Global Mountain Sustainability Forum

Homo Montanus: Sustainable human-mountain relations in a changing world

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  • Date: 03-04.10.2022
  • Place: Online on Zoom
  • Typology: Scientific conference
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    Website: https://gms-forum.eurac.edu/

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GMS Forum 2022

The second edition of the Global Mountain Sustainability Forum (GMS Forum) aims at exploring sustainable and resilient human-mountain relations in light of current societal and environmental challenges humanity is faced with. In doing so, the conference strives to provide a platform for multi- and interdisciplinary discussion while shedding light on the lessons to be learned from mountains and mountain communities in relation to the sustainable reorganisation of modern societies. A special focus will be placed on the dynamics between highlands and lowlands.

Public Event: Sextner Kamingespräche

From destination to living space - participation as the royal road?
Including a lecture by Jörg Sommer, Berlin Institut für Partizipation

03.10.2022, 17.30 - 20.30
Haus Sexten, Sexten | Sesto

Program and registration

Call for Abstracts

Scientists and students from all disciplines are invited to submit applications to present their research. The presentations should address topics dealing with sustainable relationships between humans and mountains and their implications for sustainability transformations more broadly. Questions to be addressed include but are not restricted to:

• What characterises the relationships between humans and mountains in different parts of the world and how have they evolved?

• How can the resilience of mountain communities be fostered and what role do technology and (social) innovation play?

• Which strategies and policies can help to tackle the social and environmental challenges inhabitants of mountain regions are faced with today?

• Who is responsible for initiating and shaping sustainable governance in mountain regions? What role does leadership play? What political and social dynamics come into play between highlands and lowlands?

• What are lessons to be learned from mountains and mountain communities when it comes to a sustainable reorganisation of contemporary societies?

Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to Sunday, 12 June 2022!

Applicants should submit an abstract, indicating a preliminary title, and presenting a short summary of no more than 350 words. Abstracts should include the specific research question, the theoretical and methodological approach and, where applicable, the data used. Interdisciplinary topics are particularly welcome.

Abstracts must be submitted by no later than Sunday, 12 June 2022 and should be assigned to one of the four thematic sessions:

  1. Managing environmental challenges in mountain areas
  2. Resilient communities & community resilience
  3. Mountain leadership
  4. Changing values and mountain narratives

Submit your abstract HERE!


Registrations for all participants are now open!

Presenter and Auditor: Please follow THIS LINK to complete your registration (please use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome).

All presenters are invited to register to the conference by September 15th at the latest, in order to be included in the preliminary programme. Should the submitter not be able to present and wishes to be replaced by a co-author, please inform us who will be the registered presenter as soon as possible.

By registering for the conference, I confirm that Eurac Research can include my name, email address and other details in the list of participants, website and in any other information material related to the conference.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation requests received after the 18th of September get 50% of refund.

For more detailed information, please visit our website: https://gms-forum.eurac.edu

The GMS Forum is an official partner event of the Sustainability Days Südtirol Alto Adige

GMS Forum 2020

In the epoch of Anthropocene, where humans have a significant impact on the Earth's geology and ecology, the sustainability of our social-economic systems is the basic prerequisite for the long-term existence of mankind. Sustainability has turned into a matter of individual lifestyle and individual daily choices rooted in common values in parts of the society.

Acknowledging the necessity of fundamental changes, the United Nations and its member states have been developing a framework for national action and global cooperation: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the respective 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With only 10 more years left to achieve these goals, the UN have raised a universal call to mobilize for a decade of global, local and people action, to tackle growing poverty, empower women and girls, and address the climate emergency.

The 1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum (GMS-Forum) is part of a new established conference series and will take place on October 5th and 6th in Sexten | Sesto, in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites in Italy. The Forum will discuss challenges concerning sustainability in mountain regions, which at the same time provide invaluable ecosystem services for lowlands and their populations. The GMS-Forum 2020 will tackle sustainability governance issues at the crossroads between international frameworks and local contributions focusing on the topics of tourism and natural resource management.

Special Issue - Call for Papers

We are delighted to announce a Special Issue in collaboration with the open access journal Sustainability: “Sustainability Governance: International Frameworks and Local Contributions with Special Consideration of Mountain Areas”. Participants to the GMS Forum 2020 will be offered a special 50% discount for publishing their research. Please submit your manuscript at any time until 31 May 2022 HERE.


Eurac Research is an innovative centre for research and training based in South Tyrol, Italy. Eurac Research was founded in 1992 as an association under private law with just twelve members of staff undertaking research in the areas of Language and Law, Minorities and Autonomous Regions as well as the Alpine Environment. The centre gradually expanded its activities into new areas, attracted scientists from all over the world and introduced new structures. Today, it its composed of 11 research institutes and four centers, such as GLOMOS and the Center for Advanced Studies.

The Center for Advanced Studies is part of Eurac Research and regards itself as a platform for scientific exchange and interconnectedness and devotes itself to future-relevant issues as well as the observation, description and analysis of economic and societal processes of change.

GLOMOS is a collaborative programme and research alliance between Eurac Research and the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University based in Bonn, Germany.

The Tourist Office Sexten – Sesto works with great passion and professionalism for the mountain destination Sesto, 3 Zinnen Dolomites. The dynamic team creates quality products and events that clearly reflect the distinctive character of the alpine village. Top-class scientific congresses and workshops have been organized here for many years, such as the annual international meetings of the Sexten Center for Astrophysics.

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