We invite you to explore Canada’s first fully integrated and interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Initiative, defining an emerging new discipline that brings researchers, students, and community participants together in improving our understanding of mountain practices, places, and peoples.

The Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative welcomes the mountain scholars of the world to join us, to collaborate with us, to study with us, to share our passion for the mountains.



To be launched in Fall 2016, UAlberta’s Mountains 101 will be the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in interdisciplinary mountain studies, available either for university credit or for free – to anyone, anywhere in the world where there’s an Internet connection.

Mountains 101 is led by an interdisciplinary team of scholars at UAlberta belonging to the Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative and will provide a general introduction to the mountain world, drawing from the biological sciences, the earth sciences, and the arts and humanities.

Crossing conventional disciplinary borders, Mountains 101 will provide unique educational experience for individuals, families, and community members: anyone interested in the awe-inspiring world of mountains.


In The News

  1. Mountain Studies Initiative Rallies to Provide Aid to Nepal

    The first call Baiku Acharya received was from his nephew in the United States, who said all of Nepal had been destroyed by an earthquake. The news was terrifying beyond anything the PhD candidate from Nepal could have imagined. - See more at: http://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2015/may/mountain-studies-initiative-rallies-to-provide-aid-to-nepal#sthash.zqAm5MnA.dpuf

  2. Thinking Mountains Draws International Crowd To Jasper

    Mountain regions, which comprise one-fifth of the world’s surface, offer important areas of study for academics in a variety of disciplines, including natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. From May 5 to 8, 2015, scholars and speakers from around the world descended on Jasper National Park for Thinking Mountains 2015. The goal? To better understand mountain people, places and activities.

  3. Himalayan culture Rockies talent on display at Thinking Mountains

    A high altitude artistic partnership will compliment a conference dedicated to exploring the ecological and cultural significance of mountains.

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