19-21 March 2014
31 January 2013
Land Transformations: Between Global Challenges and Local Realities
The Land Science Community is invited to contribute sessions until the extended deadline for proposals: 31 January 2013
Rethinking land change transitions
Drastic changes in land cover and subtle changes in land management.
Potential session topics include: historic land use transitions, deforestation, agricultural intensification and alternative pathways, non-linearity and system shifts, rapid versus slow changes, land abandonment etc.
Local land users in a tele-connected world
The role of human decision making on land use as both a driver and response to global environmental change.
Potential session topics include: the role of globalization on land systems, changing rural-urban connections, certification of sustainable land management in commodity production, trade and foreign direct investment, foreign land acquisition etc.
Impacts and responses
Land systems changes to mitigate global environmental change impacts and adapt to increasing demands for food, fuel and ecosystem services.
Potential session topics include: climate-land use interactions, land change and poverty, adaptation, land use impacts on human health, land change impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity, land system architecture, land use based mitigation options, land-water interactions, human development indicators etc.
The ways in which alternative approaches to governance of land resources can enhance the sustainability transition.
Potential session topics include: role of land tenure and property rights, consumer behavior impacts on land change, role of institutions, sustainable land system transitions, markets for ecosystem services, land use policy, ethics etc.
Sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes each.
Five different session formats are described below, for each session type a template for the session proposal is provided:
Research presentation session
- 5 presentations on related topics of each 12 minutes + 3 minutes for Q&A
- Session proposers identify and confirm up to 3 presenters in the proposal
- The 2 remaining slots will be allocated by the scientific committee based on submitted abstracts favouring early career research contributions
- 5-10 minutes of the session is reserved to introduce the posters linked to the session by the session chair
Round-table discussion session
- Session starts with 3 to maximally 5 speed talks
- Speed talks are maximally 5 minutes based on 3 slides
- The speed talks are followed by a round-table discussion
- Session proposers identify the presenters and roundtable participants as well as the discussion items in the session proposal
World Cafe workshop
- Session aims at clearly specified discussion outcomes to maximally three statements/questions
- Session participants are subdivided into groups of maximally 5 participants each. Each group discusses the same question and provides a short output in about 20-30 minutes. After that new groups are formed to discuss the next question/statement. The last 30 minutes are used for a plenary synthesis of the findings by the moderator and a general discussion.
- Session proposals must include clearly specified questions and group assignments including a short abstract introducing the issues to be discussed and references to one or more background papers
Short training session
- Session proposers provide a short training on a specific topic, e.g. a specific land change model, validation approach, remote sensing interpretation etc.
- Ideas welcome, rationale, format and confirmed participants need to be indicated and very clearly specified
- Added value above other formats must be indicated