• The Silk Road of Knowledge: Science Meets Green Policy

    International Online Conference / February 23 - 25, 2022

Authors are invited to submit research working papers examining thematics of the conference

About conference


"The Silk Road of Knowledge: Science Meets Green Policy"

Scientifically based solutions to overcome the impact of climate change and ensure sustainable development are significant for the countries of Central Asia and for regional cooperation. Understanding how climate change affects political, socio-economic and environmental conditions depends on availability of climate data, as well as the ability to analyze and consequently understand which measures are appropriate to take. Climate change impact clearly needs to be considered when taking decisions related to water management, energy production, food and agriculture, and sustainable transport.

For sustainable economic development in the Central Asian countries, it is necessary to use an innovative and scientific approach to address a wide range of social and environmental issues, especially when facing climate change impact. Within the framework of the 'Green Central Asia' Initiative, the Kazakh-German University is organizing an international conference - "The Silk Road of Knowledge: Science Meets Green Policy". The conference will contribute to the exchange of existing scientific knowledge in the region, thus supporting the development of policy proposals for decision makers in the region.

Objective of the conference: the conference aims at providing innovative solutions for the five Central Asian economies (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) by:

  • presenting and discussing policy proposals on innovative science-based solutions for the economic and political development of Central Asia in order to mitigate the impact of climate change;
  • informing on decision-making processes based on scientific research in the field of integrated water and land resources management, food security, infrastructure development, water and climate security, and energy efficiency practices in Central Asia;
  • presenting innovation for development;
  • involving youth in scientific research and decision-making processes.

Conference sessions: The online conference covers a wide range of issues and is divided into pre-sessions, panel discussion and thematic sessions each considering the impact of climate change on the Central Asian countries and presenting proposal including necessary adaptation measures. The pre-sessions have been conducted on December 9-10, 2021, including youth and posters session (see below). The panel discussion and thematic sessions is taking place on February 23-25, 2022 (see the agenda). 

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Youth session (09.12.2021)

Poster session (09.12.2021)

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Agenda


  • OPENING (February 23, 2022)
    14:00 - 14:30 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 821 0070 9316  Password: 739834
     
    Chair: Dr. Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan
    Co-chair: Mrs. Marhabo Yodalieva, Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan
    Welcome Speeches
    • Dr. Wolrad Rommel, President of Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan
    • Ambassador Hinrich Thölken, Special Advisor for International Climate at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
    • Mr. Olzhas Agabekov, Director of Climate Policy and Green Technologies Department, Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Mrs. Aizhan Skakova, Member of the Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    Conference overview
    Presentation of the Agenda and Green Central Asia Initiative
    Dr. Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Kazakh-German University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Panel Discussion (February 23, 2022)
    14:30 - 16:00 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 821 0070 9316  Password: 739834
     
    Moderator: Dr. Caroline Milow, GIZ 
    • Representatives from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - Ministries and State Committees for Environment, Water and related topics (TBD)
    • Klaus Tanzberger, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Division 312 – Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany
    • Harald Köthe, Director, International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change UNESCO Category 2 Centre Secretariat German IHP(UNESCO)/HWRP (WMO) National Committee GEMS/Water Quality Data Centre – GEMStat (UN Environment), Germany
    • Dr. Hendrik Meurs, on behalf of: Ministry for Education and Science, Division 212: Cooperation with Eastern Partnership, Russia and Central Asia as well as Division 723: Global Change, Climate Change, Germany
  • Session I: Climate security: Disaster risk reduction and adaptation (February 23, 2022)
    16:30 - 18:00 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 821 0070 9316 / Password: 739834
     
    Chairs
    Mrs. Stefanie Wesch, PIK, Germany; Mrs. Janna Rheinbay, PIK, Germany; Dr. Larissa Kogutenko, DKU, Kazakhstan
     
    Key-speaker 
    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran, Leader Research Group CliSec (Climate Security) , University of Hamburg
     
    Presentation of the policy brief 
    Mrs. Stefanie Wesch, PIK, Germany
    Mrs. Janna Rheinbay, PIK, Germany
    Dr. Larissa Kogutenko, DKU, Kazakhstan
     
