April 5, 2010

Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future
IASC 2011 Second Announcement: 
Deadline for Abstract submission extended to
15th April 2010!

Dr. Ostrom to address the plenary at IASC 2011!

We are very pleased to share with you that Dr. Elinor Ostrom, Founding President of IASC and 2009 Economics Nobel Laureate, has agreed to address the plenary at IASC 2011 in Hyderabad. Upon accepting our invitation to speak, Ostrom wrote, “I am looking forward to the meetings with considerable enthusiasm.”

Call for Abstracts: 

Owing to a great amount of interest generated regards IASC 2011 from various prospective participants and in order to accommodate requests for extending the time for submission, the deadline for submission has now been extended till 15th April 2010. 

For the first time, abstracts to the IASC Conference are being accepted through the online submission process. All interested participants are invited to submit abstracts for presentation of papers, posters, videos or for panel sessions, symposia or workshops focused on specific issues through the online conference system. Papers may address theory, policy, practical work, empirical research, describe case studies or any aspect of issues of commons listed below (indicative subthemes):

· The Commons, Poverty and Social Exclusion
· Governance of the Commons: Decentralization, Property Rights, Legal Framework, Structure and Organization
· The Commons: Theory, Analytics and Data
· Globalisation, Commercialization and the Commons
· Managing the Global Commons: Climate Change and other Challenges
· Managing Complex Commons (Lagoons, Protected Areas, Wetlands, Mountain Areas, Rangelands, Coastal Commons)
· New Commons (the New Global Commons – Digital Commons, Genetic Commons, Patents, Music, Literature etc)

Submission of Paper, Video and Poster abstracts 

Making an online submission would require the author/s to follow the online submission system. All submissions must include the mandatory information as indicated in the online format. Should you face any specific problem related to the online submission process, do let us know at iasc2011@fes.org.in. Guidance on full paper, poster and video submission will be provided to authors on acceptance of abstracts. 

For assistance on the submission process, visit:

Paper Abstract Guidelines
Word Limit: 100-300 words. Identify the Conference Sub-Themes the abstract is relevant to(academic reviewers of your abstract will be assigned based on the sub-theme you indicate); provide a title for the abstract/paper; names and contact information for all contributing authors; 5 keywords (i.e. describing methods, region of study, etc). Note: Final paper should be between 6,000-10,000 words.

Poster Abstract Guidelines
Word Limit: 100-300 words. Identify the theme or provide a title for your poster; indicate if your poster will present a project, conceptual work, or results from an empirical study, etc. In your abstract, you may include key elements of the script of your poster. 

Note: Practitioners are strongly encouraged to submit poster abstracts, and the profile of posters will be elevated at the IASC 2011 Conference, to successfully "bring a practitioner perspective to the Conference."

Video Abstract Guidelines
Word Limit 100-300 words. Indicate the title of the video, run-time of the video, original format of the video, equipment needs for showing the video, production credits, date the film was produced and description of its original purpose if not created for this Conference itself, the contact details for the corresponding presenter. The online process allows users to upload links to their videos as supplementary files along with their abstracts. Interested participants are requested to post hard copies of their videos to the mail address mentioned below:
Foundation for Ecological Security
PB No. 29, Anand - 388001, India
Tel: 02692-261402/261238/261239

Submission of Panel abstracts 

Panel sessions
We encourage the submission of proposals for organizing panels focused on a specific theme or topic. A panel session may have 4-5 papers focused on a central theme. A total time of about an hour and a half is allocated to each panel presentation. It is up to the organizer of the panel to determine how to fill those hours (in terms of number of speakers, etc.). However, time for questions from the audience and discussion needs to be considered. 

A panel submission would need an identified organizer/coordinator, an abstract summarizing the aims of the panel session and how each paper will contribute to the overall aim (abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words and include names and affiliations of the organizer and individual presenters) and planned outcomes (if any).

Authors of individual papers that constitute a particular panel are requested to make individual submissions into the online conference system as well, and enter a note stating that they are also part of a proposed panel for IASC2011, along with details of the Title and Panel Organizer of that particular panel/s in the space provided under "Comments to Co-chair" within the online abstract submission form.

Workshops, Symposia, Pre-Conference Workshops 
We encourage a range of alternative activities such as workshops, symposia and pre-conference workshops as part of/build up to the Conference. Please note that the proposals for organizing workshops, symposia and pre-conference workshops would need to be presented as abstracts (of maximum 500 words) outlining the ideas and/or aims and emailed directly to iasc2011@fes.org.in 
· Call for Abstracts: December 14, 2009
· Abstract Submissions: February 1, 2010 to April 15, 2010 – Open Now
· Abstract Selections: May 31, 2010
· Early Registration: September 30, 2010
· Complete Paper Submissions: October 31, 2010

Jagdeesh Rao Puppala, Conference Co-Chair 
Foundation for Ecological Security 
PB No. 29, Anand - 388001, India 
Tel: (+91) 2692-261402 / 261238 / 261239 
Email: iasc2011@fes.org.in 
Website: http://iasc2011.fes.org.in/