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International Conference on Mountains to be held in Kathmandu

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By Pushkar Bhusal

The Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) will host and organize the second international conference on “Mountains in the Changing World” (#MoChWo 2017) from 27-28 October 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is an annual event co-organized by faculty of health sciences, Pokhara University, Nepal and aims to bring researchers, students, scientists, and policy makers together to share their research findings and experiences. The two-day event will cover a wide range of topics such as disasters, resilience, and adaptation; biodiversity conservation; climate change; environmental pollution; forest management; soil, water and atmospheric research. The first version of MoChWo conference, the #MoChWo 2016, was held in the Grand Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal from 1-2 October, 2016 in which researchers from 10 countries had delivered 106 scientific presentations and was attended by more than 160 participants.

According to Dr. Basant Giri, the convener of MoChWo 2017 conference, major theme of this year’s conference has been finalized as air pollution: mechanism and consequences. Dr. Giri added, “as Kathmandu is witnessing a worst situation of air pollution in recent years this conference will help to understand the reasons behind the pollution, its impact on our health and ecosystem, and possible remedies”. The conference will include plenary session, specialized symposiums, parallel sessions, poster sessions, and policy dialogue. Student presenters will be awarded with best poster and oral presentation awards during the conference. At this point the confirmed guest speakers are Prof. Shu Tao from Chinese Academy of Science, China and Dr. Andreas Markwitz from New Zealand.

KIAS is a non-profit science based research institution in Nepal. Scientists at KIAS are leading various multidisciplinary researches in both fundamental and applied areas ranging from biodiversity and climate change to the development of new technologies for chemical and biological analyses in pursuit of the advancement of knowledge in science and technology.

The details of MoChWo 2017 conference can be found in the conference website ( Anyone interested to present at this conference has to submit abstract of presentation. Experts in the field subject the abstract to review and decide if it is appropriate for the conference. The abstracts must be submitted online and the online submission will start from 2 April.

Important dates of the conference are:

Abstract submission: 2 April to 22 August
Early bird registration: 2 April to 31 August
Regular registration: 1 September to 22 September