Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dr. Tim Davis to Chair Desert Technology Conference

This is the 11th in a series of Desert Technology conferences since 1991 and will be held November 19-22, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Tim Davis, Professor/Senior Scientist, Regional Director for Asia at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture & Department of Horticultural Sciences Texas A&M University will be chairing the international meeting.  These conferences focus on desertification issues & multidisciplinary solutions such as:

  • Special characteristics and benefits of desert ecosystems
  • Mechanism of desertification and its management
  • Appropriate technologies for developed and developing regions
The conferences provide opportunities for researchers to learn & exchange knowledge through technical presentations, participation in productive working groups, and in informal discussions. The issues of desertification are a global concern, requiring continued & expanding research to mitigate the consequences. Building upon previous experiences & accomplishments, DT 11 offers an opportunity to participate in discussions & the presentation of research projects (including natural, technological & human sciences) aimed at overcoming constraints of desertification. The conference welcomes researchers and educators associated with deserts & arid regions from diverse areas of arid zone science.
Potential Conference Topics & Schedule

DT 11 welcomes any topics related to technologies in arid zones of the world such as:
* desert energy
* dryland agricultural systems (including stress biology)
* drought mitigation
* drug discovery from desert flora
* emerging carbon markets
* eco-friendly materials and their application
* global climate change
* halophytes
* human/social sciences related to deserts
* protection and utilization of biodiversity
* salinity management
* soil and water technologies combating desertification

Tentative Deadline Abstract Submission:
May 15, 2013
Notification of Acceptance:
July 15, 2013
Manuscript Submission Deadline:
September 15, 2013
* title, author name(s) in full spelling with affiliation(s), 300-400 words abstract in English & contact person’s name & email address
The papers presented in the conference will be published in The Journal of Arid Land Studies after a critical peer review process. A poster session will also be part of the conference.

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