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Call for papers

The Ravage Of The Planet 2006

First International Conference on the Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards

Organized by
The Wessex Institute of Technology
The University of Siena

Bariloche, Argentina
12 - 14 December 2006


The state of our planet continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. We have arrived at a situation where we need to determine urgent solutions before we reach a point of irreversible deterioration.
Our current civilisation has fallen into a self-destructive process by which natural resources are consumed at an increasing rate. This process has now spread across the planet in search of further sources of energy and materials. The aggressiveness of this quest is such that the future of our planet is in the balance. The problem is compounded by the pernicious effect of the resulting pollution.
Much has been written in different contexts about reaching sustainability but the concept itself needs to be defined in the framework of all different disciplines in order to arrive at optimal solutions. Hence this conference is essentially a trans-disciplinary meeting in order to find appropriate sustainable solutions, ie those involving collaboration across a wide range of disciplines.
It is time to take stock of our current situation and try to formulate constructive proposals and policies for a way forward.

Who should attend

The conference aims to attract researchers and professionals involved in ecosystems and environmental problems, as well as technologists, policy makers, social and political scientists, and experts on a wide variety of topics. The emphasis is on initiating trans-disciplinary discussions.

Paper submission

Papers are invited on the topics outlined and others falling within the scope of the meeting. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible. We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts electronically.

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference. To be fair to all participants, each registered delegate will only be able to submit one paper. The language of the conference will be English.

Please follow the link to learn further details on paper submission:

Conference themes and topics

1. Water Resources
• Water management and planning
• River basin and watershed management
• Sustainable water use
• Arid region problems
• Pollution monitoring and control

2. Air
• Air quality management
• Global and regional studies
• Climatology
• Health effects
• Biogenics and agricultural emissions

3. Soil
• Agricultural issues
• Contamination
• Underground water resources
• Remediation

4. Ecology
• Biodiversity
• Sustainability indicators
• Economic issues
• Environmental risk
• Natural resources management
• Recovery of damaged areas
• Ecosystems modelling
• Agricultural and forestation issues
• Landscape

5. Health Risks
• Water and air problems
• Radiation fields
• Food contamination
• Housing and health
• Occupational health
• Social and economic issues
• Education and health
• Exotoxicology
• Exposure and epidemiology

6. Energy
• Renewable energy
• Nuclear energy
• Hydrocarbons
• Energy balance
• Economics and political issues
• Energy conservation

7. Planning and Development
• City planning
• Regional planning
• Regional economics
• Resources management
• Tourism and the environment

8. Political and Social Issues
• Globalisation
• Social and Sociological issues
• Environmental legislation and policy
• International agreements
• Crimes against nature
• Judicial processes

9. The Re-Encounter
• Science and humanities
• Arts and sciences
• The role of philosophy in science
• Science and ethics
• Science and human rights

10. New Technologies
• The impact of the Internet Society
• Exploitation technologies
• Energy-efficient technologies
• Eco-Architecture

11. Learning from Nature
• Design in nature
• Nature and architecture
• Solutions from nature
• Arts and aesthetics
• Evolutionary studies

12. Safety
• Risk analysis, assessment and management
• Information and communication issues
• Industrial environment
• Domestic environment
• Population protection
• Transportation problems
• Emergency response
• Disaster prevention, control management and protection
• Protection of cultural and historical heritage

• Economic analysis of poverty traps and remedies to escape them
• Analysis of impacts of demographic pressure on the resource base
• Resource use, economic growth and the environmental Kuznets curve
• Options to foster pro-poor growth from sustainable use of natural resources.


All papers presented at The Ravage Of The Planet 2006 will be published by WIT Press in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment.

Conference's official web site

Please visit the conference's official web site for further details.


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