Asian Grassland Conference

19-21 April 2022

virtual event

 

The registration and abstract submission is open at https://edgg.org/AGC/registration

We hope to meet many researchers working on grassland research and conservation in Asia!

 Sub–alpine forbs meadows, Armenia, G. Fayvush, A. Aleksanyan
Stipa glareosa steppe in Xinjiang, China. Q. Xianguo
Sub–alpine forbs meadows-2, Armenia, G. Fayvush, A. Aleksanyan

Photos by A. Aleksanyan, Q. Xianguo and G. Fayvush

As the largest continent of the world, Asia offers great opportunities for researchers with its vast grasslands, diverse and unique environmental conditions, rich biodiversity, and varied ecological and evolutionary processes, some of which are not observed elsewhere. Simultaneously, it poses great challenges for nature conservation and sustainable livelihoods, due to climatic and land-use changes. The very first Asian Grassland Conference aims to bring researchers together and learn about the latest research on Asian grasslands. We offer opportunities for the exchange of information during our standard talk and speed talk (poster) sessions, as well as several special events. Furthermore, we will host three inspiring keynotes. The conference will reward young scientists for excellent presentations, as well as photos showing the beauty of Asian grasslands. Three Special Features in international journals are planned in conjunction with the conference.

The conference will take place for three-half days on the Zoom platform in 19-21 April 2022. We will ensure a broad level of regional representation in this event, highlighting research from less well-known parts of the continent. Please find more information on the preliminary program and sessions, keynote speakers, workshops and other special events, the scientific committee and the organizers.

You can download the second call here.

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 27 February 2022
  • Completion of abstract evaluation and acceptance emails: 20 March 2022
  • Publication of the third call with a detailed program: 8 April 2022
  • Deadline for registration: 15 April 2022
  • Conference: 19-21 April
Grasslands in Shemiranat, Tehran Province, Iran. M. Alizadeh
Stipa capillata and Stipa zalesskii steppe, Altai Territory, Russia. I. Smelansky
Grasslands in Armenia, G. Fayvush, A. Aleksanyan

Photos by M. Alizadeh, I. Smelansky,  G. Fayvush and A. Aleksanyan

Participation and Registration

The Asian Grassland Conference (AGC) is a virtual event that is free of charge, owing to the generous support of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), the mother organization of EDGG and the Inner Mongolia University.             

For registration, please follow these steps:

  1. Create a new account or log into the EDGG website if you already have an account: EDGG homepage login. This is necessary for registration.
    Make sure the information in your user account is up-to-date, particularly regarding contact details.
  2. Register for the conference in the separate webform: AGC 2022 Registration
     
  3. Upload abstracts for your conference contributions. After acceptance of the abstract, guidelines will be provided on how to make pre-recordings, and prepare and submit e-posters.

For most of the special events and the young investigator competitions, participants should indicate their choices by checking the boxes on the AGC registration form. Registrations for the Photo Competitions and Special Features will not be collected during the conference registration, but should be done separately (see relevant sections and attachments of the call). Therefore, interested participants need to visit Events page. Finally, there is no need to register for happy hours, as they are informal and for the purpose of relaxation.   

You can find all instructions at https://edgg.org/agc/registration.

Conference format

The conference will be almost completely live but supported with pre-recordings. An online conference platform will be used so that participants will find it easy to navigate between conference rooms, poster halls, information desks etc. and easily navigate to the program and upcoming talks in front. An organization company will manage the platform. Most importantly, participants will be able to follow the program according to their own time zone. Once a participant chooses to join a hall session, a Zoom link will open. All sessions and workshops will take place via Zoom, so that participants will be able to participate by switching on their audio and videos to ask questions. This will enable more interaction between participants and avoid the feeling of watching tv alone at home.  

The flow of the conference will include a welcome speech, announcements, keynote talks, talk sessions, special events and question and answer sessions (Q&A); and will be online and live over Zoom. The speed talk sessions will follow the regular talks and will be a mixture of recordings and live Q&A sessions to use the time available efficiently (see Sessions section below). For the sake of smooth flow, we will ask all presenters to pre-record their talks and send them to the organizers. Abstract acceptance letters will include guidelines on how to prepare the pre-recordings, and how to prepare and submit e-posters. All pre-recordings will be accessible for 1 month after the conference.

The regular talks will be completely live. In the event of technical problems with live presentations, the recorded talks will be broadcast. Each talk will have a duration of 12 min plus 3 min for questions.

The speed talks will replace the poster session of conventional face-to face conferences. The speed-talk presenters will prepare an e-poster in the designated format and additionally provide a short 3’ min speed talk recording (video) of their posters. The posters and videos will be submitted before the conference. The posters will be on display throughout the duration of the conference in the e-poster hall. The videos of the speed talks of each speed-talk session will be combined and played during the time slots allocated to the speed talks. We also ask the speed talk presenters to be ready then so that they can answer questions right after the relevant video. We will arrange break-out rooms for this purpose. Workshops will also be broadcast live via Zoom and moderated by the tutors. The Zoom links for the workshops will be provided via the online conference platform.  The special events will also take place live in Zoom.

The conference platform has many functionalities to make it easier to follow the conference program, access materials and pose questions. Detailed information on how to use the platform will be provided in the third call.