    Discussion session
    Mr. Bakhtiyar Ospanov, Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction, Kazakhstan
    Dr. Sandugash Ranova, Institute of Geography and Water Security, Kazakhstan
    Mrs. Olga Kalashnikova, Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences, Kyrgyzstan
    Mr. Isomiddin Akramov, UNDP, Uzbekistan
    Mr. Bakhtibeki Otambekzoda, National Coordinator for GLOFCA project in Tajikistan
  • Session II: Satellite data and digitalization for optimizing water distribution in the Aral Sea Basin (February 23, 2022)
    16:30 - 18:00 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 915 6189 0786
     
    Chairs
    Prof. Dr. Christopher Conrad, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; Dr. Shavkat Kenjabaev, SIC-ICWC, Uzbekistan; Dr. Dinara Ziganshina, SIC-ICWC, Uzbekistan; Mr. Alexandr Nikolaenko, GIZ, Kazakhstan; Dr. Muhammad Usman, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; Dr. Maira Kussainova, DKU, Kazakhstan

    Introduction of WUEMoCA tool
    Prof. Dr. Christopher Conrad, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

    Key-speakers & Discussants 
    Mirobit Mirdadayev, Kazakh Research Institute of Water Management, Kazakhstan
    Anna Inozemtseva, USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment Activity, Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Shamsiddin Qurbonov, Director of Information Analytical and Resource Center, Ministry of Water Resources, Uzbekistan
     
    Presentation of the policy brief: 
    Dr. Shavkat Kenjabaev, SIC-ICWC, Uzbekistan

    Discussion session 
  • Session III: Water resources and water security in Central Asia (February 24, 2022)
    14:00 - 15:30 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 834 7951 2930 / Password: 798482
     
    Chairs 
    Dr. Abror Gafurov, GFZ-Potsdam, Germany; Dr. Larissa Kogutenko, DKU, Kazakhstan; Dr. Milena Latinovic, GFZ-Potsdam, Germany; Dr. Tilo Schoene, GFZ-Potsdam, Germany
      
    Key-speakers 
    Prof. Stefanos Xenarios, Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbaev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
    PhD Vadim Sokolov, International Fund for saving the Aral Sea for implementation of the  Aral Sea Basin and GEF projects (Agency GEF of IFAS)
     
    Presentation of the policy brief: 
    Dr. Abror Gafurov, GFZ-Potsdam, Germany

    Discussion session 
    Dr. Djafar Niyazov, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, National Academy of Science, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 
    Mr. Serikzhan Atanov, UNESCO Cluster, Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Mr. Murat Suyunbaev, Institute of Water Problem and Hydropower, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Ms. Nadejda Gavrilenko, Center of Hydrometeorological Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzhydromet)

    Closing Remarks
  • Session IV: Small scale renewable energy generation (February 24, 2022)
    14:00 - 15:30 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 920 5159 2920
     
    Chairs
    Mr. Kumar Kylychev, Head Energy and Environment, UNDP Kazakhstan; Mr. Kobzev Alexey, Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan

    Key-speakers 
    Mr. Yerlan Dairbekov, Policy Expert, UNDP and Ministry of Energy for Renewable Energy
    Mrs. Tatiana Vedeneva, Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Development, Kyrgyzstan

    Presentation of the policy brief 
    Mrs. Ainur Sospanova, Renewable Energy Association "QAZAQ GREEN", Kazakhstan
    Mr.  Alexey Kobzev, DKU, Kazakhstan

    Discussion session
    Dr. Alexander Kirjuchin, HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    Dipl.-Ing. Udo Siegfriedt, Deutsche Gesellschaft  für Sonnenenergie Landesverband Berlin Brandenburg e.V., Germany

    Closing Remarks
  • Session V: Knowledge-based soil management for a sustainable ecological and economic development of Central Asia (February 24, 2022)
    16:00 - 18:00 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 834 7951 2930 / Password: 798482
     
    Chairs 
    Dr. Georg Guggenberger, Leibniz University Hannover; Dr. Olga Shibistova, Leibniz University Hannover; Dr. Peter Liebelt, University of Halle-Wittenberg; Mr. Jörg Andreas Dinkelaker, The Agrarian Credit Corporation "Baiterek", Dinkel Consult; Dr. Viktoriya Krylova, DKU, Kazakhstan

