Abstract Submissions for Presentations

Conference Registration –  ACTIVE FROM 1st JUNE

Current situation regarding COVID-19

Dear colleagues,

we are happy to invite you to the 1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum. The forum is part of a newly established conference series and will take place on October 5th and 6th in Sexten | Sesto, in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites in Italy.

We are well aware that the present coronavirus pandemic may influence your decision on whether to participate in the forum. Therefore, the Organising Committee of the GMS Forum 2020 is closely monitoring the developments and will take any necessary measures in time so that all participants will be informed in time and will get a full refund of their fees in case of cancellation. But due to the current precautionary measures all over the world, we hope that the situation will calm down soon and that the GMS Forum will take place as planned.

For this reason, we would like to encourage all those interested to proceed with abstract submission by no later than 30th April.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions!

Current situation regarding COVID-19

Dear colleagues,

we are happy to invite you to the 1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum. The forum is part of a newly established conference series and will take place on October 5th and 6th in Sexten | Sesto, in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites in Italy.

We are well aware that the present coronavirus pandemic may influence your decision on whether to participate in the forum. Therefore, the Organising Committee of the GMS Forum 2020 is closely monitoring the developments and will take any necessary measures in time so that all participants will be informed in time and will get a full refund of their fees in case of cancellation. But due to the current precautionary measures all over the world, we hope that the situation will calm down soon and that the GMS Forum will take place as planned.

For this reason, we would like to encourage all those interested to proceed with abstract submission by no later than 30th April.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions!

About

In the epoch of Anthropocene, where humans have a significant impact on the Earth’s geology and ecology, the sustainability of our social-economic systems is the basic prerequisite for the long-term existence of mankind. Any pathway towards such sustainability necessarily calls for deep transformations of our society and will require complementary actions by governments, civil society, science, and business (Sachs et al., 2019). By and large, it remains unclear if and how respective processes of societal and institutional upheavals may be initiated and will take place. Nevertheless, sustainability has turned into a matter of individual lifestyle and individual daily choices rooted in common values in parts of the society.

Acknowledging the necessity of fundamental changes, the United Nations and its member states have been developing a framework for national action and global cooperation: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the respective 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With only 10 more years left to achieve these goals, the United Nations’ Secretary-General has raised a universal call to mobilise for a decade of global, local and people action. At the core of this call is the need to tackle growing poverty, empower women and girls, and address the climate emergency.

Within this context, the newly established Global Mountain Sustainability Forum (GMS Forum) conference series will discuss particular challenges concerning sustainability in mountain regions, which also provide invaluable ecosystem services for lowlands and their populations; these are often not appropriately taken into account in policies and decision-making processes. The GMS Forum 2020 event will tackle sustainability governance issues at the crossroads between international frameworks and local contributions focusing on the topics of tourism and natural resource management.

Key dates

30 April

Submission deadline for abstracts

31 May

Final notification of acceptance

1 June

Open registration

30 June

End of registration for accepted contributors

15 September

End of registration

Call for Presentations

All scientists, researchers and students are invited to submit their application to present their research on occasion of the 1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum, on October 5-6, 2020. Presentations are expected to be addressing research topics across all disciplines related to challenges and opportunities for sustainability governance, in line with the focus of GMS Forum 2020 in Sexten | Sesto.

Applicants should submit an abstract, indicating a preliminary title, and presenting a short summary of no more than 350 words. Abstracts should include the specific research question, the theoretical and methodological approach and, where applicable, the data used. Interdisciplinary topics are particularly welcome.

Abstracts must be submitted by no later than Thursday, April 30th, 2020 and should be assigned to one of the four thematic sessions. When successful, presenters will be notified by the organisers, and invited to register to the conference by June 30th.

Successful authors will be asked to:

  • prepare a two minutes “Elevator-Presentation” for the audience and
  • prepare a poster showcasing the research for a more detailed discussion in smaller groups.

Questions to be addressed include but are not restricted to:

  • How can the implementation of international frameworks for sustainable development at the local level be facilitated? What are inherent complexities?
  • Who is holding the responsibility of initiating and shaping sustainable governance in mountain regions?
  • What is the role of the interaction between science-policy interfaces with the private sector, in the process towards sustainable development? How can synergies be improved?
  • What are the difficulties/challenges for achieving transdisciplinarity in sustainable development?

Presentation modalities

The Global Mountain Sustainability Forum (GMS Forum) 2020 has foreseen Elevator-Presentation sessions, giving scientists the opportunity to present their research in a concise and direct form, within maximum two minutes time. Based on the “Elevator Pitch” technique, presenters must be able to engage the audience and present their work with the short time they are given.

In addition to the oral presentation for the whole audience, authors are asked to prepare a poster (poster format A0), which will serve as support to answering questions during additional time dedicated to discussion. Presenters are invited to stand by their poster and engage with the audience.

NOTE:

  • Authors are invited to print their posters prior to the conference. When not possible, please contact the Organising Committee no later than a week prior to the conference.
  • There are no opportunities for printing in Sexten | Sesto.

Abstract Submission

Please follow the submission guidelines when completing the abstract form and please be aware of the word limits.

Abstracts can only be submitted online and in English.

We’re going green!

The 1st Global Mountain Sustainability Forum will be a going Green Event.

Green Events are events that are planned, organised and implemented according to sustainability criteria, such as the use of environmentally friendly products, energy efficiency, waste management, regional value creation and social responsibility.

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