Conference Program


Travelling day


08:00 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 11:00 Opening Session

prof. Kliment Naydenov, PhD ((Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Geography) and Prof. Vasil Marinov, PhD (Functional Vice-rector of Administration in Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“)

11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Speakers

Vasile Zotic – Associate Prof. Dr. Geogr. Urban Planner Vasile ZOTIC – FOUNDER OF CCAUBabeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

Diana Alexandru – Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Department of Human Geography and Tourism, Centre for Research on Settlements and Urbanism, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch – Alma Mater Restaurant, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel 15 Blvd.

13:30 – 17:30 Parallel Plenary Sessions

Session Geology and Geomorphology – HALL 2

Session Chairs: Prof. Tsveta Stanimirova, PhD; Assoc. Prof. Nikola Botoucharov, PhD and Prof. Ianko Gerdjikov, PhD

13:30-13:50 Nikolay Bonev, Petyo Filipov – Detrital zircon age constraint on the low-grade sedimentary succession along the Mareshnitsa River Valley, eastern Circum-Rhodope Belt, Bulgaria

13:50-14:10 Nikola Botoucharov – Burial history and hydrocarbon generating model of the Lower-Middle Jurassic sediments in the Tarnovo depression.

14:10-14:30 Zornitsa Dotseva, Tsveta Stanimirova, Dian Vangelov – Characteristics of Neogene clay materials in NW Bulgaria – new data for the area near Bela and Staropatitsa Villages

14:30-14:50 Docho Dochev, Lubomir Metodiev, Polina Pavlishina – Lower Maastrichtian inoceramid bivalves from Oslen-Krivodol section (Western Bulgaria) – preliminary biostratigraphical results

14:50-15:10 Coffee break  

15:10-15:30 Desislava Racheva, Stefka Dencheva, Kristina Metodieva – Study of different molybdenite polytypes from the Panicherevo molybdenum deposit, Sarnena Sredna Gora Mountain, Bulgaria

15:30-16:00 Discussion

16:10-17:00 Poster session and coffee break  

Session Climatology, Hydrology, Landscape Ecology and Environmental Protection – Aula

Session Chair: Prof. Nina Nikolova, PhD

13:30-13:50 Nina Nikolova – FAIR NEtwork of micrometeorological meaSurementS (FAIRNESS) – CA20108

13:50-14:10 Zoya Mateeva – A Methodical Approach to Assessment of the Local Climate Factors (For The Example of Sofia, Bulgaria)

14:10-14:30 Marco Langovic – Statistical Analysis of the Runoff Variations in the Nisava River Basin

14:30-14:50 Jafar Niyazov, Olga Kalashnikova – Assessment of runoff dynamics of the Amu Darya basin rivers in the context of climate change

14:50-15:10 Coffee break

15:10-15:30 Bilyana Borissova – Methodology for Assesing the Risk of Natural Fire in Protected Facilities

15:30-15:50 Borislav Grigorov – Soil Organic Carbon Contents in River Catchments

15:50-16:10 Hristo Popov – Trajectories of Mediterranean cyclones affecting precipitation in Bulgaria during the months of September-April for the period 2010-2020.

16:10-17:00 Poster session and coffee break  

Session Teaching and Education in Geography – New Conference Hall

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Maya Vassileva, PhD

13:30-13:45 Maya Vassileva – Regarding the digitization of geographic education

13:45-14:00 Stanislava Misheva – The Interdisciplinary Approach in Geography Education

14:00-14:15 Georgi Kotseff – The constructivist approach for inclusive education of children with special educational needs (SEN) in teaching geography

14:15-14:30 Victoria Stoyanova – Design thinking as a framework for implementing STEAM education

14:30-14:45 Coffee break

14:45-15:00 Jeton Kadriaj – Geographical education in the Republic of Kosovo – historical overview and prospects for development

15:00-15:15 Ginka Nedyalkova – The conceptual framework „Technological pedagogical subject knowledge“ – a field for research, development and experimentation in geographic education

15:15-15:30 Evdokia Gergova – Spatial thinking – a general characteristic and opportunities for development in history education

15:30-15:45 Lozina Georgieva – Примерен модел за развитие на географска грамотност в часовете за дейности по интереси

15:45-16:00 Katya Misheva – Digitization in the teaching of history and civilizations – projection in the curricula

16:00-17:00 Poster session and coffee break  

Session Geospatial Technologies – Hall 287

Chair: Assis. Prof. Eugenia Sarafova, PhD

13:30-13:50 Eugenia Sarafova – Narrative Spatialization: Exploring the Synergy of Spatial Storytelling, Data Visualization, and Data Journalism for Effective Information Communication

13:50-14:10 Leonid Todorov – GIS-based location analysis for hospital site selection: A case study on National Children’s Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria

14:10-14:30 Andrei Fîrțală-Cioncuț – Looking for the bigger picture through time lapse review. Utilizing RPAS in CS

