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July 27, 2021. The spread of new variants of the coronavirus makes the situation in Vietnam and internationally more uncertain than ever. We are deeply sorry to announce the cancellation sine die of the “Vietnam” chapter of our conference “Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific region” which was to be held in Quy Nhon in October 2021.

We are still willing to gather the scientific community working on climate change in the Asia-Pacific region and will organize the conference when the situation will be back to normal.


The Asia-Pacific region is one of the main regional climate systems of the world and is subjected to many climatic hazards (monsoon, El Niño, typhoons, flooding, drought, sea level rise, coastal erosion …). A large part of the Asia-Pacific populations lives in low altitude coastal regions and is thus strongly vulnerable to those hazards. Understanding how the Asia-Pacific regional system will be affected by climate change, from the environmental impacts to the socioeconomic aspects, is thus an important scientific issue. IRD, USTH and Rencontres du Vietnam, with the support of several institutions (AFD, French Embassy in Vietnam …), will jointly organize at ICISE (Quy Nhon, Vietnam) the international conference about “Climate change in the Asia-Pacific region: from environmental aspects to socioeconomic impacts”, from October 11 to 15, 2021.

Southeast Asia has 9% of the world population and is undergoing rapid economic and urban development, accompanied by a growing dependency on environmental resources and a strong human pressure on those resources. The conference host country Vietnam is the third most populated country in southeast Asia and is particularly vulnerable to climatic hazards.

The conference will focus on interdisciplinary studies, and will regroup specialists from all of the disciplines involved in the study of climate change impacts. Indeed, the components of the regional socio-environmental system are strongly interconnected, with interactions within the climate system, as well as between environment and society. An interdisciplinary approach is therefore fundamental to tackle the numerous issues raised by climate change.


The program will be based on 5 main sessions :

  • S1 : The climate system
    Atmosphere, ocean, continents. Including extreme events to long term and large scale changes, marine heatwaves, changes of ENSO, changes in hydroclimate…
  • S2 : Socio-ecological systems and biodiversity
    Carbon and nutrient cycles, biogeochemical cycles, living organisms, species migrations…
  • S3 : Impacts on society
    Health, economy, demography, migrations, vulnerability, food security, water supply …
  • S4 : Adaptation, mitigation and resilience
    Gouvernance, political, social, and cultural implications; nature-based solutions; opportunities and risks…
  • S5 : From climate projections to impacts and solutions: case studies in Asia-Pacific
    Including in particular interdisciplinary approaches

Keynote Speakers

    • Kathryn Bowen, IAAS, Germany / ANU, Australia
    • Jean-Pierre Gattuso, CNRS, Sorbonne Univ., Iddri, France
    • Stephane Hallegatte, World Bank, USA
    • Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum, Germany
    • Zelina Zaiton Ibrahim, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
    • Dang Kieu Nhan, Can Tho University, Vietnam
    • Taikan Oki, University of Tokyo, Japan
    • Janet Sprintall, Scripps Institution of OceanographyUC San Diego, USA
    • Yongyut Trisurat, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Scientific Committee

Marine Herrmann, IRD, France. Coordinator
Ngo Duc Thanh, USTH, Vietnam. Coordinator
Mukand S. Babel, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Kathryn Bowen, IAAS, Germany / ANU, Australia
Laura David, Univ. Philippines, Philippines
Alexis Drogoul, IRD, France/Vietnam
Etienne Espagne, AFD, France
Jean-Pierre Gattuso, CNRS, Sorbonne Univ., Iddri, France
Stéphane Hallegatte, World Bank, USA
Le Toan Thuy, CNRS, France
Benoit Meyssignac, CNES, France
Nguyen Trung Viet, Thuy Loi University, Vietnam
Sylvain Ouillon, IRD, France
Pascal Perez, Univ. of Wollongong, Australia
Janet Sprintall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
Annick Suzor-Weiner, Univ. Paris-Sud, France and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
Fredolin Tangang, Univ. Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
Santosh Kumar Sarkar, Univ. of Calcutta, India

Organizing Committee

Tran Thanh Van, RDV – ICISE, coordinator, France/Vietnam
Marine Herrmann, IRD, co-coordinator, France
Ngo Duc Thanh, USTH, Vietnam
Alexis Drogoul, IRD, Vietnam
Sylvain Ouillon, IRD, France
Virginie Bleitrach, AFD, Vietnam
Nguyen Huong-Hue, AFD, Vietnam
Tran Thanh Son, Rencontres du Vietnam, Vietnam
Etienne Rolland-Piegue, Ambassade de France au Vietnam


Since 1993 the “Rencontres du Vietnam“, which is an official partner of UNESCO, has organized international scientific conferences and schools to foster exchanges between Vietnamese or Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world. In order to give even more scope to this North-South cooperation, “Rencontres du Vietnam” has created The International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE), in the city of Quy Nhon (Central Vietnam).


ICISE has the ambitious objective to focus on developing Science and Education, helping young Asian students and scientists to meet with the International Science community, bringing the opportunity to accelerate their knowledge from attending lectures and sharing ideas with overseas high-level counterparts.



For questions regarding the scientific program, please contact:

Marine Herrmann (marine.herrmann@ird.fr) or Ngo Duc Thanh (ngo-duc.thanh@usth.edu.vn)

For any administrative information, including requests for invitation letters for visa applications, please contact:
Aimie Fong (rencontres.vietnam@gmail.com)
Secretary of the Rencontres du Vietnam
BP 33, F-91192, Gif sur Yvette, France
Tel: 33 (0)1 69 28 51 35 / 33(0)7 81 29 44 15

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