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ISSW 2018, 07-12 October 2018

The ISSW (International Snow Science Workshop) is the world’s largest conference on snow and avalanches.

Its success lies in the motto: ‘A Merging of Theory and Practice‘

Around 1,000 local, national and international participants, from experts to decision-makers and stakeholders, are expected to attend the ISSW2018.
The thematic focus lies on current advances in snow and avalanche science, case studies and innovative technologies on an international level.
Unlike any other symposium, the ISSW promotes an international and interdisciplinary exchange between experts in the snow community.
Different presentation formats like oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, as well as the integration of an international exhibition, allow a direct interaction amongst the broad target audience.

The general ISSW topics include protection measures, avalanche forecasting and dynamics, snow management, as well as guiding, rescue and risk strategies. Furthermore,
the ISSW2018 emphasises on special topics such as ‘Integral Engineering Solutions’, ‘Avalanche accidents’ and ‘Terrain-based decision making’.
For the first time the ISSW2018 will offer a variety of training courses for all interested parties.
The excursions offer a unique opportunity to gain insights into the activities of local experts in an impressive ambiance. They are a unique mixture of specialized information and enjoyable side-program.

‘ISSW Goes Public‘ is dedicated to presenting the conference topics to a broader public;
offering the possibility to discuss the complex issues ‘Science and Society – Mountains and Natural Hazards‘.
In cooperation with the EUSALP Group and the Alpine Convention, questions such as ‘Sustainable safeguarding of habitat in the mountains – but how?‘ will be discussed.


We are looking forward to welcoming you to an exciting conference week from 7th to 12th October 2018 in Innsbruck!

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