14:30-14:50 TBA

14:50-15:10 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Poster Session  

Session Tourism – Hall 256

Chair: Prof. Mariana Assenova, PhD

13:30-13:50 Vasil Marinov, Elka Dogramadzhieva, Vera Nikolova, Rumen Minkovski, Elena Petkova,Radenka Mitova, Emil Petrov, Sia Cholakova, Atanas Kazakov, Vasia Qneva – From theory to practice: significant applied developments of lecturers from the Department of Tourism Geography for the period 1996-2015

13:50-14:10 Maria Vodenska – Comparative analysis of public assessments and attitudes towards sustainable tourism development in the national resorts of Albena and Borovets

14:10-14:30 Roumen Yankov, Mariela Nekova, Galin Petrov – Recreational functions of settlement formations of local importance

14:30-14:50Vania Vasileva, Dora Kabakchieva, Sevjan Sebrieva, Irina Pavlova, Veselka Georgieva – Assessment of the tourist functions of the Shumen Plateau Nature Park

14:50-15:10 Coffee break

15:10-15:30 Elena Petkova – Opportunities and challenges for tourism enterprises in relation to the pattern and trends of changes in tourist spending

15:30-15:50 Siya Cholakova, Elka Dogramadjieva – Online survey of tourist behaviour in protected territories – the case of Urdini lakes, Rila National Park

15:50-16:00 Discussion

16:00-17:00 Poster session and coffee break  

Session Human Geography – Hall 1

Chairs: Assis. Prof. Kaloyan Tsvetkov and Assis. Prof. Kiril Nikolov

13:30-13:50 Georgi Bardarov – Current state and integration of the Roma community in the Plovdiv region



14:30-14:50 Veselin Boyadzhiev – Regionalization – Past and Present

14:50-15:10 Coffee break

15:10-15:30 Rossen Korouchev – Ukrainian migration during the armed conflict from 24.02.2022. Refugee’s flows towards neighboring countries online

15:30-15:50 Petar Kirilov – Integration of the Roma community in Stolipinovo quarter, Plovdiv after Bulgaria’s accession to the EU

15:50-16:00 Discusison

16:00-17:00 Poster session and coffee break  

Students Session – Hall 289

13:30-13:45 Katerina Kostadinova

13:45-14:00 Krasina Radomirska

14:00-14:15 Iveta Lukova

14:15-14:30 Yordan Koprivlenski

14:30-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-15:15 Maria Chardaklieva

15:15-15:30 Maria  Kartuleva

15:30-15:45 Tsvetan  Markov

15:45-16:00 Zornitsa Yoneva

16:00-17:00 Poster session and coffee break  

18:30 Official Dinner

Ariana Hall Event Center, „Evlogi and Hristo Georgiev“ Blvd., 1164 Borisova Gradina, Sofia.


09:00 – 17:30 Parallel Plenary Sessions

Session Regional and Urban Studies – New Conference Room

Chair: Prof. Kliment Naydenov, PhD

09:20-09:40  Kliment Naydenov – Smart regional transformation

09:40-10:00 Metodi Ivanov – Opportunities for smart transformation in disaster risk management in Bulgaria

10:00-10:20 Nadezhda Ilieva, Kaloyan Tsvetkov – Spatial Dynamics in the Urban Ghettoized Structures in Bulgaria (Case study of Lom)

10:20-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:10 Antonina Atanasova – Sustainable cities – opportunities for smart transformation

11:10-11:30 Vasile Zotic, Diana-Elena Alexandru – Planning for Strategic Urban Development in relation to Climate Change. The Case of Cluj-Napoca City, Romania

11:30-12:00 Discussion

12:00-13:30 Lunch

Session Chair: Assoc. Prof. Kosyo Stoichev

13:30-13:50 Kosyo Stoichev – „Open Science“ – a tool for the development of geographical science and education

13:50-14:10 Hristo Dokov – Development trends in Europe and Bulgaria: How much is enough to achieve the desired state of ‘sustainable development’?

14:10-14:30 Ivailo Stamenkov – Exploring the regional dynamics of socio-economic development in Europe during the last decade

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch – Alma Mater Restaurant, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel 15 Blvd.

Session Geology and Geomorphology – HALL 2

Session Chairs: Session Geology and geomorphology: Prof. Tsveta Stanimirova, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Nikola Botoucharov, PhD and Prof. Ianko Gerdjikov, PhD

09:00-09:20 Stefan Velev, Anna Lazarova, Fatih Karaoglan, Oleg Vassilev, Mahmut Oğuz Selbesoğlu  – Early Jurassic and Late Cretaceous magmatism on Horseshoe Island, Antarctic Peninsula: New U-Pb and microstructural data

09:20-09:40 Stoyan Georgiev, Stefan Velev, Neven Georgiev, Stefan Metodiev, Docho Dochev, Eleonora Balkanska – Timeframe of the tectono-magamtic events of Livingston Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica: a review

09:40-10:00 Eleonora Balkanskа, Alexandre Kounov, Stoyan Georgiev  – New advances in the understanding of Bulgarian geology through fission-track analysis – a review

