8th MIREN meeting, Centennial Valley, Montana (2017)

From July 31 to August 3, 2017, a group of 19 MIREN members met in Montana to discuss the current state of the network and the future projects and challenges. It was a busy week in “cowboy country” and we went home with a loaded agenda for the next years. We will soon give more details about some of those projects that include continuing our T-MIREN surveys, hiking trail surveys, plant traits, soil biota and mycorrhiza, microclimate studies, modelling species distributions, seeding experiments and more.

We also would like to welcome a new co-chair, Sylvia Haider (best of lucks with this endeavour!) and say many thanks to Lisa Rew who is stepping down as co-chair after 5 years on the position. Sylvia will joint Jake Alexander who will continue as co-chair for another two years. There are also changes in the Coordination of MIREN as Christoph Kueffer is stepping down from this position, after many successful years of “herding cats”, and Jonas Lembrechts and Aníbal Pauchard are taking the challenge of external coordination of the network.

Finally, we are  pleased to announce that the next MIREN meeting will be in Switzerland in the summer of 2019.

The network has grown bigger and stronger from its beginnings in 2005 in Vienna, and more and more regions and researchers are becoming part of MIREN and its projects. This of course, creates new opportunities but also new challenges for all of us.

In summary, many exiting news and plenty of work for all!