AlpWeek 2022 – Alps in transition
Brig-Glis, Switzerland
09. – 11.12.2020
AlpWeek Intermezzo 2020 – Youth & Climate – How can young people in the Alps be involved in shaping their future?
Nice, France   Young people’s views on climate change in the Alps will be the main theme of the AlpWeek Intermezzo 2020, to be held from 9th to 10th December 2020 in Nice (France). Climate change is certainly a global phenomenon, but its impact is particularly acute in the mountains, with the disappearance of glaciers, an increase in natural hazards such as landslides, and changes in snow cover and watercourse patterns. It is also changing at a much faster rate in mountainous areas (up 2°C in the Alps since the pre-industrial era) than the global average increase of 1°C.   The living environment and occupations considered today as typically ‘Alpine’ will no doubt evolve in the future, due in particular to climate change. At the AlpWeek Intermezzo 2020, the focus will be on what this means for the younger generation. How do young people perceive the changes in landscapes and natural environment linked to climate change? What environment will they live in?   The AlpWeek Intermezzo 2020 will provide an opportunity to compare views and experiences in order to come up with answers to these questions. Change will come about more quickly if young people are actively involved in, or even devise the solutions sought themselves. The organisers of the AlpWeek Intermezzo 2020 therefore feel it is essential to grant them a prominent role in the programme and debates that will be held during the event.   To this end, they invite not only young people, but also non-profit organisations, educational institutions, incubators, careers guidance organizations, researchers, civil servants, politicians, as well as anyone who lives and works in the Alps to come together and share their ideas and experiences. For this, a combination of traditional methods of cooperation between political or public stakeholders will be proposed as well as discussion methods that are more conducive to the participation of young people.   Further Information
16. – 17.11.2020
Online Konferenz: Outdoortourismus mit Fernsicht – Zwischen Klimawandel, Nachhaltigkeitsanspruch und Krisenmanagement Mountainbiken, Klettern, Trailrunning, Wandern, Skifahren und Skitourengehen sind in den Alpen die Grundlage des Tourismus und vielerorts wichtiger Wirtschaftsfaktor. Die teils ressourcenintensiven Outdooraktivitäten finden meist in sensiblen Naturräumen statt, so dass sich die Frage stellt, wie Outdoorsport in Zeiten des Klimawandels und der Ressourcenknappheit eine treibende Kraft für nachhaltige touristische Entwicklung im Alpenraum werden kann.
Im Rahmen der Alpenkonvention organisieren das Gemeindenetzwerk «Allianz in den Alpen» und CIPRA International die zweitägige Konferenz in Prien am Chiemsee. Die Tagung widmet sich einem nachhaltigen Tourismus in den Alpen in Verbindung mit Gesundheit.
Welchen aktuellen und künftigen Herausforderungen müssen sich die Destinationen und deren Bevölkerung stellen? Wie kann das Outdoorerlebnis als Grundlage für einen nachhaltigen Tourismus in den Alpen in Zukunft aussehen? Es werden aktuelle Maßnahmen der Outdoorindustrie und Veranstalter sowie unterschiedliche Ansätze aus dem gesamten Alpenraum vorgestellt, die neue Wege bei der nachhaltigen Tourismusentwicklung gehen. Weitere Informationen  
05. – 06.10.2020
Smart villages – Key opportunities for a sustainable and attractive Alpine region
Grenoble, France Within the events scheduled for the French Presidency of EUSALP, an event to bring together politicians, project managers, researchers, associations and all those people who are involved or interested in the topic of smart villages is being organised in Grenoble/France to discuss key opportunities for a sustainable and attractive Alpine region.
The meeting will be held in a two-days format : Day 1 consisting in an exploratory visit across the French Regional Natural Park of Vercors, to encounter some smart villages pilot activities, and day 2, dedicated to an european meeting to be held in the Isère Department County Hall, in Grenoble.
During these two-days, participants will be invited to consider the development of smart villages initiatives as a key opportunity for the development of a sustainable and attractive Alpine region. During the event best practices, projects and ideas related to this emerging theme will be presented. Smart villages is an innovative perspective to provide better services and to give potential for an ecological transition to better live, work and inhabit the Alpine region in the future. Further information
03. – 04.04.2019
Alpweek Intermezzo AlpWeek Intermezzo will start on April 3rd 2019 with a political discussion (on invitation only) on relevant topics for the future of the Alpine Region. The outcomes of this exchange will be brought to the attention of the Alpine Conference the next day. On 4 April, we invite you to a project showcase featuring inspiring stories on the topic “Tomorrow in the Alps”, followed by interactive market stands. The 2019 edition of the event is conceived as a lunch to lunch conference which will bring the main Alpine stakeholders together to meet and exchange views on the topic “Tomorrow in the Alps”. Languages:
Simultaneous interpretation into German, French, Italian and Slovenian Conference fee:
The conference is free of charge. This includes also the catering offered in scope of the event. Further information:  
Conference 3.-6.06.2018 ForumAlpinum 2018: Alpine Waters – sources of conflicts
Addressed topics: – social issues regarding use, property, distribution or regulation of water
– economic issues regarding water as a driving factor for alpine economies
– issues of specific user groups (energy, agriculture, tourism, nature)
– all over consequences of water scarcity 
– needed know-how and data for evidence-based water management 
– dialogue practice – science – policy

The Forum Alpinum will be jointly organised with the 6th Water Conference of the Platform Water of the Alpine Convention.

