The University of Alberta's proximity to the Rocky and Columbia Mountains gives it hands-on access to our object of study.
The University’s long history in mountain study extends from the establishment of the Banff Centre in 1933 to present work on glacier biochemistry, for example, or the Mountain Cairns monograph series on Rockies’ history and culture from the University of Alberta Press. The University Library, Canada's second largest, has unequalled strengths in Canadian mountain history and literature, in mountain cartography, and in glacial science.
In 2009, the University hosted the “Summit Series” of public lectures, which showcased interdisciplinary mountain studies to the wider community. Two international Thinking Mountains Conferences, in 2012 and 2015, brought together scholars, community members and land managers from across Canada and the world.
The UAlberta Mountain Initiative seeks to elevate our existing strengths in and about mountains to a world-class level. To this end, the University of Alberta is also leading the development of the Canadian Mountain Network (canadianmountainnetwork.ca).