field excursion to the coastal landscapes of the Wadden Sea region, and two days of workshops and field trips on the island of Texel. The course focusses on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches of cultural and natural landscapes.
Link: http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2016/european_coastal_landscapes/

4TH-8TH JULY, 2016


Purpose: To learn methods of estimating runoff characteristics in the absence of local runoff observations
This Summer School is devoted to runoff prediction in ungauged basins (PUB), i.e., predicting water runoff at locations where no runoff data are available. The Summer School is designed for Masters and PhD students researching catchment hydrology and practising hydrologists who are challenged by making predictions in the absence of runoff data.
To register and for any enquiries contact:
Borbála Széles
Centre for Water Resource Systems
Vienna University of Technology
Phone: +43 1 58801 22335
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Link: http://www.waterresources.at/index.php?id=5&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=42&cHash=1f78fb6f0a0bf08ca5593890cc294f84


Alpine Study Center
Pieve Tesino (Trento, Italy)
26th – 30th June 2016
Link: http://www.sensfor-cost.eu/index.php/taining-schools/pieve-tesino-training-school-26-30-juna-2016

TheJoint International Summer School is organized by both the Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS) and the COST ACTION “Enhancing the Resilience Capacity of Sensitive Mountain Forest Ecosystems under Environmental Change” (SENSFOR). The Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS) is designed to promote progress, coordination and dissemination of Soil Science and its applications, and to foster relations and cooperation among its members. SENSFOR is a COST Action started in 2012, and is investigating the drivers and extent of contemporary and future environmental changes in European mountain forests, developing methods for estimating their resilience and define consequences for society.


15th International Swiss Climate Summer School
28 August - 2 September 2016
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Link: http://www.oeschger.unibe.ch/studies/summer_school/2016/scope/index_eng.html

The 15th International Swiss Climate Summer School is focusing on the theme “Climate Risks – Coping with Uncertainty”. This theme has been chosen due to its paramount importance in terms of both scientific challenges and pressing societal concerns. Always with a focus on uncertainty, the specific topics include:
o    What is ‘dangerous climate change’?
o    Emergent climate risks and vulnerability
o    From global climate change to regional impacts
o    Economics of climate change and adaptation, geo-engineering
o    Ethical aspects, policy choices and policy making
The Summer School invites young researchers from all fields of climate research. The courses cover a broad spectrum of climate and climate impact research issues and foster cross-disciplinary links. Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures and workshops with in-depth discussion in smaller groups. All Summer School participants are expected to present a poster of their research and there will be ample opportunity for discussion.

International Summer School on Alpine Plant Life
17-23 July 2016
Furka Pass, Switzerland
Link: http://www.alpfor.ch/Alpine_Ecology_PSC_2015.pdf

For the 10th time, there is an offer for a comprehensive graduate course on alpine plant life in the Swiss central Alps. Offered jointly by the Universities of Basel and Bern, and the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) for graduate students with basic plant science training, the course covers microclimatology, vegetation ecology, reproduction biology, aspects of biodiversity, soil science, ecophysiology and ecosystem ecology. Morning and evening lectures, field excursions and team-work on small projects will make this week in a truly alpine environment a life time experience.
Christian Körner, Jürg Stöcklin, Erika Hiltbrunner (University of Basel)
Markus Fischer (University of Bern)
PSC PhD students register through PSC, all other students at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Preregistration until 1 March 2016, acceptance information 1 April, firm registration 1 June.
This is a non-profit course, with youth-hostel style and price of full board accomodation at ALPFOR. The course is limited to 24 participants.