Venue: Breitenwang, Ausserfern (Tyrol, Austria)
Date: 4.-6. June 2018 (Monday  noon – Wednesday), excursion on 3. June 2018 
Languages: German, French, italian, Slovene, English
Organisation: ISCAR, University of Innsbruck, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Partners:  Austrian Life Ministry, Platform Water of the Alpine Convention, EUSALP-Action Group 6 (Subgroup Water)    
Winter School
LabEx ITEM – Innovation and Mountain Territories – 3rd International Winter School for young scientists, April 4-7, 2018 In April 2018, the LabEx ITEM will organise its 3rd International Winter School in the canton of Ticino (Switzerland) in cooperation with LabiSAlp (History of the Alps Study Centre) of the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) and ISCAR. This meeting seeks to promote young researchers working on mountain territories in an international convivial ambiance. This edition is addressed to young researchers: doctoral students, post-doctoral and junior researchers, but also researchers in integration, or MA students planning on doing a PhD.

Communicators will present their projects or findings on mountain territories, from all geographic areas. The topic is deliberately broad: it will deal with contemporary dynamics, from the perspective of humanities and social sciences, or with an interdisciplinary approach (environmental science, health science, etc.). The selection criteria will relate to the innovative character, the quality and the relevance to societal challenges.
LabEx Website

Call for papers Submissions until December 3, 2017

Symposium 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017 on November 2-3 in Salzburg, Austria organised by National Park Austria and National Park Hohe Tauern Salzburg
Registration and further Information

«Flussdialog Inn» on September 13 and 14, 2017 in Innsbruck
This event is coorganised by ISCAR. More information and registration (in German): Website

ISCAR Workshop: Exploring Alpine landscapes as potential agricultural heritage systems and their contribution to humen well-being
This workshop focuses on the Alpine agricultural landscapes as the result of people’s management of arable and forest land and will take place in Tolmin, which has been awarded with the title of «Alpine Town of the Year 2016», and partly also in the Cadrg settlementin the Triglav national park in Slovenia.  
GIAHS Workshop for Europe and Central Asia
29 May: Ideas and Experience-Sharing on GIAHS in Europe and Central Asia
30 May: Field visit to Olive Terraces of Vallecorsa
The Workshop will take place on 29 and 30 May 2017 in the FAO Headquarter, Iraq room, in Rome. Detailed programme
Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP)
The Conference – which will take place after the endorsement of the Strategy by the European Council – aims to bring together all key actors of the Strategy to create the framework for its implementation.
25-26 January 2016, Brdo, Slovenia

Winter University
2nd International Winter University
2ème Université internationale d’hiver : Soutien à l’innovation par la diffusion des travaux de futurs ou jeunes chercheurs
27-29 January 2016, Autrans, France

Programme: Download programme (pdf)

Alpine Spatial Development
Stakeholder Conference
28-29 January 2016, Munich

Alparc Workshop «Wildlife and winter sport activities“
3-4 March 2016, Lecheraines (Regional Nature Park Massif des Bauges, Savoy, F)

AlpWeek 2016: Alps & People – Living culture!
11-15 October 2016 in Grassau (Achental), Germany

Award / Workshop
Workshop and awarding of the winners of the Young Academics Award of the Alpine Convention
during the AlpWeek 2016, 11-15 October 2016 in Grassau, Germany
Link to the Call:
  Past events  
Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth 4-8 October 2015, Perth, Scotland Abstract submission until 27 February 2015Registration deadline: 31 August 2015 Website:  
Summer School
Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2015:
Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain
The main goal of the Joint Summer School 2015 is to provide students with innovative practical and methodological skills to characterize complex terrain and object features using close- and near range remote sensing techniques.

Date: 5-11 july 2015 Registration deadline: 30 december 2014

ISCAR-Workshop «Interface between science and mountain protected areas: the role of scientific councils»

Organized by ISCAR, Labex ITEM and ALPARC

25/26 June 2015 in Chambéry, France More information  
Workshop «Fluvial geomorphology and the interactions with sediment transport» within the 2nd International Conference on Integrative Sciences and sustainable development of rivers

The Platform “Water Management in the Alps” of the Alpine Convention organises a one-day workshop on fluvial geomorphology and sediment transport. The focus of this workshop is on presenting best practices in terms of fluvial geomorphology and sediment management plans that address ecological and flood protection issues.

