40 years of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme in Austria – a success story of ecological basic research and a flagship of transdisciplinarity

In 2013, the Austrian Man and the Biosphere (MAB) research programme, funded by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMWF) and coordinated by a National Committee at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), celebrated its fortieth anniversary, making it one of the longest existing national MAB committees.

The Executive Secretary and the Chairman of the Austrian MAB National Committee, Dr Günter Köck and Dr Georg Grabherr, respectively, published an article in the current issue of 'eco.mont' (Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research and Management), which provides a short history of the international MAB programme and the Austrian MAB National Committee and highlights selected top research.