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Dear colleagues!

Additional 4 days remain to the Abstract Submission Deadline.

Please check the information in your User Menu until 28 February 2015:

1.     Be sure that you have submitted your abstracts: information about your abstracts is available in  <http://usndr.com/en/mail_link_tracker?hash=5nzwepkzsgbzsccpx9assj916doof8ujpxht7tzyyea3u9qx5j77q9c9567mkzim77xx4eh4c9adcc&url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.igu2015.ru%252Fuser> User Menu in the “View” tab. One participant can submit only two abstracts. If you are unsure, please review the instructions in the  <http://usndr.com/en/mail_link_tracker?hash=5bcaf1y6u45czycpx9assj916doof8ujpxht7tzf979r5un69kmjc5hbkiqrzowmrsmukgot4u7sok&url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.igu2015.ru%252Finstruction-abstract-submission> abstracts section.

2.     Please note that the Abstract should be in English or French languages.
Abstract submitted in other languages will be automatically rejected without any

3.     If you have not yet submitted your abstract, do not miss your chance to be a
part of the Scientific Program.





Call for Papers: 4th Annual International Conference on Geological & Earth Sciences (GEOS 2015)


4th Annual International Conference on Geological & Earth Sciences
論文投稿期限 2015年4月30日



4th Annual International Conference on Geological & Earth Sciences

(GEOS 2015)

5 - 6 October 2015
VENUE: Singapore
Full Paper Submission Deadline30 April 2015
Final Paper (Camera-Ready) Submission Deadline:30 June 2015
Early Bird Registration Deadline:31 July 2015
Late Registration Deadline:31 August 2015
Conference Dates:5 - 6 October 2015
Scientific studies of the Earth System are generally oriented towards understanding three broad and inter-related issues, namely: the origin and evolution of the Earth through geological time span of about 4.55 Ga; the formation of earth resources and their distribution in space and time; and the earth processes in land-ocean-atmosphere interfaces.

The evolution of the solid earth witnessed several bench mark events like core-mantle separation within 50 Ma since the origin of Earth, when bulk of the siderophile elements sank down to the core and the resultant thermal energy initiated the mantle convection, followed by extraction of continental and oceanic crust from the bulk silicate Earth. Mantle convection is believed to have played a significant role in several geodynamic processes including sea floor spreading, and the making and breaking of super-continents through the geological time. The formation of hydrosphere and atmosphere paved the way for the origin of life and its proliferation in water bodies and landmass from about 2500 Ma onwards.

Human civilization has always relied on various Earth resources for survival, growth and development. Geoscientists have made significant contribution in understanding the genesis and spatial distribution of resources of industrial and ore minerals, fossil fuels and groundwater. Based on this knowledge several geological, geochemical and geophysical exploration methods have been developed and these are successfully practiced for discovery of earth resources.

Earth’s surface processes on land, ocean and their interfaces with atmosphere have a direct bearing on landforms, climate, rainfall and vegetation. Understanding these processes helps in supporting agriculture, and zonation and mitigation of several natural hazards.
Keynote Address
The Conference Proceedings Print ISSN: 2251-3353, E-Periodical ISSN: 2251-3361 will be indexed by EBSCOCrossRefProQuest and will be submitted to Scopus,ScienceDirect and Cabell's Directories amongst others, where applicable.
Journal: All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Geological Sciences (JGS) (Print ISSN: 2335-6774, E-periodical: 2335-6782). All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JGS on a complimentary basis (free-of-charge). GSTF JGS is hosted and published on Springer’s Open Access publishing platform - Global Science Journals (GSJ). In addition, it will be submitted to indexed by CASEBSCOCrossRefProQuestUlrichswebCabell's Directories and will be submitted to Google ScholarIndexCopernicusScienceDirect amongst others.
Book: Selected authors will be invited to contribute book chapters in "Recent Advances in Geosciences: Global Perspective" to be published by GSTF.The book will be co-edited by Dr. M. S. Pandian, GEOS Editor-In-Chief, from Pondicherry University, India and Prof. James P. Terry from Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).
GEOS 2015 will also constitute a Special Panel Session. 
Panel Proposals: are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.
Please visit http://www.geoearth.org/Committee.html for the complete list.
For a complete list of GSTF Partner Universities, click here.


Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF)

Water, Megacities and Global Conference: Call for Papers / Deadline for abstracts submission; : 1st April





2016/01/6-9 Asian Urbanization Conference 2016

2016年1月6-9日にインドネシアで開催される Asian Urbanization Conference 2016の情報です。

Dear colleagues,

The 13th International Asian Urbanization Conference is hosted by the Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in association with the Asian Urban Research Association (AURA).

The Asian Urbanization Conferences are biennial (held every other/alternate year) and have resulted in many publications. The scholarly legacy of the original organizers and the successful history of the conferences have served to brand this conference as of a recognized quality for a diversity of scholars and practitioners across the globe.


1.     Rural-Urban Transformation
2.     Urban Resilience, Risk and Disaster Management
3.     Urbanization, Employment, and Urban Poverty
4.     Urbanization in the Era of Information Communication and Technology
5.     Urban Planning and Urban Governance
6.     Socio-economic impacts of urbanization
7.     Slum Upgrading and Capability Building
8.     Urban Futures and Aspirations
9.     Natural Resource Governance and Urbanization
10.   Communities and the Asian City
11.   Land, urban development and housing in Asia
12.   Contested Urban Public Space
13.   Innovative Approaches to Urban Issue

Important Deadlines
Abstract Submission : April 30, 2015
Abstract Acceptance Notification :  May 31, 2015
End of Early Bird Registration : June 15, 2015
Full Paper Submission : June 30, 2015
Conference : January 6-8, 2016
We would like to invite paper submission, for further detail please visit this website: http://auc2016aura.geo.ugm.ac.id/ you may also find attached the leaflet.

Please share this information to your networks and communities.
Sorry for double posting/sending

Best regards,

---AUC 2016 AURA Secretariat

Call for Contributors: Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation

Since 2013, the International Social Science Council (ISSC) has hosted two seminars for early career researchers on the topic of sustainable urbanisation and the transitions to living in urban contexts. There is a wealth of diverse and important social science research being carried out within the ISSC networks and beyond. This project aims to bring our work together quickly in an accessible format to showcase the latest social science research and thinking on sustainable urbanisation.
The project, entitled “Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social science research and transitions to urban contexts” aims to create a book of blogs ? which is a collection of short blog posts crowdsourced by, and from, our networks of social scientists working on sustainable urbanisation issues. The book will be self-published as an e-book.
Why a book of blogs?
This contemporary format is enjoying great success. In 2014, the NSMNSS (New Social Media, New Social Science) network published an e-book Social media in social research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries curated by Kandy Woodfield. The NSMNSS e-book was inspired by Humane Resourced, a book of blogs from business and human resource professionals curated by David DeSouza in 2013. We aim to replicate the success of these two books to spread the word about sustainable urbanisation within the social sciences.
The idea is to find out about each other, reach new audiences, learn from one another, curate our ideas, and disseminate our research activities. To reflect the blog format, each contribution should be no longer than 1000 words. When added together, we will have a fascinating and diverse collection of contemporary social science work on sustainable urbanisation.
Our aim is for 50 contributors but the more voices the better. You can submit more than one piece and co-authored posts are also welcome. Your post might be a short article previously published elsewhere (subject to copyright of course) or a summary of a recent journal article. It could be a position piece or a personal reflection on an urban context or issue that is important to you. All contributions are welcome! If you are interested in contributing to the ISSC book of blogs, please complete your details here. We will add you to our mail list to update on progress and details for how to submit your work.
Our aim is to publish in Summer 2015 ? urbanisation is fast, so are we!

