Conference on Zoology


The Central Department of Zoology (CDZ), Tribhuvan University and Alumni Association of the CDZ successfully organized First National Conference on Zoology: Biodiversity in a Changing World on 28-30 November 2020 on the occasional of 55th Anniversary of the department. This year on the occasion of the 56th Annual Day of the department, the CDZ-TU and AACDZ are planning to organize International Conference on Zoology 2021: Himalayan Biodiversity in the Face of Global Change on 29 November - 01 December 2021. During the epidemic prevention and control period, the conference will be organized virtually.

International Conference on Zoology

International Conference on Zoology 2021: Himalayan Biodiversity in the Face of Global Change

29 Nov – 01 Dec 2021



The biodiversity and ecosystem services have been severely affected due to global change and rapidly increasing anthropogenic activities, where many species are about to extinction. Climate change, overexploitation of natural resources, loss of biodiversity and release of pollutants to the environment have severely affected planetary and species health as well as the livelihood of people. A sustainable approach to manage the faunal resources has become inevitable for present and future generations. International Conference on Zoology 2021: Himalayan Biodiversity in the Face of Global Change (ICZ 2021) is the general Zoology conference, which will incorporate all aspects Zoology, and not particular sub-disciplines only.

ICZ 2021 is a conference of zoology, with special focus on the biodiversity of the mountain system of the world and particularly on the Himalayan Region, which supports rich biodiversity providing ecosystem services that benefit over a billion people. Global mountain systems are rich repository of biodiversity and sources of ecosystem services that reaches far beyond the geographic limits. Almost half of the world’s populations are benefited from the mountain systems for water, biodiversity, medicines, forest products, recreation, etc. Therefore, mountains have an important role in the maintenance of ecosystem functions and services, biodiversity conservation and promotion sustainable livelihood of the people.

Himalaya, the third pole of the earth, is under severe threats of anthropogenic climate change and its consequences. Himalayan biodiversity faces growing challenges due to global change, the growing demand for resources, the dynamic geology, the growth in tourism, and the pressures of industry and agriculture. As a result of changes in habitat, ecosystem structure and function, Himalayan fauna are threatened more rapidly than elsewhere.

Aims and scopes

The ICZ 2021 aims to bring together academicians, scientists, researchers, research scholars, students, experts and policy makers to share and discuss latest innovation on all aspects the biodiversity and ecosystem services; and species and planetary health in the context of the global change. This interdisciplinary platform provides opportunity to share practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the faunal research and management. It will also provide an opportunity to the participants to network, to collaborate and to develop innovative ideas in the research.

Major themes of the conference

Under the main theme “Himalayan Biodiversity in the Face of Global Change” and incorporating all aspects of Zoology, this conference is dedicated to understanding and managing biodiversity in the era of global change. Taxonomy, genetic, species and ecological diversity, endangered species, ecology, ecosystem services, impacts of climate change on health, species and ecosystem, human- wildlife conflicts, biodiversity conservation: integrating science and policy, anthropogenic impacts, sustainable development, etc. are important areas of deliberations. The deliberations will be organized around the following general themes but are not limited to:

1. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

2. Conservation Approaches: Bridging Science and Policy

3. One Health: Species and Planetary Health

4. Global Change and Nature-based Solutions

5. Human Dimensions of Zoology


  • Keynote Speeches by the Specialists in the Concern Field
  • Deliberations of Leading Invited Speakers
  • Excellent Oral and E-poster Presentations

Plenary and Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Christian Korner, University of Basel, SWITZELAND

Prof. Dr. Hans-O. Poertner, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology; Alfred-Wegener-Institute, GERMANY

Prof. Dr. Paul Beier, Regents’ Professor emeritus, Conservation Research Fellow, Center for Large Landscape Conservation; Northern Arizona University, USA.

Prof. Dr. Serge Morand, Research director at CNRS/CIRAD, FRANCE

Prof. Dr. Zhibin Zhang, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA

Prof. Dr. David Hik, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, CANADA

Dr. Davnah Urbach, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), University of Bern, SWITZERLAND.

Important Dates

Conference date: 29 November – 01 December 2021 (13-15 Mangsir 2078)

Abstract submission deadline (extended): 20 November 2021

Registration deadline (extended): 25 November 2021

Full paper submission deadline (extended): 25 November 2021


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Conference Registration Fees:

Nepali Citizen: NRS 1000

Nepali Student: NRS 500

SAARC Citizens: US$ 10

Foreign Nationalities: US$ 20

Account Number: 04500100099023000001
Bank: Nepal Bank Limited, Kirtipur Branch, Kathmandu
Swift Code: NEBLNPKA

ICZ 2021 Schedule

ICZ 2021 is all set to go! Here is the schedule for the ICZ 2021.

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International Conference on Zoology 2021: Himalayan Biodiversity in the Face of Global Change

In the last century, Nepal’s rich faunal biodiversity has become considerably depleted due to rapid population growth, excessive resource extraction and infrastructure developments. As a result, the country's wilderness areas marginalized and habitats are degraded and fragmented resulting increased threats to species. Under this situation, a need was felt for an academic institution to educate, train and produce qualified man power for teaching, research and conservation. Such a thought process led to the setting up of the Department of Zoology under the Institute of Science and Technology (IoST) in Tribhuvan University (TU).

Department of Zoology was established in 1965 with the mandates of producing qualified man power on Zoology, carrying out research, and advising Government on matters of faunal resources. Later, it was upgraded as the Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University (CDZ-TU) in 1987. CDZ- TU has now become a leading institute of Zoology in Nepal using its expertise to advance knowledge and influencing public policy and perception on faunal resources.

Till today, around two thousand graduates have been produced from CDZ. CDZ graduates working in different fields declared the formation of “Alumni Association of the Central Department of Zoology (AACDZ)” in 2019 at the 54th Anniversary Celebration of CDZ to promote the interests, welfare and aims of CDZ-TU and its alumni by establishing and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship among the members.

The Central Department of Zoology and AACDZ are planning to organize First National Conference on Zoology: Biodiversity in Changing World. Considering the current health crisis due to COVID 19 pandemics, we are organizing the conference virtually from 28 to 30 November 2020

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