Due to the coronavirus crisis, the ProMontes Prize 2020 will be postponed by one year. Work submitted by 31 March 2020 will of course be considered in the nomination round of the following year.





ProMontesPrize 2020

for the future of the alpine cultural landscape


Award of the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research

in collaboration with WSL & FoLAP


Award ceremony on the occasion of the


Conference Young Landscape Research Monday

15 June 2020, WSL Birmensdorf


Every two years the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research (SFAR) awards prizes for outstanding achievements by young researchers in securing the future of the Alpine cultural landscape. Their open-land biotopes provide habitats for almost a third of the plant and animal species of the Alpine arc. In order to ensure a comprehensive future of the Alpine biodiversity spectrum, the award is therefore given primarily to work that, on the one hand, investigates the multiple causes of the decline of open-land biotopes and, on the other hand, develops practical methods for reactivating the species richness of the cultural landscape.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis the ProMontesPrize (PMP 2020) the award ceremony will be adjourned until 2021 or 2022 at the most. The meeting Young Landscape Research, JuLaFo, on 15 June 2020 at the Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf has been cancelled.


Works and projects on the following topics are eligible for the award:

  • Research work on the transformation of the Alpine cultural landscape
  • Research work on social & economic aspects
  • Research work and projects to revitalize the cultural landscape in the Alpine region
  • Research work on concrete measures in the agricultural and forestry sector, in tourism, transport and energy production, in politics and jurisdiction and on socio-economic conditions that serve to promote the Alpine cultural landscape


Keywords on research work and projects:

Avalanche couloirs; Biodiversity; Biosphere reserves; Climate change; Combating bushes with goats, sheeps, highland cattle; Cultural tradition & modernity; Direct payments ecologically oriented; Dry meadows and pastures; Energy production; Fallows; Flexibility in forest clearing; Flood protection; Floodplains; Folkloristics; Forest grazing through clearing; Glaciers lakes; Ground-nesting birds; Green alder control; Hazards, natural & technological; Heath; Hiking trail networks; Intensive agriculture; Jobs in the periphery; Land abandonment; Landscape architecture; Large herbivores; Large predators; Loss of cultivated land worldwide; Mountain huts; Moors; Metropolisation; Nature conservation vs. trad. agriculture; Open land biotopes; Outward migration; Pasture damage; Permafrost; Protective forest; Public service; Recultivation + renaturation = revitalization; Reforestation; Reutilization; Settlement pressure; Slope slides; Slope terraces; Spatial requirements of nature and man; Summer grazing; Scrub encroachment; Silting; Tourism; Trampling damage; Traffic routes; Voluntary work to preserve alpine meadows; Wilderness vs. alpine cultural landscape


Applications are open to researchers from universities and universities of applied sciences as well as private and contract researchers from Switzerland with dissertations, master's and bachelor's theses or completed contract projects. The projects must relate to Switzerland. The age limit is 35 years (justified exceptions are possible). The German, French or English work must have been completed between April 2018 and March 2020.

(Participation and presentation of the work at the JuLaFo conference is also a prerequisite for application.) This is no longer valid due to Corona. Instead, the registration is done directly via candidacy documents on the PMP website, see below.

Registration on the PMP website by 31 March 2020 at the latest

Document download on the PMP website:


On the recommendation of the jury, the SFAR Board of Trustees, supplemented by experts from WSL & FoLAP, nominates a maximum of 5 applications for a presentation at the JuLaFo conference. The selection is based on three criteria:

  • Scientific quality of the work,
  • Relevance for the topic Alpine cultural landscape,
  • Relevance for practice.


The winner will be selected from the nominees on the basis of the presentation at the PMP conference 2021, or 2022 at most.

Prize money and project support

The prize money is 3'000 Swiss francs. In addition, a follow-up project to the award-winning work will be supported with up to CHF 20'000 upon written application.

Contact / Information:

Schweizerischen Stiftung für Alpine Forschung, Stadelhoferstrasse 42, CH-8001 Zürich
Tel: +41-44-253 12 00 | Fax: +41-44-253 12 01 | E-mail:


SFAR, Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research
JuLaFo, Young Landscape Research
WSL, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
FoLAP, Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks