The IGU Commission Conference Global Rural Development and Land Capacity Building

August 26-29, 2017
Yulin, Shaanxi, China

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The IGU Commission Conference

Global Rural Development and Land Capacity Building

August 26-29, 2017, Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, China

(Second-round announcement)

Organized by:

International Geographic Union (IGU) Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering;

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS);

Beijing Normal University.

Co-organized by:

Journal of Rural Studies; Journal of Geographical Sciences; Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS;

The Geographical Society of China; Yulin Municipal Government; Yulin University;

Academician & Expert Workstation of Yulin University, Yulin Academy of Agricultural Sciences;

Key Laboratory of Degraded and Unused Land Consolidation Engineering (KLLCE), Ministry of Land and Resources of China (MLR)

Rural decline has inevitably accompanied the increasing global levels of urban development. Issues such as rural depopulation, industrial recession, problems of agricultural security and abandoned land have swept both developing and developed countries. As a result, the development capacity of villages has fallen and threatened their sustainability and resilience. Changing socioeconomic and climate conditions pose great challenges to global food security, rural sustainability and poverty reduction.

The transformation of human socio-economic activities associated with rural decline also exert further impacts on land use changes in these areas, such as farmland loss, land use inefficiency and abandoned residential land. Thus, the enhancement of land capacity plays an important role in coordinating the human-land relationship and sustaininging rural development and food security globally. The conference "Global Rural Development and Land Capacity Building" aims to analyse rural decline and investigate the relationship between rural transformation and land use with a view to contributing to sustainable agriculture and rural development. This conference is the inaugural conference of the IGU Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering which was formally estabilished in late 2016.

The conference will include plenary, oral, and poster sessions. The topics of the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Rural transformation and restructuring
  • Rural diversity and development modes
  • Rural economy, rural spaces and globalization
  • Land engineering and modern agriculture
  • Land consolidation and rural reconstruction
  • Rural hollowing and land system innovation
  • Poverty reduction and rural inclusive growth
  • Rural environment and clean production
  • MORE+ Keynote speakers

    We are happy to invite ten keynote speakers to share their knowledge and reserach progress in the fields of global rural development and land capacity building.

    Michael E. Meadows, Academician, Professor

    Head of Department of Environmental and Geographical Science,

    University of Cape Town, South Africa

    Secretary-General and Treasurer of the IGU

    Bojie Fu, Academician, Professor,

    President of The Geographical Society of China,

    Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, China

    Editor of Chinese Geographical Science


    Fahu Chen, Academician, Professor,

    Vice-president of Lanzhou University, China

    Deputy editor of Frontiers of Earth Science


    Holly Barcus, Professor and Chair

    Department of Geography, Macalester College, USA

    Co-Chair, IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems

    Guy M Robinson, Professor,

    Department of Geography, Environment and Population,

    University of Adelaide, Australia

    Editor of Land Use Policy

    Hans Westlund, Professor,

    Head of Department of Urban Planning and Environment,

    Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

    Editor of Springer Book Series Advances in Spatial Science


    Brigitte Nougarèdes, Professor, Sociologist -engineer

    Department of Science for Action and Development,

    French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France


    Bob Nanes, Professor

    Executive director of D-Lab,

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

    Yansui Liu, Professor

    Chair, IGU Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering;

    IGSNRR, CAS;

    Beijing Normal University, China


    Yong Chang, Researcher

    Director of Yulin Academy of Agricultural Sciences,

    Shaanxi Province, China

    MORE+ Important dates and conference venue

  • 20 June 2017----------- Deadline for abstracts submission (Extended)
  • 31 July 2017------------- Deadline for full paper submission
  • 15 August 2017--------- Notification of decision for full paper submission
  • The conference will be held on campus of the Yulin University http://english.yulinu.edu.cn/

    MORE+Rules for submission and publication.

  • All abstract must be written in English with max. 250 words. Abstracts must include title and authors (first name surname), and indicate the presenter by underlining the name and providing that author's contact details: affiliations, department, full address (street, city, state/province, and country), telephone, fax, and Email. Selected keywords are also required. The file should be named in the form of "Name of the first Author-affiliation", such as "San Zhang-Peking University".
  • All submissions (full papers and abstracts) after May 31 must be made through the online submission system http://www.iguagle.org/AGLE2017/.
  • A special issue at the Journal of Rural Studies will be devoted to the publication of selected conference papers.
  • A special issue at the Journal of Geographical Sciences will also be devoted to the publication of selected conference papers.
  • All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed by invited scholars.
  • MORE+Excursion

    All delegates are invited to participate in the conference excursion on land engineering and modern agriculture in the Mu Us Desert, demonstrating issues of rural development, land reform and poverty reduction in Yulin city.

