18 Sep 2022
The International Mountain Conference (IMC) 2022 was held from September 11-16 and attracted more than 800 researchers. It is currently the largest conference focusing on a variety of mountain research topics and unique in two specific ways: (i) it promotes cross-disciplinary exchange and interaction among participants including natural and social scientists as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations and, (ii) it fosters synthesis activities in the quest for a holistic understanding of mountain systems. Our synthesis workshop "Exploring the past, predicting the future" was based on five focus sessions that explored topics such as: adaptation strategies and pathways for resilience in mountain regions, geospatial technologies in mountain archaeology, historical ecology of alpine environments, social strategies and rituality in ancient mountain landscapes as well as sustainability of mountain social-ecological systems across Africa. The synthesis discussion kicked-off during the IMC continued on the last day during our social event "Summer Tobogganing in the Stubai Valley" and will be carried on towards concrete outcomes by a core workshop team.