Under the framework of the Cluster of Cooperation Conéctate A+, CONDESAN, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and the University of Zurich are pleased to launch a call for abstracts for the online conference on climate change, health, and mountain ecosystems and their governance in support of sustainable development in the Tropical Andes - Central America Region (Andes+), to be held from 7-8 July, 2020.

Deadline to submit is 7 June 2020.


This conference aims to facilitate the exchange of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and practices relevant for overcoming the barriers that impede the successful implementation of sustainable development and climate adaptation policies in the Andes+ region. Through this event, the Conéctate A+ network seeks to promote prospects for collaborations, advance current debates at the nexus between climate change, health and mountain ecosystems and their governance, and showcase expertise and experiences in different (inter)disciplinary communities of practice in the Andes+ region.

The thematic focus of the conference is on climate change, mountain ecosystems, health, and their interactions under a perspective of sustainable development. Presentations sought need to explore their interplay, and their theoretical as well as methodological implications in different disciplinary approaches, interventions, and contexts. Based on the abstracts received, keynote talks, interdisciplinary thematic sessions and plenary discussions are foreseen.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts for presentations can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until 7 June, 2020 noting the following information:

  • Title of the proposed presentation, authors and their affiliations (including an indication of the presenting author), and an abstract (200 words max.)
  • Abstracts and oral online presentations can be given either in Spanish or English languages
  • The number of online presentations is limited and contributions are therefore expected to be selected on a first-come, first-serve principle (in line with the deadline of this call)

Key dates

Abstracts due: 7 June 2020
Notification of acceptance: by 22 June 2020
Conference programme launch: 23 June 2020
Conference: 7-8 July 2020

In consideration of the different time zones of participants involved the foreseen schedule is: 13:00 UTC to 18:00 UTC (e.g. 8:00 to 13:00 Lima, Quito and Bogotá time, 7:00 to 12:00 San Salvador time, or 15:00 to 20:00 Zurich time), 7 and 8 July 2020. The detailed program of the conference will be published two weeks ahead of the conference.

For more information, contact Gustavo Valdivia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The conference is hosted by the Conéctate A+ Cluster of Cooperation, and facilitated by MRI, CONDESAN and the University of Zurich.

Conéctate A+ is supported by the swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) 'Clusters of Cooperation in the Global South' (CLOCs) programme, which offers targeted support for collaboration between the various types of Swiss higher education institutions and their partners from the Global South in order to achieve an excellent standard of education, research and innovation on global challenges.

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