ISSRM 2020

2020 ISSRM

Cairns, Australia

June 22-26, 2020

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Conference Chairs

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Tom Measham

Conference Organizer

CSIRO Land and Water

Brisbane, Australia

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Stewart Lockie

Conference Organizer

James Cook University

Townsville, Australia

Scientific Committee

  • Courtney Flint, Utah State University
  • Mayumi Fukunaga, University of Tokyo
  • Julia Haggerty, Montana State University
  • Tasos Hovardas, University of Cyprus
  • Richard Krannich, Utah State University
  • Ian McCleod, James Cook University
  • Camilla Sandström, Umeå University
  • Kate Sherren, Dalhousie University
  • David Sonnenfeld, State University of New York
  • Bruce Taylor, CSIRO Land and Water
  • Karen Vella, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dan Williams, US Forest Service

Conference Theme: Re-creating landscape and culture in a time of global change

Re-creating landscape and culture in a time of global change recognizes the interconnections between people and places across scales from local to global. At one level, the theme is about the resource extraction and economic activity affecting ecosystems as areas of profound natural beauty and traditional culture.  At another level, the theme recognizes that landscapes are in a continuous state of change.  The pace of change may vary considerably from place to place, with some locations experiencing rapid transition and others being re-created slowly through the ways they are represented variably as places of nature, recreation, culture, beauty and production and wilderness. The theme builds on previous ISSRM Symposia themes and brings together a suite of interconnected sub-themes.

Sub Themes:

  • Global change processes
  • Indigenous landscapes
  • Landscape multi-functionality
  • Demographic change
  • Forestry
  • Protected areas and
  • World heritage
  • Co-management
  • Competing and complementary land uses
  • Agriculture
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Recreation and tourism
  • Place attachment
  • Human dimensions of wildlife
  • Regional transition and new rural economies
  • Changing demand for energy and mineral resources
  • Social license to operate
Location: Cairns, Australia
Cairns is a tropical city and capital of the Far North Queensland region of Australia. It is home to around 150,000 people and located between two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area
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Venue: The Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns Marina
All ISSRM sessions and the majority of events will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel.
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Optional Pre & Post ISSRM Field Trips
Field Trips will be offered through experienced Cairns tourist operators. Trips include Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Adventure, Daintree Walkabout, Tropical waterfalls tour, and more !
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Submission Information

Organized Session Proposals

A call for organized session proposals will be sent in September of 2019 and are due November 26, 2019. Organized Sessions represent an opportunity to bring together a group of scholars to present and discuss work focusing on a particular integrative theme or topic. These sessions can be structured in multiple ways:

  • A collection of 3-5 thematically-linked oral presentations (with or without a discussant).
  • A panel of experts on a given topic.
  • A roundtable discussion.
  • An author-meets-critics session.
  • A workshop/training activity.
  • Or, you can propose your own idea!

Panels and paper sessions will last 90 minutes. Organizer(s) should recruit and receive commitments from participants in advance of proposal submission, and include details regarding who will participate and what they will be doing as part of the session proposal. Organized sessions will be highlighted and given priority in the program.

Abstract Submissions

A call for abstract submissions will be sent out  November 1, 2019 and are due January 31, 2019. We do not anticipate an extension beyond that date and strongly encourage you to submit your abstracts well before the deadline! If you have extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from submitting by the deadline, please email [email protected]. We will accept late abstract on a case-by-case basis. Abstracts will be reviewed in the order they are received. To facilitate early registration and travel planning, we will make every effort to send decision notifications regarding acceptance of abstracts to authors by February 28. 

We encourage submissions that are relevant to the symposium theme and those that focus on the interactions between social and ecological systems. Individuals will be limited to serving as lead presenter on only one oral paper presentation. This does not include co-authorship and individuals may present both an oral paper presentation and organize a session, present a poster, or serve on a panel. 

Guidelines for Abstracts: 
Abstracts should be in paragraph form, without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also indicate the theory/analytical framework for the work and provide a description of the research methods used. 

Student Interest

Student Paper Competition – Prizes will be awarded to the best undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD level papers that are presented at the ISSRM.

Student Forum – Offers professional development and networking for graduate students. More details coming soon.

Student Mixer – Informal networking opportunity with food and beer. All free! More details coming soon.

Student Quiz Bowl – Fun, competitive team event where students test their IASNR and environmental social science knowledge in front of a boisterous audience. Bar and snacks provided. More details and submission deadlines coming soon.

IASNR Mentoring Program – More details coming soon.

Student Scholarships – These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students in offsetting costs associated with attending the 2020 ISSRM.

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