About MoChWo

Mountains are a part of global biodiversity repository and play a vital role in maintaining global ecosystems and supporting millions of people. In the mean time they are the most vulnerable to rapid environmental change.

The international conference on “Mountains in the Changing World” (MoChWo) is an annual event organized by the Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (www.kias.org.np). It aims to provide a forum for international/national scholars, researchers, policy maker and students with opportunity to share their research findings and knowledge related to various aspects of mountains (see focus areas below). We are sure that this conference can be an effective and insightful for the benefit of people depending on mountains.

Participants of MoChWo 2016

The first #MoChWo conference was held from 1 to 2 October, 2016 in Kathmandu, which was attended by more than 150 participants and had 110 presentations from 10 countries. To know more about last event, please CLICK HERE.

The second #MoChWo 2017 conference will be held in ancient town of Kathmandu from 27-28 October, 2017.

Key dates to remember

About Kathmandu: Kathmandu is known for long history, ancient cultures and civilizations, Hindu and Buddhist temples, architecture & sculptures. It hosts seven UNESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu is also the gateway of many high Himalayas in Nepal.

The time for the conference, October, is considered to be the best time to visit Nepal. Therefore you can enjoy around Kathmandu and surrounding areas while attending the conference.

Focus areas: Disasters, resilience, and adaptation; Biodiversity conservation; Climate change; Environmental pollution; Forest management; Soil, water and atmospheric research; Agriculture and agro-ecology; Sustainable livelihood; Policies for mountain resources and livelihood.

Event highlights: Plenary sessions, symposiums, workshops, excursions, best presentation awards Call for abstracts: Abstracts for the conference can be submitted via its online submission system. Abstracts can be submitted by 21 August for both oral and poster sessions in different conference tracks. Please click here for details. Registration: All conference participants are required to register. Early bird registration begins on 2 April and ends on 31 August. Deadline for regular registration is 22 September. Click here for more information.

Organizing committee

  • Dr. Basant Giri (Convener)
  • Dr. Hemu Kafle
  • Dr. Bhanu Neupane
  • Dr. Susma Giri
  • Dr. Rashila Deshar
  • Mr. Pushkar Bhusal (Intern)

Scientific Committee

  1. Dr. Prakash K. Paudel (Chair), Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Nepal
  2. Dr. Rajan Ghimire, New Mexico State University, USA
  3. Dr. Binod Pokharel, Utah State University, USA
  4. Dr. Nabin Malakar, JPL/CalTECH/NASA, USA
  5. Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  6. Dr. Peter Stahl, University of Wyoming, US
  7. Dr. Uttam Babu Shrestha, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  8. Dr. Mohan Dangi, California State University, USA
  9. Dr. Wentao Wang, Ministry of Science & Technology, China
  10. Dr. Achyut Aryal, The University of Sydney, Australia
  11. Dr. Anzar Khuroo, University of Kashmir, India
  12. Dr. Olga Ameixa, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  13. Dr. Vasileios Bontzorlos, Technology of Thessaly, Greece
  14. Dr. Sadikshya Rana Dangi, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, USA
  15. Dr. Thakur Bhattarai, CQ University Rockhampton, Australia
  16. Dr. Suresh K. Ghimire, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  17. Dr. Jan Sipos, Institute of Botany, ASCR, Czech Republic
  18. Dr. Ram P. Regmi, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  19. Dr. Tamir Klein, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  20. Dr. Achyut Tiwari, Tri-chandra college, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  21. Dr. Shankar Raj Barsila, Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal
  22. Dr. Meghnath Dhimal, Nepal Health Research Council, Kathmandu, Nepal
  23. Mr. Roshan Ojha (Secretory), Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Nepal

Organizer and Host

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal


Faculty of Health Sciences, Pokhara University, Kaski, Nepal


Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, Wyoming, USA

American Society of Mines and Reclamation, USA


Central Department of Environmental Sciences (CDES), Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM), Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Conservation Science journal (will publish special issue)

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MoChWO

Twitter Hashtag: #MoChWo

KIAS twitter handle: @KathInsAppSci

Email: conference@kias.org.np