Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean (PLAC) Initiative

PLAC 2018 - Call for Submissions

4th Annual Conference: Climate Change, Resilience, and Environmental Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean

September 28, 2018 with Satellite Events between September 15 - October 15

PLAC conferences promote interaction and collaboration across Penn Schools. This year we focus on climate change as it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the projected mean warming for Latin America to the end of the century ranges from 1 to 4°C. This warming, already experienced through more frequent extreme weather events, has major social, political, economic, environmental, health, and financial implications. In this conference we aim to understand how the region is tackling these complex challenges:

  • The policies that have been or are in the process of being implemented for adaptation and mitigation

  • The trade-offs of transitioning to a greener economy considering the economic dependency on fossil fuels and mineral extraction

  • The socio-political, economic, environmental, health, and financial implications of climate change and how they will affect the development path and welfare of the region

  • Resiliency initiatives to overcome catastrophic weather related events and the protection of the most vulnerable populations

Call for Abstracts

Penn faculty, students, alumni, and their outside collaborators are invited to submit abstracts related to their research, education, and practice activities in the LAC region, with any relationship to the conference focus. Presentations that include specific follow-up action/engagement opportunities for Penn students and faculty are most desirable. If accepted, you may be invited for full 15-minute presentations or a 2-minute electronic “poster” presentation on the main conference of September 28.

Abstract Submissions (for projects completed or in progress):

  • Presentation title

  • Primary author (and presenter if different) contact information

  • Names, credentials, and affiliation of all authors

  • Limit to 300 words, size 12 font, 8.5 x 11” format, single-spaced with 1” margins

  • Abstracts may be submitted in English or any other language of the LAC region. E-posters may also be in any LAC language but oral presentations must be in English

Submit via email to: plac@seas.upenn.edu

Due by: 5 pm EST July 20, 2018

All abstract submitters will be notified by August 10, 2018

Accepted Presentations: Oral presentations (in English) will be limited to 15 minutes. Posters will be electronic only and should be configured PNG file with 16:9 aspect ratio (such as 1920x1080 pixels, landscape mode) or, Google Slides presentation in 16:9 aspect ratio.

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Previous PLAC Conferences

Learn about previous PLAC Conferences. 

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3rd PLAC Conference (2017)

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2nd PLAC Conference (2016)

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Inaugural PLAC Conference (2015)

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3rd PLAC Conference (2017)

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2nd PLAC Conference (2016)

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Inaugural PLAC Conference (2015)

History & Background

In the fall of 2014, the School of Nursing, under the newly appointed Dean, Dr. Antonia Villarruel, reached out to representatives from Schools across the Penn campus to gauge interest in forming the Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean group.  The strong positive response led to a meeting on December 15, 2014.  More than 60 individuals from eight Penn Schools, the Perry World House, Penn Global, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia were in attendance.

In the years since, the University of Pennsylvania, led by an interdisciplinary team from across campus, hosts an annual "PLAC" conference to showcase the depth and breadth of institutional and faculty engagement in the region. Learn more about the PLAC conferences below.

PLAC Steering Committee

A Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean (PLAC) Steering Committee was formed, comprised of over ten representatives from across the University of Pennsylvania.