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Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education –  Invitation to contributors from from Baltic Countries

The Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/iusdrp.html
is leading the production of  the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education”. This is a unique, high calibre, peer-reviewed
publication, will provide a substantial addition to the body of information and knowledge on matters related to sustainable
development in higher education.

The Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education will be published by Springer, as part of the
“World Sustainability Series”  http://www.springer.com/series/13384. It consists of many  terms related to sustainability, to be
compiled by senior academics on the one hand, but also by by PhD/Masters students performing work on
sustainable development issues on the other, providing them with the opportunity to engage in scientific writing,
and to become part of the next generation of professionals familar with concepts related to
sustainability. We therefore warmly encourage teaching staff to bring this to their relevant BSc/PhD/MSc
students performing research on sustainability issues, since they might be able to provide quality
inputs which may pass peer-review.

Since accepted inputs to the Encyclopledia are official proofs of high level academic performance
which may be used for promotion/tenure purposes, certificates will be sent to authors whose works
have been accepted, which may add them to their CVs.

We warmly encourage colleagues especially from Baltic Countries to make submissions,
since these are under-represented on international sustainability literature.
Further details on the project, and on how to contribute to it, it can be seen here:
https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/publications/encyclopedias.html

We look forward to interesting inputs.

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International Scientific Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Europe, Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 3rd-5th July 2018

Climate change affects countries in Eastern Europe, i.e. the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe in a variety of ways. Apart from severe floods, there are records of decreasing water reserves in the southern part, and of gradual changes in biodiversity and agricultural production. In the South Caucasus area, for instance, climate change models project decline in precipitation by the end of the century,  and suggest that it will continue to become drier this century.

Many Eastern European countries, especially the non-EU ones, are characterised by the fact that national climate  policies on the one hand, and transboundary collaboration on the other are rather week, and by  the fact that the engagement of the general public on matters related to climate change is still rather limited. Climate change thus poses a serious threat to the economic stability and development of many Eastern European countries,  and  to the sustainable development of the region.

The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change influences Eastern Europe, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the countries and the communities in the region to adapt.  There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by floods/droughts in the region, especially the ways of increasing the resilience of agriculture systems and of communities.

It is against this background that the “International Scientific Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Europe” is being organized  by the University of Banja Luka, University of Belgrade, the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), The International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency of the Republika Srpska, and Center for Climatic Research (CCR Banja Luka). The Conference will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies,  undertaking research and/or executing projects focusing on climate change in Eastern Europe.

Papers submitted to the event will be peer-reviewed and the accepted ones will be published in the book
“Climate Change Adaptation in Eastern Europe: “Managing risks and building resilience to climate change”.
This will be a further volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management” published by Springer, which since its
creation in 2008 has become the  world´s leading book series on climate change management. The decision of the editors as to which papers may be selected and undergo peer review for the book is final.

Abstracts can be submitted until 25th February 2018.

Further details can be seen at:  https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/easterneurope2018.html