Paul Shrivastava is Future Earth Executive Director, Review of targets for SDGs release


Paul Shrivastava named Executive Director of Future Earth

Paris, February 13th 2015 ? The International Council for Science (ICSU), on behalf of the Science  & Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, announced today the appointment of Paul Shrivastava as Executive Director of Future Earth.
Currently he is the David O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, and the Director of the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Shrivastava has more than three decades of experience in management education, entrepreneurship, and working as a consultant to major multi-national corporations.

Shrivastava, a US citizen, was born in India and works in Canada and France.  He will take up his post in early February 2015, based at the Montreal Global Hub of the Future Earth Secretariat. He will lead a globally distributed secretariat composed of five global hubs functioning as a single entity, located in Montreal, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Boulder, Colorado. The global hubs will be complemented by a set of regional hubs for the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Prime Minister of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, will hold a press conference later today in Montreal (9:30 am EST) to announce Shrivastava’s appointment. Gordon McBean, President of the International Council for Science, and co-chair of the Science & Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, will be present.

Shrivastava will work with Frans Berkhout, Interim Director of Future Earth, to ensure a smooth handover of functions from the Interim Secretariat based at ICSU in Paris to the new globally-distributed Executive Secretariat. Reporting to the Governing Council of Future Earth, the Executive Director will work closely with an Executive Team formed of the five Global Hub Directors, as well as the Chairs of the Science and Engagement Committees. Recruitment of the hub directors is currently underway.

Flavia Schlegel, co-chair of the Alliance and Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO, said, “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Shrivastava, whose unique background and skillset at the intersection of academia, business and management makes him the perfect choice to achieve the step-change in ambition that Future Earth requires.”

“I am honoured by this appointment to lead the Future Earth Executive Secretariat.  Future Earth is an organisation of thousands of volunteer scientists working in hundreds of locations around the world.  The secretariat will strive to be the glue that holds the organisation together, by facilitating and coordinating its activities, communicating with stakeholders, enabling research, building capacity, and synthesising foresights.  I look forward to joining the Future Earth team of professionals and highest calibre scientists to develop co-designed and stakeholder engaged sustainability sciences,” Shrivastava said.

Shrivastava received his PhD in Strategic Planning and Policy from the University of Pittsburgh. He was tenured Associate Professor of Management at NYU Stern School of Business, Howard I. Scott Professor of Management at Bucknell University, and helped establish the International Research Chair in Art and Sustainable Enterprise at ICN Business School in Nancy, France. He was part of the management team that launched one of India’s largest computer companies, Hindustan Computers Ltd, and founded a non-profit organisation to mediate the crisis between Union Carbide Corporation and the Indian government during the Bhopal crisis in the 1980s. He has published 18 books and over 100 papers in academic and professional journals.

The Future Earth blog has an interview with the new Executive Director.


ICSU and ISSC release “Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective“

The International Council for Science, in partnership with the International Social Science Council, released a new report today which provides an independent review of the 169 targets under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are set to be approved at the General Assembly of the UN in September.
Bringing together the work of over 40 leading researchers from across the natural and social sciences, the report is being released ahead of a major meeting at the UN in New York from 17-20 February where negotiators in the Open Working Group will discuss an over-arching declaration for the proposed framework, a “goal of the goals”.
The authors find that the SDGs offer a "major improvement" over their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, of the 169 targets beneath the 17 draft goals, just 29% are well defined and based on the latest scientific evidence, while 54% need more work and 17% are weak or non-essential.
Many of the targets suffer from a lack of integration, some repetition and rely too much on vague, qualitative language rather than hard, measurable, time-bound, quantitative targets, the report finds.
Authors are also concerned the goals are presented in ‘silos.’ The goals address challenges such as climate, food security and health in isolation from one another. Without interlinking there is a danger of conflict between different goals, most notably trade-offs between overcoming poverty and moving towards sustainability. Action to meet one target could have unintended consequences on others if they are pursued separately.
Finally, the report highlights the need for an ‘end-goal’ to provide a big picture vision for the SDGs. “The ‘ultimate end’ of the SDGs in combination is not clear, nor is how the proposed goals and targets would contribute to achieve that ultimate end,” write the authors. They recommend that this meta-goal be “a prosperous, high quality of life that is equitably shared and sustained.”
Download the full report (PDF) and the accompanying supplement “Sustainable Development Goals and Targets” (PDF) which lists all 17 goals and 169 targets. A blog post on Road to Paris explains the core findings, and includes several interviews with the researchers who wrote the assessment. The report was also covered in Science"Sustainable goals from U.N. under fire". (paywall)

