The 11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-Disasters in Asia (MGDA-11), 22-28 October 2013, Nepal 

Final Circular

Himalayan Landslide Society (HiLS) together with its partner organizations in Nepal and Japan is going to organize the 11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-disasters in Asia (MGDA-11) in Kathmandu and Pokhara cities of Nepal on 22-28 October 2013. This series of international symposiums has been an instrumental forum for the advancement of geo-disaster mitigation technology in Asia. Geoscientists and geo-engineers from all over the world have largely contributed and benefited from each other during the past MGDA events. The forthcoming event is going to be one more building block to enhance the geo-engineering knowledge and to understand further the geo-disaster phenomena in Asia as well as in the world. This is the first time that an MGDA symposium is going to be held in Nepal, a popular destination for world geo-scientists and tourists. 

Symposium venues

MGDA-11 will have two venues for the symposium. The main inaugural symposium will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu (, which is located in Lazimpat area and is in close proximity of Thamel, one of the famous tourist hubs in Kathmandu, and is conveniently situated for reaching out to most places of interest in the Kathmandu Valley. Then, following a two-day symposium excursion, the second part of the symposium will be held at Hotel Barahi ( of Pokhara city, a popular tourist destination in Nepal and located some 200 km west of Kathmandu. Hotel Barahi is located centrally near the main tourist area (Lakeside) and provides a spectacular view of the white Himalayan mountains to the north.

Symposium venue I: Kathmandu– the city of temples and world cultural heritages


 Symposium venue II: Pokhara – the city of lakes and mountains

 Symposium format

Following the format of the past MGDAs, thematic oral sessions will be held at each symposium venue. Due to a high number of presentation interests in the Kathmandu symposium, however, the organizing committee has decided to run two parallel sessions in each time frame during the inaugural symposium in Kathmandu. The thematic sessions consist of the following main themes.

  • Landslide study and case histories
  • Landslide and Flood hazards and their management
  • Landslide and debris flow: hazard and simulation
  • Geotechnical investigations for geo-disaster mitigation 


The overall symposium program has also been planned to include a total of three excursion tours: one mid-symposium excursion and two post-symposium excursions. The mid-symposium excursion program will be held in between Kathmandu and Pokhara symposiums while the post-symposium excursions will take place in the end and will focus at geo-disasters in Pokhara valley and landslide-related disasters along the national roadway connectingNepal andTibet (China).

Extended abstract and full paper submission

All submitted extended abstracts will be published in an abstract volume of International Journal of Landslide and Environment (IJLE), and the submitted full papers will be published in a regular volume of IJLE after a peer reviewing process in April 2014. The full paper can be submitted through the online submission system of the International Journal of Landslides and Environment (IJLE)

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