When and Where?  

The International School will take place in Innsbruck (Seehof, 300 m above Innsbruck) between 24th and 28th September 2012. Arrival and departure dates are on Sunday 23rd and Friday 28th September.

Who can apply?

The International School invites postgraduate researchers (Ph.D. students) and young postdocs of most diverse specializations ranging from environmental sciences, geography, ecological sciences to conservation biologists with interest in mountain ecology and global change. All participants will need to be proficient in both written and spoken English. 

Why join this International School?

Mountain ecosystems are important on a global basis and are particularly susceptible to the effects of diverse global changes. At present, there is accumulating evidence that global changes such as for example, in climate, in land use, and in atmospheric nitrogen pollution are strongly affecting mountain ecosystems, even remote ones. One of the main values of this International School is the unique opportunity participants have to receive a really multidisciplinary overview about the research going on in aquatic and terrestrial mountain ecosystems in different parts of the world. Thus, the objective of this School is to provide the participants with a state-of-the-art overview on the research done on mountain ecosystems and to foster cross-disciplinary links.


The School will consist of lectures (45 min +15 min discussion) on topics related to aquatic and terrestrial mountain ecology given by members of the Alpine Ecology Research Centre from the University of Innsbruck and guest scientists from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, UK, and USA. The lectures will cover a broad spectrum and will include a general introduction to the topic, as well as its state-of-the-art. In addition, participants will be requested to give a short oral presentation (max. 10 min) to introduce themselves and their research interest, as well as to improve connectivity based on similar interests. A mid-week excursion will be organized to a mountain research station with demonstrations/measurements on the way. Program

Registration Fee:

Before 15th August 350 €, after this date 450 €. The fee includes accommodation (Seehof) in a twin bed room, coffee breaks and full board. A limited number of single-bed rooms are available at an extra cost. The fee must be paid in full no later than 20 days after receiving the invoice.

Application: on-line including:

  • full contact data (name, affiliation, postal address, email address, phone and fax)
  • a brief CV containing prior studies and/or positions
  • a 1-paragraph description of scientific interest and motivation for this school
  • list of publications (if any)


Applications will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and successful applicants will be notified by e-mail about admission by 25th July 2012. Selected participants will receive an invoice. The registration becomes legally binding by means of this invoice.

Local Scientific Committee:

Prof. Ruben Sommaruga (Chair), Prof. Ulrike Tappeiner (Innsbruck University), Prof. Birgit Schlick-Steiner (Innsbruck University), and Prof. Roland Psenner (Innsbruck University).

Help with travel costs:

When meeting the travel costs is impossible please contact the organization to seek for financial assistance (depending on budget availability). This possibility is available only within Europe and will be reserved to exceptional cases both in need and in student’s excellence.

Important deadlines:

  • Submission of on-line applications - deadline: 1st July 2012
  • Notification of acceptance to applicants - deadline: 25th July 2012
  • Payment - deadline: 15st August 2012
Contact:     Ms. Caroline Pichler (Administrative Assistant)
  Institute of Ecology
  University of Innsbruck
  Technikerstr. 25
  6020 Innsbruck
  Phone: +43-(0)512-507 6181
  Fax: + 43-(0)512-507 6190
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