Call for abstracts
Designed to be a meeting place for scientists, policy makers and practitioners, the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2016 will provide an opportunity for different kinds of contributions. The organizers invite you to choose among the following:
Abstracts for oral presentation in Thematic Sessions (max. 300 words + 5 keywords). Thematic sessions provide academic researchers a chance to present and discuss their latest scientific findings. Researchers from non-academic settings (NGOs, government, private sector) are also invited.
Abstracts for a Poster presentation (max. 200 words). Posters will be displayed in a prominent area next to the plenary hall. Poster presenters are expected to be present during two dedicated poster sessions. The size of posters should not exceed A0 format (84 cm x 119 cm); one-page handouts should be made available. Up to 3 posters may be invited for a 2-minute flash presentation in the respective Thematic Session of Workshop. A prize for the best student poster will be awarded during the Forum’s closing session.
Abstracts for a practical example in one of the following Workshops (max. 300 words): policy advocacy; scientific networking; leveraging spatial data; education for sustainable development. The purpose of workshops is to stimulate discussion and exchange between practitioners and scientists around a number of focused topics. As a consequence, presentations in workshops should be short, focusing on practical insights from development projects, policy initiatives, or teaching practices.
Proposals are invited on topics broadly related to sustainable mountain development: Climate change, Biodiversity, Forest Resources, Water resources and management, Land use and land cover change, Desertification, Mineral resources, Natural hazards and risks, Population, Cultural diversity, Tourism and Recreation, Landscape planning, Urban and rural development, Regional development policy, Socio-economic development, as well as cross-cutting topics including soils, Air pollution, New and renewable energy resources, Ecosystem services and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), Landscape ecology, Transboundary cooperation, Infrastructure.
Dates, Venue and Program
The Forum will be organized in Tbilisi, Georgia, from November 27 to December 1, 2016:
- Sunday, 27 November: Excursions
- Monday, 28 November: CMF
- Tuesday, 29 November: CMF
- Wednesday, 30 November (until noon): CMF
- Thursday, 1 December: Proposal writing workshop (details to be provided)
The Forum is an SNC-mt initiative co-hosted on the campuses of Ivane Javakhashvili Tbilisi State University and Ilia State University. It will offer a combination of Plenary Sessions with keynote addresses by prominent scientists and practitioners (open to the public); Thematic Sessions to present the latest scientific findings by academic and non-academic experts; Workshops to stimulate exchange between practitioners, policy makers and scientists; and Poster Sessions (with a prize to be awarded for the best poster).
July 6: Abstract submission
July 20: Notification of abstract acceptance
November 1: Full paper submission
Abstracts should be written in English. Please follow the guidelines found here and submit your proposal as a text document to the following email address: CMF2016@caucasus-mt.net.
Please note that scholarships are available, primarily for participants from the region.
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