    Key-speakers 
    Prof. Dr. Georg Guggenberger, Leibniz University Hannover
    Prof. Dr. Shahlo Turdikulova, Ministry of Innovative Development, Republic of Uzbekistan
    Prof. Dr. Hafiz Muminjanov, Plant Production and Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, Italy
    Dr. Lyudmila Orlova, Non-Commercial Partnership “National Movement for Conservation Agriculture”, Russian Federation

    Presentation of the policy brief
    Dr. Olga Shibistova, Leibniz University Hannover

    Discussion session 
    Closing Remarks
  • Session VI: Water, sanitation and gender (February 24, 2022)
    16:00 - 18:00 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 920 5159 2920
     
    Chairs
    Dr. Alice Bouman-Dentener, Co-Founder Cansu Global, Royal academy of Science International Trust; Honorary Founding President Women for Water Partnership; Dr. Aliya Tankibayeva, DKU, Kazakhstan

    Key-speaker
    Mrs. Irina Smirnova, Member of the Committee on Finance and Budget of Mazhilis of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan

    Presentation of the policy brief
    Dr. Aliya Tankibayeva, DKU, Kazakhstan

    Discussion session 
    Mrs. Rachel Fisher Ingraham, Independent Consultant, USA
    Dr.  Bonita B. Sharma, MSSW Department of Social Work, College of Public Policy, The University of Texas at San Antonio
    Mrs. Khayriniso Rasulova, PA ‘Women and Society’, Tajikistan
    Mr. Kamiljon Akramov, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategy and Governance Division International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, CGIAR)
     
    Closing remarks
  • Session VII: Resource-saving production logistics (February 25, 2022)
    14:00 - 15:30 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 827 0369 0934 / Password: 211476
     
    Chair 
    Prof. Burghard Scheel, the DKU`s representative for logistics

    Key-speakers 
    Dr. René Pforte, Head of Business Development Department, SVEVIND Group, Germany
    Prof. Dr. Zhandos Kegenbekov,  Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan
    Dr. Marcel Müller, Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems (ILM), Germany

    Presentation of the policy brief
    Dr. Marat Idrissov, Kazakhstan Industry Development Institute LLP, Kazakhstan

    Discussion session 
    Mr. Tolegen Mukhtar Yersultanuly, Executive Director for Transport Logistics of "KAZLOGISTICS"
    QazIndustry
    Mrs. Gulmira Ismagulova, Zhasyl Damu JSC
    Mr. Batyrzhan Tergeussizov, Linde Gas Kazakhstan
    Liebherr
    Mr. Andrej Rommel, Managing director Liebherr Kazakhstan
     
    Closing Remarks
  • CLOSING SESSION (February 25, 2022)
    16:00 - 18:00 (GMT+6, Almaty)
    Meeting ID: 827 0369 0934 / Password: 211476
     
    Moderator: Ms. Marhabo Yodalieva, Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan
     
    Key Speaker
    Prof. Dr. Jakob Lempp, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences / Hochschule Rhein-Waal
     
    Session Briefings from the Thematic Sessions’ Chairs 
     
    Closing speech
    Mr. Achim Schkade, Head of Division for International Environmental Policy, Biodiversity and Water Diplomacy, Germany
     
    Summing up and conclusion
    Dr. Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Kazakh-German University, Kazakhstan

Format


The conference will be conducted online on a Zoom platform. Synchronous translation from/to English and Russian will be provided to the participants of the conference. The Instructions on how to connect to Zoom is provided here.

  • There are expected to be developed policy briefs under each thematic session, which will be held February 23 - 25, 2022. Policy briefs are expected to be 4000 - 6000-word analytical written works aiming at explaining aspects of transfer and implementation of science-driven know-hows in policy areas as outlined by the conference’s thematic and geographical focus. The briefs will cover the overall aims of the session area rather than focus on each presentation presented by the speakers.
  • Authors are invited to submit research works examining climate, energy, water resources, land and agriculture, sustainable logistics and other areas relevant to the thematic scope of the series. Working paper series seeks research evidence about new scientific inventions and novel ways of applications of scientific discoveries in the above-mentioned areas, as well as an important account of functioning,  contextualization and customization of both novel and existing application of science as pertinent to countries in Central Asia. The requirements for Working papers are available here.

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