The Network for European Mountain Research (NEMOR) is a network of institutions -public or private- undertaking research in mountain areas, who want to promote research in, and for the sustainable development of, these areas. NEMOR was established in 2017. It builds on concerted collaboration between researchers across different disciplines and European countries, particularly through initiatives led by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), and especially in the framework of the former Swiss-Austrian Alliance for Mountain Research (CH-AT).
A key outcome of this collaboration is the Strategic Research Agenda ‘Mountains for Europe’s Future’, which was launched in Brussels on 26 April 2016. This position statement advocates the need to continue and promote mountain research in Europe. To do this, the scientists involved in this initiative, together with many more from across Europe, recognized the need for a platform that supports networking initiatives, providing scientists undertaking mountain research across Europe – or who are interested in doing so – with a common point of reference.
- Advocate for European mountain research, covering the spectrum from basic to applied, transdisciplinary, research;
- Enable discussion of research priorities addressing mountain regions, particularly in relation to the vision of Euromontana;
- Foster and connect mountain networks and inter/trans-boundary partnerships;
- Initiate, coordinate and enhance activities with reference to the priority topics of the “Mountains for Europe’s Future” with a view toward the European Commission’s new research programme (FP9) and other funding instruments;
- Recognize the functions of mountains for Europe as a whole and enable connections to relevant organizations and institutions;
- Serve as the interlinkage from European to global mountain topics in support of MRI’s vision.