PRE-CONGRESS SEMINAR

Commissions for Local and Regional Development and Land Use and Land Cover Change
at the International Geographical Union (IGU)
and
Bulgarian National Science Program “Environmental Protection and Reduction of Risks of Adverse
Events and Natural Disasters”

PRE-CONGRESS SEMINAR ON LOCAL AND REGIONAL ASPECTS OF NATURAL HAZARDS

12 – 13 August 2021, Varna, Bulgaria

Dear colleagues,
We would like to invite you to the face-to-face only, pre-Congress seminar on Local and Regional Aspects of Natural Hazards, organized by the International Geographical Union (IGU) commissions for Local and Regional Development and Land Use and Land Cover Change, and the Bulgarian National Science Program “Environmental Protection and Reduction of Risks of Adverse Events and Natural Disasters”, on August 12 and 13 in Varna, Bulgaria.
The seminar will end with a bus trip to Istanbul (approx. 50 EU), for those willing to participate in the IGU Congress or just visit Istanbul. Please make a reservation at the address below!

Registration Fee
There is no seminar participation fee.

Call for papers
The Commissions for Local and Regional Development and Land Use and Land Cover Change at the International Geographical Union (IGU) and the Bulgarian National Science Program “Environmental Protection and Reduction of Risks of Adverse Events and Natural Disasters” are pleased to announce a call for papers for the Pre-Congress Seminar on Local and Regional Aspects of Natural Hazards, to be held on 12th-13th of August 2021. We currently seek submissions of abstracts within any of the sub-themes by 30th of June 2021. Send abstract (300-500 words) in doc format, as an attachment, to Velimira Stoyanova stoyanovavelimira@gmail.com. The language of the Seminar is English. Following acceptance of abstracts, authors will be notified and invited to submit complete papers for peer review. Selected seminar papers will be published in a refereed, nationally indexed volume.

Main topics
The ultimate goal of the Varna seminar is to provide an international venue for exchange, publication, promotion, and collaboration on the latest geoscience research, which will contribute to a safer and sustainable future of humanity on Planet Earth by addressing fundamental and applied aspects of society’s protection from nature-based adverse events, hazards, and disasters. Provision of evidence-based geoscience and public health status information, sharing physical geography databases, knowledge, and understanding will support building of a collaborative community of researchers, set on producing geoscientific expertise, crucial for meeting global societal challenges.

The Seminar will cover a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  1. Local and Regional Vulnerabilities to Natural Hazards – Resilient Cities and Communities

2. Challenges of Urban and Rural Areas – Impacts on Local and Regional Development

3. Socio-economic Disparities and Local and Regional Development

4. Land Use/Cover Change and Land Degradation

5. Causes and Consequences of Land Use/Cover Changes

6. Ecosystem Services

7. Biodiversity

8. Natural Hazards and Risks

9. Geographic Information Science

Venue
The seminar will take place at the Creativity House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), situated at the Black Sea coast. The address is: Bulgaria, Varna, Chaika quarter, bus stop “Journalist”, 43°15’50.3″N 28°01’53.9″E; 43.263963, 28.031628. (web site: https://bas-chg.com/).

Accommodation
The costs for accommodation and board (3 meals/day) are 65 € per day (single room) or 45€ (double room). Please reserve your room ASAP, as single rooms are limited in number! For reservations: Ms. Diana Tuzharova, e-mail: tdban_varna@abv.bg, mobile: +359-889-804-757. The name of the “seminar” taxi company, with an office at Varna Airport, that will handle your transfer from/to airport at your expense will be announced in advance, as well as the negotiated special price.

Excursions (optional)
Short visits to Nature Park “Zlatni Pyasatsi” (Golden Sands) with options for trekking and the botanical garden and winery (w/ tasting) of the Euxinograd State Residence will be offered. Everybody can enjoy the beach, a 15-minute walk from our place of stay. The seminar will take place, dependent on the IGU Congress, so final decision will be taken in May.

Scientific Committee
Barbaros Gönençgil (Turkey), Vice President of Turkish Geographical Society, Vice President of the IGU, Head of LOC 2021 IGC İstanbul, Istanbul University
Jerzy Bański (Poland), Chair, Commission on Local and Regional Development at the IGU, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences
Monica Dumitrascu (Romania), Chair of IGU-LUCC Commission, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy
Ines Grigorescu (Romania), Vice-Chair, Commission on Local and Regional Development at the IGU, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy
Michael Sofer (Israel), Honorary member, Commission on Local and Regional Development at the IGU, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University
Matej Gabrovec (Slovenia), Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Monika Kopecká (Slovakia), Institute of Geography, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Kostadin Ganev (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Nikolay Rachev (Bulgaria), Faculty of Physics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Bilyana Borisova (Bulgaria), Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Boian Koulov (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Georgi Gadzhev (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Emil Burnazki (Bulgaria), Climate, Atmosphere and Water Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Marian Varbanov (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Nikolay Valchev (Bulgaria), Institute of Oceanology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Reneta Dimitrova (Bulgaria), Faculty of Physics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Kristalina Stoykova (Bulgaria), Geological Institute “Strashimir Dimitrov” at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Anna Ganeva (Bulgaria), Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Steliyan Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Boyko Berov (Bulgaria), Geological Institute “Strashimir Dimitrov” at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Dimcho Solakov (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Iva Apostolova (Bulgaria), Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Anton Popov (Bulgaria), Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Velimira Stoyanova (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Organizing Committee
Boian Koulov (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Monica Dumitrascu (Romania), Chair of IGU-LUCC Commission, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy
Nikolay Rachev (Bulgaria), Faculty of Physics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Bilyana Borisova (Bulgaria), Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Velimira Stoyanova (Bulgaria), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy, and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Ms. Nelly Bratoeva (Bulgaria)
Ms. Diana Tuzharova (Bulgaria)