International Environmental Experience: Applications for Belarus (IEE2003)

Venue: Vitsyebsk State University

Location: Vitsyebsk, Belarus

Event Date/Time: Nov 18, 2003 End Date/Time: Nov 19, 2003
Registration Date: Oct 07, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 07, 2003
Paper Submission Date: Oct 07, 2003
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Description

Statement of need for the project

An important issue in today’s Belarus is its citizens’ strong post-Communist illusions and low social activity, which includes also everyday neglecting environmental issues Belarus is exclusively rich in.

The country faces a jeopardizing environmental challenge. Its territory hosts a lot of industrial enterprises including chemical ones. Two symptomatic examples of them are “Polymir” plant (Navapolatsk), the biggest enterprise producing polyethylene in European part of former USSR and “Lausan” plant (Mahiliou), the biggest enterprise producing chemical fibers in all the Europe. Belarusian industries carry a potential danger for European air and water. The issue of radioactive contamination urges, too, as Belarus got the most of Chernobyl fallout in 1986.

Under rational consideration and purposeful work, environmental issues and consequently emerging environmental non-profit organizations (NPOs) can act as catalysts for political liberalization. So was in Taiwan and Bulgaria in 1980s and so can happen in Belarus. However, the broad environmental community is missing in Belarus as yet. At the same time, it could have really emerged of different profile people – professional ecologists/biologists and non-professional but spiritually concerned university faculty/students, high school teachers/pupils, journalists, NPO activists and democratic-minded deputies.

Since the environmental crisis is a crisis in minds first of all, we should popularize the world's progressive environmental concepts to create so needed community in Belarusian society: environmentalism, conservationism, deep ecology, global ethic, etc. For instance, at present students majoring in “Bioecology” at Vitsyebsk State University (VSU), who are expected to work in environmental departments of regional government and city’s municipalities, in environmental police and in this way to instantly conduct Belarusian governmental environmental policy, receive mostly technical and scientific knowledge. The major is definitely missing social courses evolving environmental consciousness and promote environmental activism.

There are people in Belarus able to influence the situation and really promote creating a socially active environmental community. They are alumni of research and educational exchange programs of the U.S., U.K. and other countries. Some of them had internships with profile “Environmental Studies”; some indicate environmental issues as their area of interests. However, even alumni with other profiles surely must have remarked and considered the broad environmental movement and the profound environmental opinions. It is supposed also that Internet and NPOs will play an outstanding role in creating the environmental community in this country.

Belarusian alumni of foreign exchange programs should meet, discuss and spread their gained international environmental experience. It should be noted, that though conferences on environmental education and upbringing are held in Belarus annually, neither international experience nor environmental concepts become a subject for discussion. We invite professional ecologists and environmentally concerned people to the conference. It should be broadly popularized in the society and contribute to solving specific environmental issues both in Belarus and Vitsyebsk Region.

The conference mission – via holding conference with participation of international educational and research programs alumni – to heighten the social activity of Belarusian citizens and to promote creating environmental and civil community in Belarus.

Within the conference framework it
planned to conduct the roundtable and the environmental exhibition, to publish collected papers (proceedings).
The conference official languages are English, Russian, Belarusian, and Ukrainian.

The conference is organized by
Vitsyebsk State University (www.vsu.by)
Vitsyebsk branch of Institute of Modern Knowledge (www.imk.edu.by)
Belarusian branch of American Center for Education and Research corporation (www.amcenter.by)
“Professionals for Development” Belarusian Association of the U.S. exchange programs alumni
Vitsyebsk Center of Internet Access and Training Program ( IATP )
Vitsyebsk English Cultural Centre

in cooperation with

"Ecavita ” Environmental Youth Association
"Kontur" Youth Initiative Center
Vitsyebsk Branch of Leu Sapiega Foundation (www.sapega.org)

The conference topic area includes but is not limited to the following:

Environmental issues of particular countries (environmental pollution, shrinking biodiversity, deforestation, GM-modified food, etc.);
World’s contemporary philosophical environmental concepts (environmentalism, conservationism, etc) ;
World’s contemporary psychological and pedagogical concepts (green psychology, holystic pedagogy, etc.);
Foreign environmental education (all aspects);
Foreign environmental journalism;
Foreign e nvironmental art and literature;
Information technology serving sustainability, improving environmental education, connecting environmentalists, and solving environmental issues;
Public participation in solving specific environmental problems;
World’s environmental movement ;
Women’s environmental movement and ecofeminism.

