Date

To Be Announced

Location

Kathmandu, Nepal

Speakers

10 Internationally Recognized Speakers

COVID-19 Response

The coronavirus pandemic has created public health emergencies throughout the globe, with tens of millions infected and hundreds of thousands of deaths so far.  Ongoing and deepening economic consequences and disruptions in international travel have made it clear that it will not be feasible to hold the Global Conference on Environmental & Sustainability in November 2020, as planned.  The Organizing Committee has been watching this situation carefully over the last several months and has considered a number of options.  Rather than lose the opportunity to meet in person and exchange ideas with our colleagues from around the world, it has been decided to postpone the Conference and reschedule it for a future date, most likely in late 2021.  We hope that it will still be possible to hold the Conference in Nepal, but both the date and the venue will be the subject of further review.  Please continue to visit this web page for up to date information as planning proceeds.  New deadlines for abstracts and enrollment will be announced after a new conference date is confirmed.

ABOUT

Environmental quality, social justice, and economic opportunity are critical to the well-being of the planet. The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals 2015 achieved some success in reducing hunger and sending more girls to school, among other things. However, environmental sustainability in developing countries has worsened. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 were developed to address the environmental sustainability gap. Economic development, preservation of the environment, and social justice all go hand in hand.

While developed countries have been able to control contagious diseases with sewerage and water treatment, the least developed countries (LDCs) are still struggling with these issues. As a result, three times as many (25.6 million) people in LDCs die each year from mostly preventable diseases. There is a global consensus that climate change, habitat alteration, deforestation, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, overpopulation, and pollution are some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. These problems are even greater in low-income countries where resources are under pressure and poverty and hunger are already taking a huge toll in human lives. The Himalayas play a critical role as they are the tallest mountain range in the world and serve as the primary source of fresh water for more than a billion people. The Himalayas are also experiencing dramatic impacts of global climate change.

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Letter of Support from Honorable Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai

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Committees

Co-chairs

John J. Boland

Professor Emeritus

Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Rejina M. Byanju

Professor

Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal.

Mohan B. Dangi

Professor

Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA, USA

Conference Coordinator

  • Kedar Rijal, Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal

Members

  • Tarek Abichou, Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Basant Giri, Scientist, Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Chhatra M. Sharma, Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Peter D. Stahl, Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
  • Sudeep Thakuri, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal

Technical support

  • Binod D C, Developer, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Shashidhar Belbase, Assistant Professor, United Arab Emirates University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Chandika P. Bhatta, Executive Director, Ministry of Industry, Government of Nepal
  • Dinesh Raj Bhuju, Academician, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology
  • Jih-hsing Chang, Professor, ChaoYang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Ram P. Chaudhary, Professor Emeritus, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Ronald R.H. Cohen, Emeritus Professor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA
  • Beni B. Dangi, Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Sadikshya R. Dangi, Research Biologist, US Department of Agriculture, Parlier, CA, USA
  • Rashila Deshar, Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Koji Fujita, Associate Professor, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
  • Anish Ghimire, Assistant Professor, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Walter W. Immerzeel, Associate Professor, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Bidhya Kunwar, Research Scientist, Hexion Inc., Eugene, OR, USA
  • Om Kurmi, Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Szabolcs Lengyel, Scientific Advisor, Hungarin Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
  • Sadhana Pradhananga, Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Deep N. Shah, Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Michael A. Urynowicz, Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
  • Rameshwor Adhikari, Executive Director, Research Center for Applied Science & Technology, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Dharma K. Baskota, Vice Chancellor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Thomas Buchanan, President Emeritus, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
  • Michelle DenBeste, Dean, College of Social Sciences, California State University, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Dinesh C. Devkota, Former Vice Chair, National Planning Commission, Nepal
  • Cheng-di Dong, Professor, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Yubak Dhoj GC, Secretary, Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development, Government of Nepal
  • Ganesh R. Joshi, Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Nepal
  • Tirth R. Khaniya, Former Vice Chancellor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Ram P. Khatiwada, Dean, Institute of Science & Technology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Madan Koirala, Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Krishna P. Oli, Member, National Planning Commission, Nepal
  • Thomas B. Robertson, Former Executive Director, US Educational Foundation Nepal (Fulbright-Nepal)
  • Erica Schoenberger, Professor, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Ganesh Shah, Former Minister, Ministry of Environment, Science & Technology, Nepal
  • Lekhnath Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Nepal Open University, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Jagan N. Shrestha, Professor, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk, Nepal
  • Timothy M. Stearns, Professor, California State University, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Sudha Tripathi, Rector, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • John U. Trefny, President Emeritus, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA
  • Tomasz Wielicki, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Bhagirath Yogi, Former Journalist, BBC, London, UK
  • Rabindra N. Bhattarai, Professor, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Pulchowk, Nepal
  • Binod Dawadi, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Man Kumar Dhamala, Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Udhab R. Khadka, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Ramesh R. Pant, Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Khem N. Poudyal, Professor, Institue of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Pulchowk, Nepal
  • Ramesh P. Sapkota, Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Suman Man Shrestha, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal
  • Laba P. Tripathee, Former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education and Sports, Nepal

