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Special Events @ IMC2019

Evening Events

Himalayas to Ocean  

This side-event will present audio-visual outputs from the Himalayas to Ocean (H2O) project, documenting the impacts of climate change along the Gandaki river in Nepal, from high-up in the Himalayan peaks to hundreds of kilometres further downstream in the country’s floodplains. Partnered with the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), H2O was set-up in 2017 to complement scientific research by raising awareness about climate change in novel ways, utilising compelling multimedia approaches that blend photography, video, and sounds. The session will discuss and interrogate the role these approaches can play – as well as their associated risks - in communicating complex scientific research in visually compelling and emotionally engaging ways.

Date: Monday 9 September 2019 2015-2115

Room: Congress Center, Saal Innsbruck 

Presenter: Alice Chautard, University of Oxford | Founder of H2O

Inside Mountains - Exploring the deepest cave in the world  

Part I - the cave: 

Veryovkina cave is the deepest known cave in the world. It is situated in the Caucasus mountains in Abkhazia. The presentation will begin by following the journey of exploration, describing a relatively insignificant 420m deep cave, but through many years of arduous digging and deep exploration expeditions by The Perovo-speleo team and The Perovo caving club who later pushed the cave to its current depth of -2212m and thus making it the worlds deepest cave. However, not only has the cave changed character as the team explored deeper, but also the project itself evolved over time from an average caving expedition to an international research project. Russian and Ukrainian biologists, Bulgarian and US microbiologists, Spanish geologists, hydrogeologists and most recently an English paleoclimatologist from the University of Innsbruck are all working with the team to shed light on the genesis and the history of the cave and of its ecosystem.

Part II - photographing in the dark: 

When you consider taking a photograph underground in a cave, you have to turn the camera to fully manual and throw the rule book out of the window. Caves are unforgiving black spaces. There is no natural light down there. They are the darkest places on the planet and therefore the ultimate in low-light photography. Professional cave photographer Robbie Shone will briefly explain from his 20 year long career some of the challenges and techniques he uses to accomplish his photographs that have graced the pages of National Geographic, GEO, Red Bulletin and Terra Mater magazines.

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019 2015-2115

Room: Congress Center, Saal Innsbruck 

Presenter: Pavel Demidov (Part I), Robbie Shone (Part II)


we4DRR “meet and greet”  

This side-event informs about the network we4DRR – The network is an exchange network for female experts and caters women working in research, policy and practitioners in the field of natural hazards and disaster risk reduction. It offers information about the aim and outputs of the network and the membership procedure and promotes the new student award we4DRR 2019. With this award, outstanding master’s and PhD theses or scientific papers contributing to the topic of gender issues in disaster risk reduction are rewarded once a year. The session invites all members of the network and all female experts working in the field of disaster risk reduction and/or gender-related topics who are participating IMC 2019 to discuss latest topics in the research field and get together for a meet and greet.

Date: Monday 9th September 18:00-19:00

Room: SOWI Aula

Presenter: Doris Damyanovic and Karin Weber, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna 

Monitoring, Observing and Informing on Mountain Environments - Status and Future Prospects  

The event will showcase presentations on the latest scientific work undertaken by two MRI's Working Groups: 1) MRI Elevation Dependent Warming Working Group; and 2) MRI Mountain Observatories Working Group, which will also include a recap on their respective past and future contributions to the work plan of the Group on Earth Observations initiative, the Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments, GEO-GNOME. Inputs from the GEO-GNOME work plan and its next phase from 2020-2022 will be introduced, with information on how to actively participate and contribute to be a part of this global network effort in this next phase. A panel discussion will be invited to debate, reflect and present on some of the key challenges and opportunities for the scientific community in the development and implementation of connected and networked mountain observation efforts worldwide, inviting the attending audience to also partake in this discussion and collectively learn about the scientific research community perspectives on how to scale and connect data and information for knowledge on mountain social-ecological systems.

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019 17:45-19:00

Room: SOWI Aula

Presenter: MRI, GEO-GNOME and other invited panelists.

Journal session  



With the recognition of the importance that mountains have played in the earth eco-system and in people’s daily life, mountain research is gradually becoming hot. Where do mountain researchers publish their papers and what are the unique features of the four SCI-indexed mountain journals (Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research, Mountain Research and Development, Journal of Mountain Science,Eco-Mont)? The four journals’ developing trends, subject preference, key report topics, major country and institution sources, author cooperation relationship by using data from Clarivate's Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports and from web search. The results can be used to guide mountain researchers to choose the suitable journal to publish.

Date: Wednesday 11 September 18:00-19:30

Room: SOWI Aula

Presenter: Qiu Dunlian, Chief Editor of the Journal of Mountain Science

Permanent exhibitions


Interdisciplinary research (IDR) has become more important, and it is more frequently carried out than ever. Nevertheless, although there does exist much literature about epistemological challenges of IDR and countless programmatic declarations that underline its value, we know only little about forms and problems of IDR practice.

Therefore, our project on Studying, Portraying and ASSessing examples of good scientific practice in interdisciplinary work – An explorative study about collaborations of sciences and humanities with particular reference to contributions of design and arts (SPASS) is focusing on the practice of IDR.

During IMC2019 we are offering an Open Space about Interdisciplinary Research. Thus, we are providing for all participants of the conference an extra opportunity to make up their minds about the dynamics of IDR, its strengths and weaknesses, to reflect and discuss these issues, and to share their experiences.

Our Twofold Installation about IDR serves to assess the relevance of 24 factors stimulating and shaping interdisciplinary research, concerning their general importance and their heuristic functions. Additionally, we invite participants to share their insights with us in some semi-structured in-depth Interviews about their IDR experiences.

Dates: Monday 09. September 2019; 08:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:30 / Tuesday 10. September 2019; 08:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:30 / Wednesday 11. September 2019; 08:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:30

Location: SOWI Foyer, 1st floor

Presenter: Andreas Metzner-Szigeth (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano) and the SPASS research group

General events

Conference Excursions  

The conference excursion will be offered Thursday (September 12th) afternoon to a site valley close to Innsbruck with long and interesting stories of human-environmental interactions. Please check out the details here.

Additionally, there are various (research) sites near the venue which could be visited within half-day, one-day or two-day trips. In case your are interested, don't hesitate to contact scientists from the University of Trento, University of Bozen, EURAC or the University of Innsbruck working in your field of interest. 

Conference dinner  

Conference dinner (Thursday night, September 12th) will follow the conference excursion in a special historic place in the city of Hall. Please check out the details here.

You want to offer another side event or organize a project meeting?

Organizations and initiatives are welcome to organize meetings etc. before or after the conference. Seminar rooms will be made available free of charge. Organization will be supported by the local steering committee and staff.


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