Arequipa, 11 August, 2014 The WRF 2014 countdown has started. Many participants from all over the world have already registered, benefiting from the attractive early bird discounts. After August 16 participants will need to pay the full conference fee. Register here.
The WRF community will this time gather in the magnificent city of Arequipa, Peru, from 19-23 October, to discuss the global resources challenges, this year in particular in the light of climate change. According to conference coordinator Maria-Lucia Hijar, who works in the WRF office in Switzerland, the program is close to be finalised, but “we want to remain flexible for last-minute changes”.
Some details are already online, other speakers still need to confirm before appearing on the website. As always there has been an overwhelming interest for organising workshops, as well as contributing to the scientific program of oral and poster sessions. Have a look at the provisional program here.
Maria-Lucia says she is impressed with the work of the Peru based organisation team in Lima and Arequipa and looks forward to visiting her hometown soon to “see it all happening after so many months of preparation”. She was born in Arequipa, lives in Switzerland since 7 years, and is “thrilled to be able to combine her study with a part time job as conference coordinator of WRF 2014.”
Among this year’s highlights of the World Resources Forum are high-level panels on policies, business opportunities, circular economy and Cleaner Production, and lifestyles and education. As has been the case in previous years the conference will also include inspiring arts and entertainment.
The WRF Parade – modelled after the Zurich Street Parade – will have some loud music and movement, there will be journalist, photo and drawing competitions, award ceremonies, surprise shows, the famous traditional WRF Conference Banquet in the most remarkable setting ever, and a range of once in a lifetime post conference tours and field trips.
A virtual animated guided tour in the conference venue, Cerro Juli, which is the largest Convention Centre of Peru, can be seen here:
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