    MORE+Fees and payment

    Registration fee is RMB 1200/per person ($200), and students's fee has a 50% discount off (RMB 600 or $100/per person).

    Note:

  • The fee includes conference materials, regular meals and admission fees.
  • The fee does not include hotel accommodation.
  • Students should show their students ID for registration.
  • Registration fee is only accepted by on-site payment and payment will be made at the conference registration desk on August 26, 2017, in cash or by credit cards.

    MORE+Financial support

    The organizing committee provides financial support to students and early career researchers from developing countries. Those who are interested should submit their CVs and an application letter to the organizing committee for evaluation. Materials should be sent to: Yuheng Li, E-mail: liyuheng@igsnrr.ac.cn

    MORE+Awards

    "Best Young Scientist Awards (Below 40 Years)" and "Outstanding Scientist Awards (Above 41 Years)" will be assessed and given to those who contribute significantly to the research of land use and rural sustainability.

    MORE+Hotel recommended

    The organizing committee recommends listed hotels with discounted prices only to the participants.
    Yulin Petroleum Hotel, 6 liuying west road, yuyang district,Yulin city,Shanxi province, Tel: +86 0912-6663886. http://www.9ddf.com/hotel/17628.html
    Yulin Rongda International Hotel, intersection of renmin west road and wenhua road, yuyang district,Yulin city,Shanxi province, Tel: +86 0912-3640888http://www.guanhotel.net/fe4ds2thc/803699/home

    MORE+Scientific committee

    Bojie Fu (Chair), Professor, academician of CAS

    Michael Meadows (Co-Chair), Professor, Secretary-General and Treasurer, IGU, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    Dadao Lu, Professor, academician of CAS

    Yulin Shi, Professor, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

    Jiulin Sun, Professor, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

    Chenghu Zhou, Professor, academician of CAS

    Zhengtang Guo, Professor, academician of CAS

    Peng Cui, Professor, academician of CAS

    Fahu Chen, Professor, academician of CAS

    Huajun Tang, Professor, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

    Peijun Shi, Professor, Beijing Normal University, China

    Changqing Song, Professor, Beijing Normal University

    Shuying Leng, Professor, National Natural Science Foundation of China ( NSFC)

    Quansheng Ge, Professor, IGSNRR, CAS

    Jie Fan, Professor, IGSNRR, CAS

    Jundong Yu, Professor, Mayor, the People's Government of Yulin City

    Jichang Han, Professor, KLLCE, MLR

    Zhiyuan Ren, Professor, Shaanxi Normal University, China

    MORE+Organizing committee

    Yansui Liu (Chair), Professor, IGSNRR, CAS; Beijing Normal University

    Michael Woods (Co-Chair), Professor, Aberystwyth University, UK

    Xiulan Ma (Co-Chair), Deputy Mayor, the People's Government of Yulin City

    Hualou Long, Professor, IGSNRR, CAS

    Yong Chang, Professor, Yulin Agricultural Science Institute, China

    Haisheng Tong, Professor, Yulin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

    Zhanfei Chen, Professor, Yulin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

    Huaihua Liu, Professor, Yulin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

    Yonglong Bai, Professor, Yulin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

    Wei Kang, Professor, Yulin University, China

    Furen Kang, Professor, Yulin University, China

    Jili Gao, Professor, Yulin University, China

    Yun Gao, Professor, Yulin University, China

    Yaojun Bu, Professor, Yulin University, China

    Yuheng Li (Secretary-in-chief), Associate Professor, IGSNRR, CAS

    Yuanyuan Yang (Secretary), Assistant Professor, IGSNRR, CAS

    Yongsheng Wang (Secretary), Assistant Professor, IGSNRR, CAS

    MORE+Contact information

    Contact at IGSNRR, CAS, Beijing:

  • Yuheng Li, Tel: 86-10-64889034, Cell: 86-13810682320,
    E-mail: liyuheng@igsnrr.ac.cn
  • Yuanyuan Yang, Tel: 86-10-64889634, Cell: 86-13261831298,
    E-mail: yangyy@igsnrr.ac.cn
  • Yongsheng Wang, Tel: 86-10-64889634, Cell: 86-13426421390,
    E-mail: wangys@igsnrr.ac.cn