First announcement and call for papers 2001 Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 6-8, 2001


First announcement and call for papers

2001 Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 6-8, 2001

Following three successful international meetings held at Duke University (USA) in 1995, IIASA (Austria) in 1997, and Shonan Village (Japan) in 1999, the research community will meet in Brazil in 2001. Information about the previous meetings can be found on
The community is involved in research on the causes and consequences of, and responses to, global environmental change. An important goal of the meeting is to continue the exchange of information about ongoing research and the establishment and strengthening of research networks. The meeting will also seek to evaluate the progress made during the past 10 years in nurturing high quality research in this area and in related capacity building endeavours.

Particular emphasis will be placed on research reports that include a regional or "place-based" perspective and that make a linkage between natural and social sciences, as well as between local, regional and global scales.

Plenary themes of the meeting will address the challenges of integration in human dimensions research - across disciplines, across hemispheres, and across the science/ policy interface. They will also address issues of central importance to both the developed and the developing world - "urban sustainability", "vulnerability", and "poverty and the environment". One plenary talk will discuss the climate change issue in the post-Kyoto era and the implications for human dimensions research.

In addition to plenary talks, there will be a large number of sessions devoted to the presentation of research on the human dimensions of global environmental change, including topics such as land use and land cover change, energy, environmental security, industrial transformation, sustainable development, integrated assessment, population and the environment, environment and health, attitudes and behaviour, consumption, trade and the environment, environmental governance, environmental and ecological economics and the science/policy interface.

The International Scientific Planning Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts, as well as proposals for sessions. Selection of the abstracts and session proposals will be based on scientific quality and the need to develop a coherent and balanced meeting agenda. Those submitting individual abstracts will be asked to indicate whether they wish to present a paper or a poster (or either one). Those submitting proposals for entire panels will be asked to name a chair, four paper-givers, and one discussant - each paper should have its own abstract. The ISPC will also consider a small number of proposals for sessions in a round-table format. If abstracts are accepted, the ISPC will welcome submission of a full paper for publication on a CD to be distributed shortly after the meeting.

The Committee seeks the participation of researchers from a broad range of disciplines. We especially encourage researchers from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, as well as young researchers from all over the world, to submit proposals. For these categories of researchers, efforts will be made to provide financial support for participants whose abstracts are selected for presentation at the meeting. Participants from other communities, such as NGOs, business and government, will also be welcome.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and session proposals is March 29, 2001.

Information about the meeting, including instructions for the submission of abstracts, will be available on the following website:

Enquiries can be addressed to