The ISSW (International Snow Science Workshop) 2018 will take place in Innsbruck from the 7th to the 12th of October. The ISSW is the world's largest conference on snow and avalanches where theory and practice come together. With participants from all over the world, ISSW is the place where experts actively share their recently acquired knowledge about snow and avalanches.
The ISSW has been organizing congresses since 1976 and it has become a biennial event since 1980. It first was a North American party, but the ISSW meetings are also held in Europe since 2009. This year in Innsbruck, in two years in Fernie (Canada).
You can expect anything that has to do with snow, avalanches and the mountains. From forecasting the chance of avalanches to taking decisions based on the terrain, from avalanches and legislation to the influence of the weather on the stability of the snow cover and from the 'Human Factor' to the avalanche scale. to mention. In addition, we have seen increasing attention for 'snow in a changing climate' in recent years. With the rising temperatures artificial snow and the conservation of snow (snowfarming) have become important topics for ski resorts. A complete overview of the program can be found here.
Yes, not only because of the knowledge you can gain from it because it gives you the opportunity to see some authoritative speakers in real life. A little basic knowledge is useful, but if you have followed one of the modules of Salomon Mountain Academy, the ISSW is a great addition to your knowledge. Especially Monday, Thursday and Friday are days when interesting topics will be discussed. Admission is not free, but you get a lot in return. If you are interested, you will find the prices here. There is also 'a day for the public' 'which is accessible for free, although I can imagine that some of us already have too much knowledge to make such a day interesting.
If you can't make it, but you'll find the subject very interesting then there is also the online knowledge base in which hundreds of articles have been collected by the ISSW. This database is accessible online and guarantees lots of reading pleasure.