Call for Abstracts

Designed to be a meeting place for scientists, policy makers and practitioners from the Caucasus region and beyond, the second Caucasus Mountain Forum - 2019: The Caucasus Research Agenda - a Key to Sustainable Regional Development will serve as a basis for shaping the region’s sustainable future and among others will approve the Caucasus Research Agenda. The Research Agenda is a guide for regional research for development that is aimed towards identifying the current state of knowledge in core issue areas related to sustainable mountain development in the Caucasus region, key challenges and opportunities, and priority gaps for scientific research and development.


The second Forum will be held on 30 October - 1 November, 2019 and will be hosted by Ankara University, Turkey.

Proposals for contributions are invited on topics broadly related to sustainable mountain development and the Caucasus Research Agenda: Climate change, Biodiversity, Forest Resources, Water resources and management, Land use and land cover change, Desertification, Mineral resources, Natural hazards and risks, Population, Cultural diversity, Tourism and Recreation, Landscape planning, Urban and rural development, Regional development policy, Socio-economic development, as well as cross-cutting topics including soils, Air pollution, New and renewable energy resources, Ecosystem services and Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), Landscape ecology, Transboundary cooperation, Infrastructure and other topics.

The Forum will be organised as plenary sessionsthematic sessionsworkshops and poster presentations. The organizers invite you to choose among the following types of contributions:

  • Abstracts for oral presentation in Thematic Sessions (max. 300 words + 5 keywords). Thematic sessions provide academic researchers a chance to present and discuss their latest scientific findings. Researchers from non-academic settings (NGOs, government, private sector) are also invited.
  • Abstracts for a practical example in a Workshop (max. 300 words). The purpose of the Workshops is to stimulate discussion and exchange between practitioners and scientists. Practical examples in policy advocacy; scientific networking; leveraging spatial data; education for sustainable development, natural hazards and disaster risk reduction are expected. As a consequence, presentations in workshops should be short, focusing on practical insights from development projects, policy initiatives, or teaching practices.
  • Abstracts for a Poster presentation (max. 200 words). Posters will be displayed in a prominent area. Poster presenters are expected to be present during two dedicated poster sessions. The size of posters should not exceed A0 format (84 cm x 119 cm); one-page handouts should be made available. Moreover, up to 3 posters may be invited for a 2-minute flash presentation in relevant Thematic Sessions or Workshops. A prize for the best poster will be awarded during the Forum’s closing session.


The call for abstracts is closed.

Extended abstract submission deadline:                                    7 July, 00:00 GMT+4

Extended deadline for notification of abstract acceptance:        31 July, 00:00 GMT+4

Full paper submission:                                                                1 September

Abstracts should be written in English. Please use the Abstract Submission Form and send your proposal using the submission form to

For registration click here.

Please note that scholarships are available, primarily for participants from the region.