Registration

In order to register for the conference, you should submit an application to the organizing committee. There's no strict application form, however, it must be signed by the author/presenter and mandatory contain the following information:
the presenter(s) first and last name(s) - original and as written in the conference languages (in Belarusian, Russian, and Ukrainian the spelling may differ). The organizing committee will assist our foreign colleagues in correct transcription.
office (e.g., president, dean, chairperson, director, junior research associate, schoolteacher, etc. of university, school, environmental non-for-profit organization, etc. );
scientific or academic grade (Doktor Nauk, Dr.Hab., Ph.D., Kandidat Nauk, Master of Arts, Master of Sciences, Bachelor, etc.);
scientific rank;
affiliation (university, research institute, environmental non-for-profit organization, editorial board of a newspaper, school, governmental body, etc.);
postal address(es) including ZIP(s);
email address(es);
telephone number(s) including city and country code(s);
fax including city and country code;
year, country, institution, and educational/research exchange program (for alumni);
necessity for audiovisual means for your presentation;
necessity for hotel reservation.

We plan to include the participant data (except postal addresses) to the directory of the conference collected papers. The participant email addresses will also be placed on this website.

You should also submit 3-5 page paper and are recommended to do so via email, standard RAR- or ZIP-archived if necessary. Diskette submission is also acceptable. In any case, please make sure your submission does not contain viruses.

Submission deadline is October 7, 2003

You should submit both application and paper before this date; after this date no claims for paper publication will be accepted . However, you are welcome to contact us on other questions and to participate in the conference as a guest.with no participation fee.

Paper guidelines

Editor: Ìicrosoft Word

Style : Normal. Please do not use other styles

Format: À4 (210 õ 297 mm)

Line spacing throughout the paper: Single

Font: Times New Roman

Size: 12 pts

Margins: 25 mm each

Volume: 3-5 full pages without numbering them. This volume includes:

tables

schemes/diagrams

references in order as they appears in the text

summary of maximum 250 signs (without spaces). If the paper is in English, summary is required in Russian or Belarusian, and vice versa. We will make R/B summaries for our foreign colleagues if necessary.

Bold, italic, underlining are welcome to be rationally used in the paper. Since we plan to publish the best reports on this website, hyperlinks are welcome, too. In any case, please be so kind to care about thematic relevance of your paper, error- and virus-free submission.
Paper guidelines
Editor: Ìicrosoft Word
Style : Normal. Please do not use other styles
Format: À4 (210 õ 297 mm)
Line spacing throughout the paper: Single
Font: Times New Roman
Size: 12 pts
Margins: 25 mm each
Volume: 3-5 full pages without numbering them. This volume includes:
tables
schemes/diagrams
references in order as they appears in the text
summary of maximum 250 signs (without spaces). If the paper is in English, summary is required in Russian or Belarusian, and vice versa. We will make R/B summaries for our foreign colleagues if necessary.

Bold, italic, underlining are welcome to be rationally used in the paper. Since we plan to publish the best reports on this website, hyperlinks are welcome, too. In any case, please be so kind to care about thematic relevance of your paper, error- and virus-free submission.

Venue

33 Maskouski praspiekt
Vitsyebsk
Belarus
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Additional Information

Everyone is welcome to participate with no participation fee. However, if not registered and submitted before October 7, 2003, the participant will have to arrive and to lodge on her/his own.

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