Summer school

UGA launches interdisciplinary summer program Of Mountains and Men in a Changing World

June 4, 2018 - June 15, 2018
This innovative program brings an interdisciplinary approach to complex issues like human geography, resource management, climate change, tourism, glaciology and more. Combining methods and knowledge from the sciences, the humanities, and social sciences, Of Mountains and Men welcomes students from all disciplines seeking novel, interdisciplinary approaches to complex questions.
Because of its strategic position, surrounded by three mountain ranges, the Université Grenoble Alpes is a major international research center in mountain studies. This summer, students from all over the world will have the opportunity to benefit from this expertise in tectonics, geomechanics, glaciology, ecology, human geography, tourism, and the history of the mountains of the world.

Taught by experts in a wide variety of disciplines – economics, geology, history, architecture, and more -- this course will also provide students with direct experience of the Alps in a series of field trips to the mountains nearby Grenoble.

Open to Everyone

The Of Mountains and Men two-week program, open to both graduate and undergraduate students, has been designed around case studies tied to the latest in current research.

The course has been specifically designed for learners from a variety of backgrounds: students from all disciplines are welcome!

Students will develop an understanding of the mechanisms at play in how mountains are built, learn about Alpine environmental degradation, and explore how nature and humans adapt together to changing circumstances.

UGA Expertise

The teaching staff has a strong background in advanced concepts and methods deriving from disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in mountain studies and is abreast of new skills and new technologies, such as 3D numerical modeling, GIS and remote sensing.

Over the two weeks, students will be introduced to:
  • Alpine geology and tectonics
  • Dynamics processes
  • Mountain hazards such as debris
  • Landslides
  • Rockslides and soil erosion
  • Protection and development of special mountain resources
  • Special adaptation of Alpine fauna and flora
  • Cultural diversity in changing environments
  • Historical transformation from pastoral activity to tourism
  • Local economic development


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Updated on September 18, 2018