Speakers

Jason Shogren

Plenary Speaker

Member of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winning IPCC Reports/Stroock Chair of Natural Resource Conservation and Management, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA

GEORGE TCHOBANOGLOUS

PLENARY SPEAKER

Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

Bindu N. Lohani

Distinguished Speaker

Global Head of Climate Change Practices and Distinguished Fellow, The Centennial Group, US and Former Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank

Jagadish C. Pokharel

Distinguished Speaker

Former Vice Chair National Planning Commission, Nepal and Immediate Past President of Regional & Urban Planners Society of Nepal (RUPSON).

Robert L. Siegrist

Distinguished Speaker

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado, USA

Swarnim Wagle

Distinguished Speaker

Chairman of the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), a South Asian policy think tank.

Ashok Deshpande

Professor

Founding Chair, Berkeley Initiative on Soft Computing, University of California, Berkeley, USA/Adjunct Professor, COEP, Pune, India

Tanzima Yeasmin

Professor

Professor & Chair, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Fan Zhang

Professor

Professor, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinse Academy of Sciences, China

Ruey-an Doong

Professor

Distinguished Professor and Dean of International College, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Shichang Kang

Professor

Director of State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, China

Vice-President, Society of Solid Waste Management Experts in Asia and Pacific Islands (SWAPI) and Senior Editor-in-Chief, Waste Management & Research journal

Anil Shrestha

Professor

Chair, Department of Viticulture & Enology and Professor of Weed Science, California State University, Fresno, California, USA

Other Confirmed Speakers

  • Sean Boyd, Instructor, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Michelle DeBeste, Dean, College of Social Sciences, California State University, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Arnico K. Panday, CEO, Ullens Education Foundation, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Krishna R. Reddy, Professor and Director, Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA
  • Rajan Ghimire, Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA
  • Franco Salerno, Senior Scientist, Italian National Research Institute, Brugherio, Italy
  • Masaru Tanaka, President, SWAPI and Professor Emeritus, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
  • Tao Yang, Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
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Registration

We encourage interested individuals to register for the conference electronically as quickly as possible. All registrants will receive a confirmation after successful registration. Oral and poster presenters will be provided with further information after acceptance of their abstracts on or after June 16, 2020.

Important Dates

May 15, 2020: Abstract submission deadline

June 15, 2020: Notification of acceptance of abstracts

July 15, 2020: Early-bird registration ends

November 22-24, 2020: Conference

 

Early-bird registration for participants from:

Nepal $100
Developing Countries* $150
Developed Countries* $350

Standard registration for participants from (After July 15, 2020):

Nepal $150
Developing Countries* $200
Developed Countries* $450

 

* The classification of countries for registration will be based upon International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s definition of Advanced Economies (Developed Countries) as listed here.

Developing Countries are defined as those not on the IMF list of Advanced Economies.

