II. Student Colloquium: "Mountain Tourism"

  Get insights into various aspects of Mountain Tourism from experts from different disciplines

  Practise interdisciplinarity and scientific presenting at your student conference

Part 1 - Information and exchange on Mountain Tourism with experts

Content Block I: Alpine tourism development and current challenges in Mountain Tourism   14.04.2016, 5:00-7:30pm


MountainTourism_Meran2000The lecture on mountain tourism is giving a first insight into mountain tourism development using the example of the Tyrolean Alps. Mike Peters will give an overview of tourism development in the Alps and highlights especially the major supply and demand changes since the 1950ies. He will show the major influences of Tyrol’s destination life cycle and derives major challenges for the future both for tourism businesses and tourism policy. Robert Steiger underlines the impacts of climate change on tourism development and in the final part of the presentation the lecturer critically discuss current actions in tourism policy and tourism research.


Important aspects for Mountain Tourism are diverse natural & cultural landscapes, traditional buildings and ancient costumes, local food or more generally spoken: Authenticity & Uniqueness


Content Block II: Mountain Tourism and Mountain Agriculture
 28.04.2016, 5:00-7:00pm

MountainAgricultureMany touristic areas in the Alps have originally been peasants’ communities living under very harsh conditions for survival. First tourists were seen as a very welcome source of income to overcome poverty and many farmers started into tourism business. Over the decades income from touristic activities by far exceeded agricultural returns and cultivating the farm land in mountain areas is often enonomically not viable any more. However, the touristic development is not independent from maintaining small scale mountain agriculture with traditional farmyards in the villages, alpine pastures in the mountains and traditional local food products. This lecture will discuss interdependencies of the two sectors and potential challenges/chances/limits of increased collaborations between Mountain Tourism and Agriculture.  


The availability of high quality (organic)  food for healthy eating is a precondition for promoting exceptional health-supporting activities in mountain areas.


Content Block III: Living, working and exercising in the mountainous areas - Beneficial health effects
03.05.2016, 5:30-7:00pm 


Moderate altitude areas (1000 - 2000 m) comprise a set of conditions that may influence health status and thus bearing the potential of positively modifying morbidity and mortality of its residents and tourists alike. These conditions include a high physical activity level, exposure to moderate altitude, a typical diet, UV radiation and low levels of air pollution. The aim of this lecture will be to describe how living, working and exercising at moderate altitudes of the alpine regions might evoke beneficial effects on healthy aging.



Traveling to and from Mountain destinations is an ongoing issues with frequent traffic jams and high burdens for local society and tourists. To preserve the potentially positive impacts of Mountain holidays on physical and mental health new mobility concepts are required. 


Content Block IV: Mobility in Mountain Areas
19.05.2016, 5:30-7:00pm



In this lecture we will talk about mobility in touristic mountain areas, starting with arrival and departure issues and continuing with mobility at the destination. We will also discuss the potential of new/changed mobility patterns in holidays (walking, (e-)biking, public transport) for changing daily mobility habits afterwards back home.



 Content Block V: Synthesis of Contents, Preparation of Conference Schedule, Optional Event    
07.06.2016, from 5:30


Part 2 - Interdisciplinary Student Conference

Students will prepare 10 min. presentations of their master thesis topics (if already existing) or a topic of interest from their disciplines. Those presentations should be understandable for the other students with different backgrounds. Students will also organize the conference schedule and serve as session conveners like in common scientific conferences. 

Find further details and lecture rooms @ LFU:online   Seehof_2015

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