11th international symposium on mitigation of geo-disasters in Asia

Meeting or Conference
Himalayan Landslide Society (HiLS)
22-27 Oct 2013
Nepal (Kathmandu and Pokhara City)
Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu and Hotel Barahi of Pokhara City

This series of international symposia has been an instrumental forum for the advancement of geo-disaster mitigation technology in Asia. Geoscientists and geo-engineers from all over the world have largely contributed and benefited from each other during the past MGDA events. The forthcoming event is going to be one more building block to enhance geo-engineering knowledge and to understand further the geo-disaster phenomena in Asia as well as in the world. This is the first time that an MGDA symposium is going to be held in Nepal, a popular destination for world geo-scientists and tourists.

Symposium venus

MGDA-11 will have two venues for the symposium. The main inaugural symposium will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu, which is located in Lazimpat area and is in close proximity of Thamel, one of the famous tourist hubs in Kathmandu, and is conveniently situated for reaching out to most places of interest in the Kathmandu Valley. Then, following a two-day symposium excursion, the second part of the symposium will be held at Hotel Barahi of Pokhara city, a popular tourist destination in Nepal and located some 200 km west of Kathmandu. Hotel Barahi is located centrally near the main tourist area (Lakeside) and provides a spectacular view of the white Himalayan mountains to the north.

Symposium format

Following the format of the past MGDAs, thematic oral and poster sessions will be held at each symposium venue. Additionally, due to a high number of presentation interests in the Kathmandu symposium, the organizing committee is considering a need of running parallel sessions in Kathmandu. The final decision will be made on the basis of total number of presentation interests received.

The overall symposium program has also been planned to include a total of three excursion tours: two mid-symposium excursions and one post-symposium excursion. The mid-symposium excursion program will be held in between Kathmandu and Pokhara symposiums while the post-symposium excursion will take place in the end and will focus at landslide-related disasters along the national roadway connecting Nepal and Tibet (China). Keynote lecture

"Mitigation of landslide impacts, strategies and challenges for the 21st century" by Prof. Robin Chowdhury, Emeritus Professor, University of Wollongong, Australia

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Event fee

International participants: Professionals - $450, Students - $230; SAARC nation participants: Professionals - $300, Students - $150; Domenstic participants: Professionals - NRs 9000, Students - NRs 4500

What is included in the event fee

Oral and poster sessions, a copy of abstract volume, one lunch and one reception dinner in Kathmandu, one lunch and one banquet in Pokhara, one dinner near Nepal-China border during the Arniko Highway excursion, and all tea/coffee refreshments during session breaks.

Target audience

Geoscientists and geo-engineers in the field of geo-disasters in Asia and throughout the world.

How to register

Please register online.


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