Registration cost includes conference booklet, tea and coffee twice in Day 1 and 2 and once on Day 3, lunch and dinner in Day 1 and 2, and certification of completion if requested.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Registration is fully refunded with 25% service charge if informed before October 15, 2020. After that, no refunds will be provided.

Early-bird registration ends July 15, 2020.

Schedule / dont forget it

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Day 1 Hall A – Lesson 1

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Day 1 Hall A – Lesson 2

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Day 1 Hall B – Lesson 1

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Introduction Hall C

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Day 1 Hall C – Lesson 1

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Day 1 Hall D – Lesson 1

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Day 2 Hall A – Lesson 1

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Day 2 Hall A – Lesson 2

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Day 2 Hall B – Lesson 1

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Day 2 Hall C – Lesson 1

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Event Schedule 3

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Day 3 Hall C – Lesson 1

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FAQs / find your answers

We will update this as soon as we confirm the venue. Please check back here for special hotel rates  
The GCES 2020 will be held from November 22 to 24, 2020.
We expect about 500 participants from around the world.
To view abstract submission guidelines and to submit an abstract, you will need to access the abstract submission portal at https://globalconferencenepal.org/abstract-submission/.
No. Registration and abstract submission are two separate processes. All attendees must register and pay in full to attend the conference; this policy includes invited authors and conveners.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be emailed on or after June 15, 2020.
Rooms will be available at the conference site in (TBD) for a discounted price. Check the conference website after registration. In addition, a list of suggested hotels in the area will be available in the website later.
Review the presenter guidelines for oral and poster presentation when it’s available at the conference website.
No. Payments must be made in advance by the registration deadline. The organizing committee may allow desk payment for pre-approved requests only.
Registration cost includes conference material, tea and coffee during the conference, lunch in Day 1 and Day 2 and dinner in Day 2, access to all sessions, and certificate of participation if requested.
No. The registration package does not include accommodation.
You can find more information at https://globalconferencenepal.org/visa-information/ or visit the official visa site for Nepal as early as possible at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/visa
Yes. The certificate of presentation/participation will be provided to the authors/attendees when requested.
There are no travel grants.  However, certain participants from developing countries may be eligible to receive an Early Career Encouragement Award or a Women in Science and Engineering Award.  See the Awards section under the Resources menu.
The conference organizers are happy to provide you an invitation letter to accompany your official processing, including visa application after full payment is received. We recommend that as soon as you register and pay the fees in full; please contact us at gces@globalconferencenepal.org with your request. You will receive a PDF printable file on letterhead via email attachment. If you requested the invitation letter, but are unable to acquire a visa for travel, the conference organizers will refund your registration fees in full if you notify us on or before October 15, 2020.
 Cancellations must be made in writing and may be emailed to gces@globalconferencenepal.org on or before October 15, 2020.  Registration is fully refunded except for a 25% service charge if we are informed of the cancellation before this date.  After October 16, 2020, no refunds will be provided.  You may substitute another individual for the same event/date and location without incurring the cancellation fees.
Yes. The conference has worked with a professional trekking company in Nepal for five to seven days of trekking, mountain biking, and site seeing. For details contact bidc@uscsd.edu or visit: https://globalconferencenepal.org/trekking/
It is post-monsoon season, and the expectation is to have fair weather with clear skies. It is considered the best period for people to visit Nepal. For your comfort, business casual is appropriate. We suggest you dress in layers as the temperature in the meeting rooms can vary considerably. If you are planning to take part in post-conference trekking in the Annapurna Conservation Area, you may want to bring light jackets and your trekking gear. You may find the details of the cost and planning of this guided trek to one of the most sought after hiking destinations in the planet at https://globalconferencenepal.org/trekking/.
If you have any questions or suggestions related to the conference, please contact the office of the GCES Secretariat in Kathmandu, Nepal (sthakuri@cdes.edu.np/ +977 985 110 1011) or in California, USA (mdangi@csufresno.edu/+1 559 278 4857).

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