Call for Oral and Poster Contributions: International Scientific Conference "Our Common Future Under Climate Change"

The international scientific conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” will take place at UNESCO in Paris in July 2015.

This four-day conference will be the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015. Building on the results of IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the conference will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues.

A call for contributions (oral and poster) is being held by the conveners of parallel sessions in close collaboration with the conference's scientific committee. Proposed contributions must be relevant to one of the themes for parallel sessions.

Once the call for contributions has closed, selected oral contributions may be included in the parallel sessions hosted by conveners or may be recommended as a poster contribution as part of the conference’s poster sessions.

For more details on how to propose a contribution, see the conference website

IPBES: Call for nominations of experts

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has put out a request for nomination of experts for a set of regional and sub-regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services, a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration, and the scoping of a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

They are in need of a broad variety of experts from various natural and social scientific disciplines and from indigenous and local knowledge systems, as well as policy and technical experts and practitioners.

Interested experts (nominees) are requested to fill out their application form no later than 31 March 2015. Nominators (governments or organisations) should submit approved applications by 5 April 2015 at the latest. Earlier nominations are encouraged.

For full details on the call and the application forms, see this page on the IPBES website.

Save the date -Cultural Mapping: Debating Spaces and Places conference



Save the date

Cultural Mapping: Debating Cultural Spaces and Places conference
22nd & 23rd October 2015

The Valletta 2018 Foundation, responsible for implementing the European Capital of culture (ECoC) project in Valletta and Malta in 2018, is pleased to announce the dates of the Second International Conference on Cultural Relations in Europe and the Mediterranean. The conference will bring together academics and practitioners to exchange experiences and debate cultural mapping and its implications within a Euro-Mediterranean context, and develop a better understanding of how various mapping practices are developing over time. The Valletta 2018 Foundation will be collaborating with the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra.

Join us for two days of plenary sessions with renowned keynote speakers, workshops and parallel sessions, speed networking and other events.

A call for papers will be issued shortly.

Further details will be issued in the coming weeks. For more information visit the 

Valletta 2018 Foundation website.

IGC2016 Beijing

IGC2016 Beijingの連絡が来ております。

Subject: IGC2016 Beijing

Submission form
Dear Chairs of the IGU Commissions and Task Forces, Please find attached the call for session proposals for the 33rd International Geographical Congress of the IGU to be held in Beijing, China, on 21-25 August 2016. We cordially invite you to submit session proposals, which will be included in the official call for papers. The deadline for submission is 15 April 2015 and registration for the Congress starts on 15 August 2015. Please distribute the information about the IGC 2016 among the members of your commission and among the institutions and associations that you cooperate with. Looking forward to receiving your proposals! With best regards, Hongyan Chen Local Organizing Committee of the IGC 2016


Latest news from ROAP

ICSU ROAP (Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific) からの SIMSEA
(Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia) に
関する情報です。ROAP はICSUのアジア太平洋地域オフィスで、
SIMSEA のスポンサーは日本のJAMSTEC(海洋研究開発機構)です。


Emeritus Professor Mohd. Nordin Hasan FASc
ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
902-4 Jalan Tun Ismail
50480 Kuala Lumpur

