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2nd International Young Scientists' Global Change Conference

Location: Beijing, China
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2006-11-07    
End Date: 2006-11-08

Event Description:
The International Young Scientists' Global Change Conference offers a prestigious platform for young scientists to present their research findings to leading scientists in the field. It is intended to stimulate competition, encourage excellence, reward outstanding performance and foster the development of personal and institutional networks. The conference precedes the Earth System Science Partnership's Open Science Conference, Global Environmental Change: Regional Challenges (November 9-12, 2006, Beijing International Conference Center) and it is expected that all the young scientists will participate in the Open Science Conference.

Awards will be granted for most outstanding contributions in both paper and poster categories and awardees will be invited to present their research to the Open Science Conference. Distinguished invited keynote speakers will give plenary presentations. Sessions will be chaired by leading members of the global change research community. The conference is endorsed by the Earth System Science Partnership and is being organized by START, the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training.

Global environmental change refers to change occurring in the interactive physical, chemical and biological processes that regulate
the earth system, the role of human activities influencing such change and its societal consequences. Global environmental change
includes both (i) environmental changes which impact the functioning of a global system and (ii) localized environmental changes whose
cumulative impacts are widespread or which impact a significant fraction of a global resource. The former, termed systematic global change, is exemplified by the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate system and of ozone-depleting substances on the stratosphere. The later, termed cumulative global change, is exemplified by widespread localized problems such as groundwater depletion, deforestation and species extinction that may affect a large portion of the world's groundwater supply, forests or biological diversity.

Call for Papers

Submissions of papers are invited from young scientists (age 35 years or less) on physical, biological and human aspects of global change. Papers utilizing interdisciplinary approaches that address the earth system are encouraged. Selection shall be on the basis of scientific excellence, taking into account the need to achieve a thematic and regional balance. Applicants must be the principal author on the submitted paper. Participants will be notified at time of selection if they have been selected for a paper or poster presentation. Authors will be encouraged to publish their presented material in international journals. All presenters of posters will be given the opportunity to make a 2-minute oral presentation.

Expressions of Interest
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a preliminary Expression of Interest form by Tuesday, November 15, 2005 to facilitate conference organization, ensure relevancy to the conference topic and receive application instructions.

Conference applications are due on Wednesday, March 1, 2006.
Applications consist of: a) an application form, b) an abstract (not to exceed 300 words) and c) a short curriculum vitae.

Expression of Interest Forms and Application Instructions are available through the START website ( or through the

Conference organizers at: The language of the conference is English.
All inquires and submissions must be made electronically to Conference organizers at:

Notification of acceptance will be received by the end of June 2006. Additional information including details about the conference
arrangements, venue and scientific programme will be provided at that time to participants.


Wherever possible, those having papers/posters accepted will have their full costs covered. Depending on funds available, participants from developed countries may be required to cover some portion of their expenses.


The conference will be held at the Beijing International Convention Center in conjunction with the ensuing Earth System Science
Partnership's Open Science Conference. It is expected that accommodation will be provided within the Center.


Expression of interest form: 15 November 2005
Abstract submission: 01 March 2006
Notice of acceptance: 30 June 2006
Registration form deadline: 15 July 2006


Questions should be directed to Ms. Amy Freise via the Conference email ( All application and conference information will be posted as it becomes available on the START website (
Information on the Open Science Conference is available on its website (

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Conference programme

Sun, 5 Nov: Registration and welcome reception
Mon, 6 Nov: Conference excursion
Tue, 7 Nov: Opening and Conference Day 1
Wed, 8 Nov: Conference Day 2, closing ceremony, dinner and awards

Collaborators and organisers:

The conference is being organized by START on behalf of the ESSP. The Chinese Meteorological Administration is serving as local host with the START Temperate East Asia Regional Center assisting with local organization. Sponsorship by other international global change
programmes is pending.

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Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

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External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by WardAppeltans on 2005-10-06 and approved by webmaster