FLARE 2023 – Nairobi
The FLARE Secretariat is delighted to announce that the 2023 FLARE Annual Meeting will be held October 12-16 in Nairobi, Kenya in partnership with CIFOR-ICRAF. You are invited! The event will be held at the beautiful CIFOR-ICRAF campus in Nairobi and represents the first FLARE annual meeting to take place in the Global South.
2023 Annual Meeting Abstract Guidelines
Please review the 2023 Abstract Guidelines before submitting your proposal.
Abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panel sessions, workshops, posters, and innovative sessions must follow the guidelines and address one of the ten meeting themes (see below).
2023 Annual Meeting Theme
Linking Research and Action for Thriving Forests, Trees, and People
Research can play a key role in advocacy and action to address climate change, reduce vulnerability, conserve forests, and foster human development. For example, evidence accumulated over decades has demonstrated the critical role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in protecting and sustainably managing forests and, in turn, helped lead to government recognition of community land rights and new funding flows. More generally, impact assessments of different forest-related interventions have helped improve policy design.
Yet too often research has been ineffective in fostering change – or reforms benefitting communities and forests inspired and honed by research have been clawed back by forest services and other interested parties. Too often, even when research reveals options and abuses, key findings are hidden behind a paywall, suppressed by threatened parties, or are couched in specialist language that obscures their practical relevance, among other barriers. The result is that knowledge relevant to tackling the urgent challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty alleviation and other social ills often remains unused. What can we do to confront such obstacles? How can research—and researchers—make a difference?
FLARE 2023 will explore these questions and seeks to make concrete progress toward better harnessing research for action. Doing so will require dialogue and collaboration among scientists, government officials, concerned citizens, activists and advocates, business leaders, journalists, and others.
Therefore, proposals for FLARE 2023 are particularly welcome that:
- Include collaboration between researchers and other actors mentioned above,
- Involve early career scholars and practitioners, including in intergenerational partnerships,
- Are led by scholars from low- and middle- income countries/the Global South.
- Address barriers to effective use of research in policy and practice and means to overcome them,
- Document and explain the exclusions of research from arenas where it could result in better forest management or improve lives and livelihoods,
- Present cases of positive policy change that reflect good practice in research uptake,
- Demonstrate collaborative approaches that have worked to bridge divides and/or show promise to do so,
- Provide examples of collective action for systemic change that favors thriving human communities and forest landscapes, and/or
- Highlight the voices, challenges, and successes of those who suffer most from forest loss and degradation, climate and environmental change, and restrictive policies.
2023 Annual Meeting Sub-Themes
Subject to Change
May 7, 2023
Abstracts submissions due
May 31, 2023
Decision notifications on abstracts
June 1, 2023
Early bird registration begins
October 11, 2023
Submission deadline for meeting presentations
2023 Coordination Committee
Festus Amadu, University of Notre Dame
Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti, CIFOR-ICRAF
Rayna Benzeev, University of California, Berkeley
Ida N. S. Djenontin, Pennsylvania State University
Houria Djoudi, CIFOR-ICRAF
Michael Dougherty, CIFOR-ICRAF
Amy Duchelle, Food and Agriculture Organization
J.T Erbaugh, Dartmouth College
Forrest Fleischman, University of Minnesota
Anja Gassner, Global Landscapes Forum
Pamela Jagger, University of Michigan
Daniel Miller, University of Notre Dame
Katia Nakamura, University of Notre Dame
Pete Newton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Johan Oldekop, University of Manchester
Susan Onyango, CIFOR-ICRAF
Rose Pritchard, University of Manchester
Pushpendra Rana, Indian Forest Service
Jesse Ribot, American University
Laura Sauls, George Mason University
Etotépé Sogbohossou, University of Senghor & University of Abomey-Calavi
Judith Sonneck, Global Landscapes Forum
Gladman Thondhlana, Rhodes University
Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek, South Dakota State University