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Land system science scholars will be confronting such questions at the 4th Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme (GLP 4th OSM 2019). It will be held from the 24-26 of April 2019 in Bern, Switzerland and will focus on topics and themes that aim to advance our understanding of how land systems can form the basis for sustainability transformations.
The land system science community is organized within the Global Land Programme (GLP), a Global Research Project of the Future Earth initiative. GLP is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability and represents the largest international research network in this field.
This conference represents a unique opportunity to build and enhance scientific capacity and enable transformations to a sustainable future by identifying core questions, synthesizing research, and setting future agendas. Conference attendees will strive to develop connections between researchers and stakeholders from civil society, government, and the private sector, and to bridge science and decision-making for sustainable management and governance of land use worldwide.
Session proposals are now invited that represent relevant and innovative research in land systems science within the three following main conference themes:
1. WHAT ARE THE VISIONS FOR THE PLANETARY LAND SYSTEM? LAND AS THE NEXUS FOR ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Understanding land systems is key to addressing many complex threats facing the planet. This theme will focus on land systems science insights into complex human-natural system problems in the Anthropocene such as climate change, food security, and conservation of biodiversity. Questions and insights arising from integrated assessment, scenario research, geospatial analysis, earth system science, and modelling, as well as research focused on telecoupled systems and social and environmental impacts will help to build common understanding of land systems science as a nexus for developing global solutions. Critical discussions on bold large-scale approaches that propose optimal visions - including bioenergy transitions and land-based negative emissions, and rewilding visions such as Half-Earth - are encouraged.
2. WHAT DO PEOPLE WANT FROM LAND? NAVIGATING THE TRADE-OFFS AND FOSTERING SYNERGIES IN LAND SYSTEMS
Solutions to global challenges will only be viable when they are designed to meet the needs and value the priorities of peoples and communities. This theme will focus on taking into account the multiple goals, values, norms, and functions that people assign to land, how they actually manage land systems, what solutions they are building, and who decides what to do with land. Sessions are welcome that explore how issues of land tenure, conflicts and power, nature and health, co-production of ecosystem services and agrobiodiversity, food systems and livelihoods, human mobility and migration, multifunctional land uses, large-scale land acquisitions, soil degradation, and landscape restoration, among others, can be articulated into local and global narratives that are safe and just.
3. HOW DO WE SUPPORT TRANSFORMATION? NEW FRONTIERS IN STUDYING AND GOVERNING LAND SYSTEMS
Land system transformations in response to global challenges are already underway. The science community addresses such transformations in part by working to understand changes and evaluating their contribution to global sustainability transitions. Such approaches include techniques such as remote sensing, agent-based modelling, crowd-sourcing, and 'Big Data.' Others are advancing the science of measuring economic, social, and legal aspects of land system change or studying the territorial and flow-based governance of social-environmental systems, such as land reforms, land use planning, or supply-chains governance. Engagement with stakeholders can involve participatory research methods building on indigenous knowledge, ethnographies, and other qualitative analysis. Recent normative science includes the co-production of knowledge, and policy and program evaluation. Contributions on the application of these tools to manage global challenges and support an equitable and productive future are encouraged.
The conference will use various session formats to confront these challenges, including presentations of the latest research findings, identification of new challenges emerging from science, stakeholder engagement opportunities, and learning through immersive and integrative formats. The conference will feature plenary keynotes, parallel-keynote sessions, research presentation sessions, innovative and immersive sessions, short training and workshop sessions, and poster sessions. The Science Committee will balance session proposals received across the different formats to ensure a dynamic, interactive meeting.
Sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes each. Participants are invited to submit session proposals under one of the formats listed below. Based on the selected session proposals, a call for abstracts will be launched. Proposals for innovative formats not listed below are also welcomed, with pre-approval from the Science Committee (please contact Patrick Meyfroidt: firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. Research presentation sessions
Session submission deadline: 27 August 2018
Abstract submission opens: 15 September 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 30 October 2018
Abstract acceptance notification: 15 December 2018
For more information and to submit your session proposal, please visit the GLP website.