Author: KIAS

Call for a symposium

We are now inviting proposals for symposium proposals to be a part of MoChWo-2024. All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines to be considered:

  • Each symposium can be organized by one or more recognized institutions.
  • A symposium may have up to two co-conveners, with one designated as the “Corresponding co-convener (CCC)” for all related correspondence. The CCC must keep all other co-organizers informed. Co-conveners should be active researchers in the proposed field with at least a Ph.D. degree.
  • All symposium abstract submissions and registrations will be managed through the MoChWo 2024 online system.
  • A symposium should include the names of the co-conveners, the symposium title, and a brief description (less than 300 words) of the symposium topics to be covered in the technical sessions.
  • Each symposium should have at least one 90-minute session for oral presentations. Additional sessions, demonstrations, tours, and lab visits may be arranged upon request, subject to availability.
  • Each symposium may include one invited speaker per session. Symposium co-conveners should consult the conference convener before inviting speakers.
  • Time allocations for oral presentations are as follows: Invited speaker = 30 min, General speaker = 12-15 min including questions and answers.
  • Poster sessions for a symposium may be scheduled during breaks, lunches, dinners, or a general poster session.
  • The cost for each symposium is generally $1000, which includes free registration for three participants.
  • After the symposium, the symposium CCC is responsible for submitting a short report including lessons learned, participant feedback, and recommendations for the future. The report format will be provided later.

Submission Process: Submissions should be made according to the guidelines provided. Please send your proposals to

Deadline: The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is August 1, 2024. Late submissions may not be considered. Please don’t wait until the last minute for your submission.

Contact Information: For any inquiries or clarifications regarding the submission process, please contact us at

Review Process: Submitted proposals will undergo a review process by the MoChWo 2024 organizing committee. Accepted proposals will be notified in due course.

Further Information: For updates and additional information regarding MoChWo-2024, please visit the conference website

If you have any further questions or need assistance with your submission, please do not hesitate to contact us.

6th International Conference on Mountains in the Changing World

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences is delighted to announce the 6th International Conference on “Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo-2024),” scheduled to take place from October 4 to 5, 2024, in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a flagship annual event, the conference serves as a significant platform for scholarly interactions among national and international scholars, researchers, policymakers, and students, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing on diverse aspects of mountain environments. KIAS believes that the conference is an important avenue to boost international collaboration and share research findings and knowledge related to various aspects of mountains.

The MoChWo conference has been an annual event since 2016, conducted in person until 2019, and transitioned to a virtual format in 2020 due to the global pandemic. Over the past five conferences, it has attracted over 1050 participants from 27 countries, presenting 510 papers and hosting 17 symposia. We express gratitude to our co-organizers, partners, sponsors, technical and organizing teams, and well-wishers for their invaluable contributions, making each conference a success. After a three-year hiatus, we take pride in announcing the eagerly awaited 6th MoChWo conference.

Collaborators and supporters of the previous conferences

Call for Paper for a Special Symposium

Symposium title: Nature and livelihoods: Leveraging social systems for sustainability among the mountain people

Mountains are a part of the global biodiversity repository and play a vital role in maintaining the global ecosystem and supporting millions of people. Mountains possess a large variation in landscape features and also act as global water towers. Similarly, mountains offer a ‘niche or comparative advantage’ at operational levels such as medicinal herbs, tourism, and hydropower. In the meantime, they are the most vulnerable to the effect of global change. Data suggest that mountain communities are among the poorest and most affected by development programs that are not tailor-made for mountain conditions.

From social perspectives, mountains are not just a bio-physical object, but they are cultural constructs, evolved through thousands of years ‘doing by learning’ to adapt in mountain hardships and maximizing the use of mountain resources sustainably. This is not well acknowledged in policy sectors although needed urgently to strengthen resilience to climate change and promote sustainable development.

This symposium focuses on the human-nature relationship in the mountain environment.

  • Adaptation or livelihood in the mountain region
  • Language, culture, and environment
  • Nexus between nature/environment and religious belief and cultural practices
  • Human dimensions of climate change
  • Meanings, symbols, and environment
  • Indigenous knowledge and practices
  • Social mechanism of resource management
  • Nexus between social-ecological system
  • Power and policies and environment
  • Ethno-perspectives on environment

There will be an online oral presentation session as a part of the 5th International Conference on “Mountains in the Channing World”. An abstract should be no more than 250 words and should contain the information about the data, methodology, and findings of the research (but no separate headings). The title should be followed by the name of the author/authors, author’s affiliation, address, email, and phone number (mobile phone number preferred).

 The accepted abstracts will be included in the abstracts and program booklet after the registration process has been completed. The notice regarding the details of registration fees and further processes will be published in the website later.

The presenters will be asked to submit their full presentation when their abstracts are accepted.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: 30 September 2020
Notification of acceptance: 01 October 2020
Conference: 8-9th October 2020

Please submit abstracts to and

For further details, please contact:

Jiban Mani Poudel, PhD
Symposium Host, Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University
Email: +(977) 9841302522

5th MoChWo Conference announced

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences is pleased to announce the 5th international conference on “Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo20). The conference will be held on 08-09 October, 2020 in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

The conference is a flagship annual program of Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS). The conference aims to provide a regular forum for scholarly interactions on various facets of mountain among international/national scholars, researchers, policy makers and students. KIAS believes that conference is an important avenue to boast international collaboration, share research findings and knowledge related to various aspects of mountains.