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HKC Graduate Conference: Call for Abstracts
8:30 am Friday April 5, 2019 to 5:00 pm Saturday April 6, 2019
Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre

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HKC Graduate Conference: Call for Abstracts

We invite abstracts from young researchers who have conducted research on various themes such as environment, social science, health, engineering, management and various related themes for oral and poster presentations.

In 2015, Tribhuvan University Institute of Science and Technology – Central Department of Environmental Science (TU-CDES), Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-Nepal) and Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) came together to create the yearly Graduate Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development (GCESD) known as Himalayan Knowledge Conclave (HKC). Recently, Kathmandu University (KU) and School of Environmental Science and Management (SchEMS), an affiliate of Pokhara University (PU) joined the mission.The Government of Nepal Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (GoN-MoEST) has generously patronized and supported the initiatives.

The conference brings together graduates to present their research and review each other’s work. The conference aspires to develop leadership and public speaking skills of participating graduates by involving them in conference processes. The conference also provides an opportunity for networking among peers and experts. The conference is held on the first week of April every year since its inception in 2015.


Conference goal
To establish an interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing platform for young researchers, with a particular focus on environment, resource conservation, management, economic development and natural science.

Thematic Areas
a. Pollution and health
• Air, surface water and land pollution
• Ground water pollution and control
• Environmental pollution and public health
• Waste management
• Remedies

b. Disaster and climate change
• Earthquake, landslide, flood, drought, lightning, snow avalanches, epidemics
• Impacts, adaptive practices, resilience building, indigenous knowledge and technology that support adaptation
• Development and disaster
• Economics of climate change and DRR

c. Ecosystem, biodiversity and agriculture
• Ecosystem-based adaptation
• Water and wetlands
• Plant and animal diversity
• Protected area and people
• Biological invasion
• Climate change and biodiversity
• Agriculture and livestock
• Gender and livelihood
• Ecotourism in and outside protected areas
• Ecology and restoration

d. Energy for development
• Energy, livelihood and infrastructure development
• Energy supply and demand
• Energy diversification and energy use efficiencies
• Alternative energy, constraints and opportunities

e. Economics and management
• Public spending
• Social marketing
• Capacity development/building
• Good governance
• Rural development
• Public administration and small business entrepreneurship
• Labor relations & human resource management
• Information technology management

f. Innovations and technologies
• Innovative technologies for industry, health, household and companies
• Electrical, electronics and computer
• Civil engineering and architecture
• Mechanical and industrial engineering

• GCESD is open to all interested students, graduates and young researchers from Nepal who are currently studying or have graduated with focus in the areas such as environment, social, sustainable development, management, engineering and related disciplines.
• All presenters (oral/posters) and other participants in the provided thematic areas must register to confirm their participation for the conference.
• Oral and poster presenters should submit their abstracts in the given deadline.

Presenters and Eligibility
Master level students: They can present thesis findings and case studies in both oral and poster presentations.
Bachelor level students: They can only present the posters. However, they get the opportunity to get involved in entire conference process as regular participants.
Young Researchers: If these researchers have completed masters, they are eligible to take part in both oral and poster presentation. The researchers who have completed bachelors are eligible for posters only.

Registration can be done at:

Abstract submission deadline: Feb 25, 2019
Registration Fee:
Participants: Rs. 1500/-
Poster Presenters: Rs. 1800/-
Oral Presenters: Rs. 2000/-

Fee payment deadline: March 15, 2019

Bank name: Nepal Investment Bank

Account holder name: Resources Himalaya Foundation

Account number: 00405010083417

Swift code: NIBL NP KT

Note: After you make payment, please save your receipt and email the scanned copy at

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