Center for Research on Environment, Human Security & Governance



Please complete the Online Abstract Form according to the below Submission Guidelines and send it before July 15, 2012. Acknowledgement of data reception and summary of your submission will be sent to your email address automatically.

We particularly invite contributions to the Conference that address at least one of the GECS-2012 core topics. Acceptance criteria should be highly observed.



  • There will be 4 tracks for abstract submissions:
  • Long presentation (approx. 15 min. presentation)
  • Short presentation (approx. 10 min. presentation within a discussion session)
  • Poster

The abstract shall be:

  • self-contained and citation-free
  • shall not be less than 360 words and more than 500 words
  • Abstracts are also expected to contain the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), contact information, 5 keywords, and biographical notes of author(s).
  • Authors are also invited to indicate the conference theme pertained to their proposals.

All abstracts are anonymously evaluated by the Conference Scientific Board on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity of content
  • contribution to the knowledge base/evidence base
  • Linking practice, policy and research
  • Relevance and timeliness in terms of findings and conclusions


Authors are also given the possibility to present a poster, so discussions can continue around the poster. However, it is not compulsory to bring a poster for authors who have chosen the short or long oral presentation.


  • The poster should be well conceived to facilitate readability.
  • It should contain presentation of the subject, objective, methods and tools, results, etc.
  • You do not need to put as much text because all participants will have access to your abstracts and paper, please privilege visual elements.

In general terms, please put forward the originality of your experience and knowledge pertaining to the Conference core themes. Posters can be sent to be inserted in a CD-rom, but should be brought by authors in print format and given it when they reach the Conference venue.


Without physically attending GECS-2012, and in order to minimize the participation financial and ecological foot-prints of the event, while encouraging more researchers to participate in the Conference, the Steering Board accepts the submission of a video-conference as a form of participation. More details about the technical criteria of this type of participation, will be displayed on the Conference homepage. 

Deadline for Abstract submission: July 15, 2012

Final papers

The papers shall be evidence-based and can be theoretical, empirical or policy-oriented, and can approach the conference topics from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The submitted papers  will be peer-reviewed based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to the conference themes, contributions, readability, etc. Moreover, the papers shall be unpublished, present findings from original data analysis, fill critical gaps in knowledge or policy, analyze a fundamental problem of significant scale, an emerging issue or presents a robust analytical model.

All papers shall be submitted according to these instructions: max 10000 words or 15 pages, A4 Word, one column, 12pt Times New Roman font, single space, margins width (2 cm if possible).

Papers shall include the following: Title of the paper (Title of the paper in 14pt bold), Full name(s) of the author(s), Full contact details of the author(s), Biographical note(s) of author(s) (max 150 words), Abstract (200 words) and 5 Keywords: This abstract will be also published in the conference abstract handbook.

Deadline for final paper submission: October 15, 2012.

Conference Languages

The official languages of the Conference are English and French. However, other languages can be expected depending on the total number of papers submitted. In this case, Spanish and Arabic languages are given priority. Simultaneous interpretation if necessary (especially in French and English) will be provided for delegates during the Conference venue.

Conference Proceedings

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a set of contributed volumes to be published by international publishers such as Springer (for more information, see our previous similar publications). Delegates will be also provided with a book of executive summaries reproducing all the papers presented in the Conference.



March 1st, 2012

First Announcement of the Call for Proposals 

April 15, 2012  Second Announcement of the Call for Proposals 

 July 15, 2012

 Deadline for Proposal submission

 August 1st,  2012

 Notification of abstract/proposal acceptance

 August 15,  2012

 Early-bird Registration

 September 15, 2012

 Invitation letters and preliminary program of the Conference to be sent to participants

 September 30, 2012

 Deadline for Early-bird Registration

 October 15, 2012

 Deadline for the submission of full papers to be considered for publication

 October 30, 2012

 Deadline for the submission of PowerPoint presentations

November 20-21, 2012 Training Workshops

 November 22-23-24, 2012

 Conference days

 November 25, 2012

 Field Visits