Result of citizen science scholarship

Scholarship evaluation committee of the #MoChWo conference has recommended following students for scholarship on registration fee in two different categories. This scholarship is sponsored by Smartphone4Water.

Name of students receiving full scholarship:

Anusha Pandey

Nischal Devkota

Sadiksha Rai

Name of students receiving partial (50%) scholarship:

Achyut Gaire

Anish Shrestha

Arati Joshi

Bhumika Acharya

Jharana Panthi

Keshab Raj Pant

Muna Fuyal

Pratap Pandey

Punam Yadav

Sangita Pachhai

Seema Baniya

Shishila Baniya

Sumana Devkota

Tshering Ongmu Sherpa

Symposium: Carbon Smart Farming

The second international conference on Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) 2017 has announced a special symposium on Carbon Smart Farming: Potential solutions for improving soil health, food security and reducing GHG emissions – an Australian perspective.

 

Conveners of the symposium

Corresponding co-convener: Dr Thakur Bhattarai, Research Fellow, CQ University Australia

Co-convener: Dr. Louisa Kiely, Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission: 31 August
  • Registration: 22 September
  • Conference: 27-28 October

Contact Details

MoChWo 2017 Secretariat

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences
PO Box: 23002, Kalanki-13, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 977-01-6924204
Email: conference@kias.org.np
Conference Website: http://conference.kias.org.np/

Symposium: Sustainable waste management in developing countries

The second international conference on Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) 2017 has announced a special symposia on Sustainable waste management in developing countries.

We are accepting abstracts for this symposium. CLICK HERE for abstract submission.

About symposium

Proper management of municipal solid waste is an emerging problem in urban areas of developing countries. While the developed countries have gradually stressed the need in integrated waste management, developing countries still largely depend on landfilling. Approximately 54% of municipal solid waste is landfilled in the United States; this amount is only 1.24% in Japan and less than 1% in Sweden. Importance to landfilling is relatively higher in Nepal although collection efficiency is at 62% and disposal rate is merely 37%. Generally, municipal solid waste ends up wherever it is generated and the efforts have been mostly in big ideas and technology with little attention to organic wastes that makes up large portion of municipal solid waste in places like Kathmandu or Karachi. Not realizing the complexity and financial burden that landfills put into waste management in already resource constraint world, these practices have led to repeated failure in waste management. It has been well stated that landfills are second most complicated public facilities to be built after airports and the consequences of haphazardly managed landfills could last many decades to recover. At the same time, the World Bank study from over 2000 cities worldwide has proven that competitively granted contractual work in waste management is at least 33% more cost effective than a monopolized operation run by a local government. Across the sectors, community based and nongovernmental organizations are very active in Nepal. Over 10% of Nepal’s forest is managed by community-based organizations. Likewise, in waste management, informal scavenging handles 15% of Kathmandu Valley’s garbage contributing 371 million Nepalese Rupee in national economy every year. A sustainable operation in waste management should be able to replicate a homegrown success story from forestry with over forty plus years of deforestation followed by reforestation and afforestation that is often used as a model in the world. The present need in waste management in developing countries is to prioritize a labor-intensive solution that could create opportunity to marginalized people, ensure rights to informal workers, and stress more in source of generation of wastes.

By 2025, lower middle-income countries will generate 956 million tons of waste per day surpassing high-income countries and many pristine mountain communities in this region will greatly be impacted by it. In order to initiate a policy debate in sustainable waste management in low income countries and seek lasting solutions, this symposium requests papers and presentations from researchers, experts, and practitioners from around the world covering bottom up strategies, best management practices, case studies from developed and developing countries, and new innovation and strategies in waste management.

Conveners of the symposium

Corresponding Co-Convener: Mohan B. Dangi, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, California State University, Fresno, CA, USA. mdangi@csufresno.edu.

Co-Convener: Kedar Rijal, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal. krijal@cdes.edu.np.

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission: 31 August
  • Registration: 22 September
  • Conference: 27-28 October

Scholarships

The funds provided by College of Social Sciences and Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning at California State University, Fresno to MoChWo conference could award scholarships up to ten students attending the conference and presenting under this symposium.

Similar scholarships are made by Central Department of Environmental Science at Tribhuvan University for their student attendees.

Scholarships will be granted in competitive basis upon peer review of abstracts. After your abstract is accepted, please submit online scholarship form here.

Contact Details

MoChWo 2017 Secretariat

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences
PO Box: 23002, Kalanki-13, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 977-01-6924204
Email: conference@kias.org.np
Conference Website: http://conference.kias.org.np/

Symposium on Dendroecology and Dendroclimatology of Mountain Forests

The second international conference on Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) 2017 has announced a
special symposia on Dendroecology and Dendroclimatology of Mountain Forests:Predicting Future Looking into Past.

We are accepting abstracts for this symposium. CLICK HERE for abstract submission.

