GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: CHALLENGES TO SCIENCE AND SOCIETY IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE (GLOBAL SEE)

Venue: Sofia

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Event Date/Time: Dec 25, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 28, 2008
Paper Submission Date: May 15, 2008
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Description

General information:

In the last decade, environmental changes and awareness of the impact on society, economy, local and regional development have become important research topics in Southeastern Europe. The global environmental change and its implications for the future development in the region are nowadays hot issues for politicians and this accelerates the introduction of specific measures. Research networks in related fields emerged, driven also by diverse funding schemes, e.g. programmes of the European Union.

In 1997, the first Workshop on Global Change and Bulgaria was held in Blagoevgrad Subsequently the papers and discussions of the Workshop were published by the SCCGC-BAS (Scientific Coordination Center for Global Change of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) (Hristov et al. 1999; Knight et al. 2000).

In the subsequent decade, global change science and Bulgarian participation in the global change community have grown. Thus, 10 years later it is important to again convene such a meeting to assess our knowledge of global environmental change and related impacts in Bulgaria and adjacent countries. That is why, the title of the conference, to be held in Sofia, 19-21 May 2008, is "GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: CHALLENGES TO SCIENCE AND SOCIETY IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE". This is not only because of globalization, but reflects extensive scientific cooperation in the region during the last decade.



Organizers:

Scientific Coordination Center for Global Change of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Sofia ASO Sofia



Venue: to be announced



Topics and subtopics:

Global change is the term used to encompass a multitude of environmental and ecological changes that have been noticed, measured and studied on Earth. Global environmental change encompasses the study of climate change, species extinction, land use change, changes in the carbon cycle and hydrologic cycle, air quality, etc.

Global Environmental Changes and Climate Change in Southeastern Europe (SEE)
– Climate Change: Includes research papers on global, regional (especially SEE) and local (particularly in SEE) climate variability and change – in the past, present and future; observations, indices and indicators, models, scenarios, trends, theories

– Global Change: Includes research papers on global, regional (especially SEE) and local (particularly in SEE) environmental changes (beyond climate change) – in the past, present and future; observations, indices and indicators, models, scenarios, trends, theories.

– Environmental Impacts: Includes research papers on global change (including climate change) impacts on global, regional and local environmental issues such as water resources, forests, agriculture, various terrestrial and managed ecosystems

Impacts on Society and Economy
– Includes research papers on global change (including climate change) Impacts on Global, Regional and Local Scales in Respect to Society and Economy; e.g. Impacts on human health, insurance services, infrastructure, financial and commodity markets (e.g. of agricultural production), industry, etc. These effects may be direct or an indirect result of environmental impacts.

– Global Change and Private Sector: In the era of free market economy in SEE the private sector plays an important role in the socio-economic conditions as well as environmental issues. The impact of private sector activities on global environmental change is expected to increase in the future. At the same time, the private sector seeks clear guidelines under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreements so they can plan for investments and meeting greenhouse gas reduction obligations.

– Global Change and Civil Society: Recently and in the future, SEE will become increasingly sensitive to global change. Beyond the work of scientists and actions of government, civil society has a major stake in such changes, as well as an obligation for information and action to address resulting stress as well as to exploit new opportunities

Global Change and Local Challenges
– Local Challenges: Includes research papers on local challenges as a result of global environmental changes, e.g. necessities of local measures for adaptation and mitigation due to global climate change

– From Global to Local and Vice Versa: Places and regions in aggregate create global change, and global change is experienced in human communities at similar scale. This subtopic addresses the scale differences and linkages between local, regional and global dimensions, including cross-boundary challenges within and between SEE nartions



Keynote lectures (speakers to be announced):

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: GLOBAL, REGIONAL AND LOCAL CONTEXTS

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND RELATED IMPACTS

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND SOCIETY



Important dates and deadlines:

28 February 2008: deadline for pre-registration and abstract submission and application for travel assistance

15 March 2008: Notification of the abstracts acceptance

15 April 2008: Conference programme - 1st draft

15 May 2008: Deadline for full papers submission



Sponsors:

Austrian Science and Research Liaison Offices Ljubljana and Sofia, the event is supported by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research of the Republic of Austria in the framework of its SEE science cooperation initiative

Scientific Coordination Center for Global Change of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (SCCGC-BAS)

National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology

"Knight-Staneva Foundation for Sustainability and Future Environments" in the USA

EU ADAGIO project

other sponsors which wish to contribute to the conference are welcome!



Financial support:

Financial support covering travel, hotel and visa expenses will be available for a limited number of participants from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. In particular young scientists from these countries are encouraged to apply.



Accommodation (to be announced):

sofiahotels.net

www.hotelite.net/english/

www.sofiarooms.com





Social events:

Reception: 19 May 2008

Lunches: 20 and 21 May 2008

Guided tour in Sofia downtown: 20 May 2008



Contacts:

Organizing Committee: global_conference@meteo.bg

Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Sofia (ASO-Sofia)

5 Moskovska Str., BG-1000 Sofia

Tel. +359 2 987 20 69

Fax: +359 2 986 17 54

E-mail: aso-sofia@zsi.at

http://www.aso.zsi.at

Scientific Coordination Center for Global Change of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (SCCGC-BAS)

66 Tzarigradsko shose Blvd., BG-1784 Sofia

Fax: +359 2 988 44 94

E-mail: global_conference@meteo.bg

http://global-change.meteo.bg/global_en.htm

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