5th EUGEO: Abstract submission deadline extended




Dear Colleague,
We are pleased to inform you that in response to the overwhelming demand the deadline for abstract submission to the 5th EUGEO Congress (Budapest, 30 August - 2 September 2015) was extended to 15 March 2015.
We hope you consider your participation at the event.
Best regards,
The Organizing Committee


THE 7th International Symposium on Geography ”Landscapes: Perception, Knowledge, Awareness and Action”, 29-31 May 2015, Bucharest and Constanta, Romania

We are pleased to invite you at THE 7th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on GEOGRAPHY ”Landscapes: Perception, Knowledge, Awareness and Action”, 29-31 May 2015, Bucharest and Constanta, Romania
Please find attached the invitation.
More information on website:http://www.geosymposiumlandscapes.ro/
The papers will be published in Proceedings Landscapes: Perception, Knowledge, Awareness and Action, Addleton Academics Publishers, New York, U.S.A. (http://addletonacademicpublishers.com/images/stories/2012.pdf ). 
The Proceedings book is recorded in Library of Congress Online Catalog (please find attached), and it is indexed and/or abstracted in:

       CSA Worldwide gScience Abstracts
-EBSCO Discovery Service
-International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
-International Political Science Abstracts
-Index Islamicus
-Political Science Complete
-Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
-Universe Digital Library
-Contemporary Science Association Databases
It will be an honour to have you among us.

We would appreciate very much that you could pass this information to other colleagues with interest on this topic.

Best regards,
The Organizing Committee

Madalina-Teodora ANDREI, PhD.
Faculty of Geography
”Spiru Haret” University, Bucharest


IRDR Job Opportunity: Communications Officer

Current Opening:
Job Title:
 Communications Officer [Download job opening]
 Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
 International Programme Office (IPO)
 c/o Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI)
 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
No. 9 Dengzhuang Nanlu, Haidian District, Beijing 100094, China   
two years initially, renewable subject to satisfactory  performance and funding availability
Application deadline:
9 March 2015, no later than midnight China Standard Time  (CST) [Sunday, 8 March 2015, 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)]

How to Apply:

Closing date for applications: Monday, 9 March 2015, no later than midnight China Standard Time (CST) [Sunday, 8 March 2015, 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)].
Only online applications will be accepted. Please submit the following documents in PDF format (there is no application form):
  1. Application letter, explaining why you are interested in the post and outlining the skills and experiences you feel you bring to the position. Please state in your letter where you saw this vacancy notice.
  2. Current CV with your contact details, nationality and residency, giving evidence for the competencies and experiences required for this position.
  3. A list of three individuals who have indicated their readiness to provide a professional reference, providing their names, institutional or business affiliations, telephone/e-mail/Skype contacts (where available), and indicating their relationship to you.
  4. Three writing samples (maximum one A4-page each) from different media. In the case of texts (articles, brochures, books), please also provide link.
Submit applications by , stating “Application CO Post” in the subject line.
The application letter should be addressed to:
Dr Rüdiger Klein
Executive Director
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme
c/o RADI/Chinese Academy of Sciences
Room B713, No. 9 Dengzhuang Nanlu
Haidian District
Beijing 100094
Interview date: the first round of interviews will be held via Skype on 24 and 25 March 2015.



〆切延長2/18 IGUモスクワ会議発表申込





 Dear colleagues and friends!

Due to the increased interest in the abstract submission for the
Regional Conference IGU 2015 in the last few days The Organizing Committee
decided to extend the Abstract submission Deadline until February 28, 2015.

If you have not yet submitted your abstract, do not miss your chance
to be part of the Scientific Programme.

If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact the
Organizing Committee:

Concerning issues related to the scientific program you may contact:

Concerning issues related to the technical questions (accommodation,
visa support, registration, etc.) you may contact Secretariat support::

We look forward to welcoming you, your colleagues, your students and
your accompanies in Moscow.

With best regards,
The Local Organizing Committee of the Regional Conference IGU 2015