About symposium

Dendrochronological techniques rely on variety of structural characteristics of tree rings, such as ring width, wood density, and vessel size, which exhibit variability from one ring to the next, corresponding to changes to environmental factors. Mountain forest boundaries including treelines and timberlines are considered reliable indicators of environmental changes because of narrow physiological threshold of trees in high mountain forests.

High elevation ecosystem including high mountain forests are one of most influenced biota due to anthropogenic climate change. Hence this symposium calls abstracts about the use of dendrochronological research in high mountain forest including growth-climate relationship, tree growth performance (rate of biomass production), tree ring based climate reconstruction, intrinsic water use efficiency of forest trees, treeline dynamics, tree ring stable isotope studies and dendrogeomorphology as well as technology intervention on tree ring science.

We believe that the special symposium as a part of MoChWo conference 2017 brings about fruitful discussions on tree ring studies for improving our understanding on preparedness of rapidly changing climate in high mountains all around the world.

Co-Convener:

Dr. Achyut Tiwari

Assistant Professor

Trichandra Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, Ghantaghar, Kathmandu, Nepal

achyutone<at>gmail.com

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission: 22 August
  • Registration: 22 September
  • Conference: 27-28 October

Contact Details

MoChWo 2017 Secretariat

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences
PO Box: 23002, Kalanki, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 977-01-6924204
Email: conference@kias.org.np
Conference Website: http://conference.kias.org.np/

Conference grants

1. Registration fee waiver for Nepali students:

CLICK HERE to APPLY for SCHOLARSHIP*

a) 10 students attending and presenting in Citizen Science Symposia of the MoChWo 2017 conference will get full      registration fee waiver on competition basis.

More information about the citizen science symposia can be found here.

b) Students from Central Department of Environmental Science (CDES), Tribhuvan University will get 50% discount on registration.

c) Students participants presenting under Sustainable waste management in developing countries are eligible for a 50% discount scholarship in registration fee.

One can apply for only one category of scholarship and two discounts will not combine for a single person.

*Deadline: 8th September

2. Nepali researchers (including students and faculty): Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

3. Nepali students and faculty: University Grant Commission (UGC Nepal)

Symposia on “Citizen Science for a Sustainable Mountain Future” Announced

The second international conference on Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) 2017 has announced a
symposia on Citizen Science for  Sustainable Mountain Future

We are now accepting abstracts for this symposia – please see below for details.

About Symposium

Citizen science is the process of involving citizens (or “non-professional scientists”) in the scientific process as researchers.  Citizen science can include community based monitoring and or community based management.  Citizen science is on the rise in the U.S., Canada, and in many other areas around the world.  New developments in sensing technology, data processing and analysis, and methods of knowledge communication are opening novel opportunities for citizen science.  In particular, recent advances in mobile technologies make smartphones a perfect tool for citizen science.  GPS and high resolution camera technology embedded in smartphones can be used to collect verifiable records in the field, and cellular networks can be leveraged to transmit collected data to a central repository.  For example, water resources for human purposes is one of the most fundamental ecosystem services and yet fundamental data required to adequately management water resources are often lacking both spatially and temporally.  Therefore, there are novel opportunities for applying citizen science to help close this water resources data gap.  This session solicits abstracts about the use of citizen science and participatory research in all disciplines associated with mountain ecosystems, including disasters; biodiversity; climate change; pollution; forest management; soil, air, and water research; agriculture; livelihoods; and mountain resource policy.  Two additional core topics of the session will be: (1) how to properly motivate citizen scientists to start and continue their involvement in citizen science projects and (2) how to use mobile technology, and/or low cost sensors, as a catalyst for implementing citizen science projects.

Conveners of the symposia

Corresponding Co-Convener: Jeffrey C. Davids, M.Sc., P.E., jeff@smartphones4water.org, President, SmartPhones4Water (S4W), and PhD Candidate, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Co-Convener: Deep Narayan Shah, Ph.D., President, Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change Center (HimBioCliCC), and Water Resources Specialist, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

If you have questions about the symposia, contact corresponding co-convener of the symposia (email given above).

Scholarships

Scholarships for covering MoChWo conference fees will be granted to up to 10 student applicants via a competitive abstract review process.  Please indicate on the MoChWo 2017 online abstract submission system your interest in being considered for a scholarship.  All scholarship winners will be expected to participate in the Symposium, and a few will have the opportunity to make oral presentations about their research.

Abstract Submission

Please use the MoChWo 2017 online abstract submission system (see details here: http://conference.kias.org.np/call-for-abstract/ ) for submitting abstracts.

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission: 22 August
  • Registration: 22 Semester
  • Conference: 27-28 October

Contact Details

MoChWo 2017 Secretariat

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences
PO Box: 23002, Kalanki, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 977-01-6924204
Email: conference@kias.org.np
Conference Website: http://conference.kias.org.np/