Call for abstracts

Designed to be a meeting place for scientists, policy makers and practitioners, the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2016 provided an opportunity for different kinds of contributions. The organizers invited participants to choose among the following:


  • Abstracts for oral presentation in Thematic Sessions (max. 300 words + 5 keywords). Thematic sessions provided academic researchers a chance to present and discuss their latest scientific findings. Researchers from non-academic settings (NGOs, government, private sector) were also invited.

  • Abstracts for a Poster presentation (max. 200 words). Posters were displayed in a prominent area next to the plenary hall. Poster presenters were present during two dedicated poster sessions. The size of posters did not exceed A0 format (84 cm x 119 cm); one-page handouts were available. Up to 3 posters were invited for a 2-minute flash presentation in the respective Thematic Session of Workshop. A prize for the best student poster was awarded during the Forum’s closing session.

  • Abstracts for a practical example in one of the following Workshops (max. 300 words): policy advocacy; scientific networking; leveraging spatial data; education for sustainable development. The purpose of workshops was to stimulate discussion and exchange between practitioners and scientists around a number of focused topics. As a consequence, presentations in workshops were short, focusing on practical insights from development projects, policy initiatives, or teaching practices.

Proposals were invited on topics broadly related to sustainable mountain development: 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 The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), Landscape ecology, Transboundary cooperation, Infrastructure


July 31: Abstract submission

August 15: Notification of abstract acceptance

November 1: Full paper submission

Abstracts were written in English. The abstract proposals were submitted to following the guidelines found here.

Scholarships were available primarily for participants from the region.