When: 22nd June 2015, 10.30-18.30
Where: Lumière Lyon 2 University, Campus Berges du Rhône – 18 quai Claude Bernard, Lyon, France

More information will follow  
ForumAlpinum 2014, 17-20 September 2014 : Alpine resources – Use, valorisation and management from local to macro-regional level
in Darfo Boario Terme (Lombardy, Italy)
Take advantage from land use change for improving connectivity
Alpine Ecological Networks: Workshop Workshop postponed from November 2013 to       25/26 March 2014
This workshop will focus on some few of the 50 questions, which have been highlighted in the publication «The 50 most important questions related to the maintainance and creation of ecological networks in the Alps» (2013). The following three questions selected during a survey by appr. 40 experts are on the agenda: How do major land use changes affect ecological connectivity across the Alps? What is the best method to design corridors for multiple species? How can ecological connectivity be integrated into spatial and infrastructural planning and legislation at various administrative levels? The main goal of the workshop will be to present and discuss recent or current projects (scientific and implementation) regarding a) the development of new (international) projects, b) the integration of stakeholders and c) the improvement of knowledge transfer between science and practice.

The meeting will take place on March 25/26, 2014. It is organised by the Continuum Initiative and the Platform Ecological Networks of the Alpine Convention.

Information and registration: ISCAR office ( / +41 31 318 70 18), Platform office ( / +33 4 79 26 55 07)

Winter School
Innovation and Mountain Territories The project Labex ITEM, Innovation and Mountain Territories, aims at developing an interdisciplinarity in Human and Social Sciences (geography, economy, history, tourism, law, political sciences, marketing, management of natural environments, sports) to respond to current and emerging challenges/issues of mountain territories. It is a collective project initiated by various laboratories and research teams of the University of Grenoble-Alpes (LARHRA, EDYTEM, DTM-IRSTEA, IREGE, SENS, CERDHAP, PACTE) along with some federative structures as the PARN, MSH-Alpes, INNOVACS and the “Institut de la Montagne”. Part of the training actions of the project is the organisation of summer/winter courses to promote innovation in research, to share crossed methodological approaches and combine theory and practice, and to highlight the works of young and future researchers. The school will encompass a wide range of subjects related to innovation and mountain territories’ mutations through social and spatial dynamics. It will give priority to contributions dedicated to innovation from an epistemological, methodological or research’s practices point of view (interdisciplinary, co- construction). Programme (pdf)

Summer School
Mountains Across Borders – A Summer School in environmental history
17-21 August 2013, Lavin, Switzerland
More information
«Understanding upland watershed management» – 6th IPROMO training course, 12-22 July 2013, Italy
More information
Swiss-Austrian Mountain Days 11.-13. June 2013, Mittersill (Austria)
More information
Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 10-12 June 2013
organised by the National Parks Austria and Hohe Tauern National Park
More information
Workshop «Politiche per un turismo alpino sostenibile tra redditività dei territori e uso parsimonioso del suolo»
9 april 2013, Università della Montagna, Edolo (Italy)
More information (in Italian, pdf)
End 2012
Young Scientist Award of the Alpine Convention
The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention has drafted an award of the Alpine Convention for young scientists for their work (diploma, dissertation, and master’s thesis) on topics closely related to the Alpine Convention.
Deadline of submission: August 30, 2012.
Announcement (pdf)
Application form (.doc)
Website Alpine Convention
Alpweek 2012: Renewable Alps
September 5-8 2012, Valposchiavo / CH

ISCAR Workshop: New highlanders
September 4, 2012, Valposchiavo / CH (right before the AlpWeek, september 5-8, 2012)
ISCAR jointly with the Instiute of Mountain Research Innsbruck IGF and in cooperation with the Italian Ministry for Environment, Territory and Sea, and the Working Group Demography and Employment of the Alpine Convention, organizes a workshop on the topic of the «new highlanders» phenomenon.
Information and Registration:
Managing Alpine Future II: Inspire and drive sustainable mounain regions
November 21-23, 2011, Innsbruck, Austria
Protected Areas as Tools for Regional Development – Perspectives for Research and Management
October 13-15, 2011; Parc Naturel Régional de la Chartreuse (France)
More information
Press release
ECONNECT project – Final conference
September 26-28, 2011; Berchtesgaden (Germany)
Whose Alps are these? Governance, ownerships and belongings in contemporary Alpine regions
September 22-24, 2011; Agordo (Belluno, Italy)
Announcement (pdf)
ForumAlpinum 2010, 6-9 October 2010 Munich (Bavaria): The Metropolises and «their» Alps.
Key outcomes (pdf)
Research questions and needs for action (pdf)
Forum Carpaticum – Integrating Nature and Society towards Sustainability 15.-17. September 2010, Krakow, Poland