Topic: Addressing Waste and Environmental Management Issues in Mountain Regions – Lessons from the UIAA’s projects on Mountains Worldwide

Date: 25th March

Time: 11 AM

Conference Hall: C

About Carolina Adler:

Carolina Adler (née Roman) is an Environmental Scientist and Geographer by training, with a broad international professional experience and a career spanning both research and practice in the public and private sectors. Born in Chile and later growing up in Australia, she obtained her PhD at Monash University (Australia) in 2010, focusing on climate change impacts, values, vulnerability, and adaptation in mountain regions using policy sciences. The relevance and significance of her work to policy applications was demonstrated by an invitation to join the Society for Policy Scientists and later serve as member in its Executive Council, as well as being awarded with the 2010 Harold D. Lasswell Prize for best dissertation in the field of public policy. Through transdisciplinary approaches, her research and consulting work continued to focus on the use of scientific knowledge for policy in dealing with issues of global change in society, such as climate change. She is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, where she is affiliated with the Transdisciplinarity Lab (Td Lab), at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. Between 2014 and 2017, she also served as Scientific Coordinator for the Competence Centre for the Environment and Sustainability’s “Science Meets Practice” Winter School for PhD students, helping to design, deliver and facilitate capacity-building courses on engagement and collaboration with practitioners. Following her sporting interests in mountaineering and a passion for environmental stewardship in mountain regions, she also serves as the current President of the Mountain Protection Commission of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (Union International des Associations d’Alpinisme– UIAA). From May 2017, Carolina took up a new position as Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), a multidisciplinary scientific organization funded by the Swiss Academies of Sciences, tasked with coordinating scientific research and networks on global change in mountain regions around the world.She also serves as a current Lead Author for the “High Mountains” chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere (SROCC), due in 2019.


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