10:00-10:20 Deyan Lesigyarski, Anelia Nikolova, Boika Zlateva – Studying the Technology of Ancient Ceramic Sherds: An Interdisciplinary Approach through Magnetic and Spectrometric Measurements

10:20-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:10 Tsveta Stanimirova, Georgi Kirov – Modification of faujasite, sodalite and cancrinite in salt melts

11:10-11:30 Ianko Gerdjikov – The earthquakes on 6th of February 2023 within the boundary region of Turkey and Syria

11:30-11:50 Ahinora Baltakova – A model for coastal dune formation and dune typification in the northern part of Kavatsite Bay

11:50-12:00 Discussion

Session Climatology, Hydrology, Landscape Ecology and Environmental Protection – Aula

Session Chair: Assoc. Prof. Bilyana Borissova, PhD

09:00-9:20 Ralf-Uwe – Local climate regulation in cities as ecosystem service: Proposal of an indicator for Germany as part of the EU ecosystem accounting

09:20-09:40 Karsten Grunewald – Status and recent transformation processes of ecosystems and landscapes in Germany in the context of multiple crises

09:40-10:00 Ana Maria Pop – Map-based participatory activities in building peatland boardwalks

10:00-10:20 Nikolay Nikolov – Honey-bearing vegetation in habitat types T1H and T1J and its importance for biodiversity and beekeeping

10:20-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:10 Milena Tocheva – Analysis of the territory for sustainable beekeeping in the municipality of Krivodol using GIS and Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)

11:10-11:30 Petko Bozhkov – Stone run characteristics of stone runs in Vitosha Мountain (Bulgaria) 11:30-12:00  Discussion

12:00-13:30 Lunch – Alma Mater Restaurant, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel 15 Blvd.

13:30-13:50 Dimitar Zhelev – Road transport in Bulgaria as a factor in the contamination of soils with heavy metals

13:50-14:10 Dejana Jakovljević – Water quality “black points” in the Vojvodina Province in Serbia

14:10-14:30 Kalin Seimenov – Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) and their effectiveness
against water pollution caused by agricultural sources (A Bulgarian case study)

14:30-14:50 Ilia Dimitrov – Numerical Modeling of Watershed Runoff Using Shallow-Water Equations

14:50-15:00 Disscusion

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-15:50 Zvezdelina Marcheva – Application of R for statistical analysis and visualization in ecological hydrology

15:50-16:10 Jelena Svetozarevic, Nina Nikolova, Neli Hristova – Observed Changes in the Precipitation Regime in the Bulgarian-Serbian Cross-border Region for the period 1961-2020

16:10-16:30 Simeon Matev – Climate changes

16:30-16:50 Kalina Radeva – Impacts of different types of anthropogenic factors on water quality of mountain type rivers (R2), Danube River basin in Bulgaria

16:50-17:00 Discussion  

Session Tourism – Hall 256

Chair: Prof. Mariana Assenova, PhD

09:00-09:20 Valentin Kotsakov, Vasil Marinov, Mariana Assenova, Roumen Minkovski – Dimensions of еmployability in hospitality and tourism – the case of a Bulgarian spa destination

09:20-09:40 Roumen Minkovski, Ralitsa Aleksieva – Differences in the level of job satisfaction depending on the studied demographic characteristics of employees from travel agencies in the city of Sofia

09:40-10:00 Atanas Kazakov – The transformation of Еuropean city-states into destinations offering a combination of museum and culinary tours as part of their urban tourism development

10:00-10:20 Vasia Yaneva – Some aspects of recovery after Covid-19, on the example of Samokov municipality

10:20-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:10 Antoaneta Petrova – Challenges and Innovations in recent air travel services

11:10-11:30 Kalina Tilko – Perceptions of the local population regarding the benefits of the European Capital of Culture Plovdiv 2019 initiative and the characteristics of the personal experience

11:30-11:50 Lubomir Krastev – The events in the city of Sofia as a catalyst for the development of tourism and innovation

11:50 – 12: 10 Nikolay Jotovski – Effectiveness and efficiency of measures to support the activities of bulgarian tour operators under the conditions of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic (results of a survey among bulgarian tour operators)

12:00-13:30 Lunch  – Alma Mater Restaurant, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel 15 Blvd.

Session Human Geography – Hall 1

Chairs: Assis. Prof. Kaloyan Tsvetkov and Assis. Prof. Kiril Nikolov


09:20-09:40 Neli Veselinova – Medico-geographical analysis of the correlation between specific language disorders and dyslexia in children in Bulgaria

09:40-10:00 Nadezhda Zheckova – TBA

10:00-10:20 Discussion

10:20-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:10 Milena Panic – The Regional Aspect of the Labor Force in Serbia – Disparities and Trends online


11:30-11:50 Agnieszka Swietek – The transformation of Poles’ openness to cultural diversity – are we heading towards Western liberalism?

11:50-12:10 Danuta Piróg – Possibilities offered by job postings as data source for evaluating demand for geographers. Theoretical assumptions and empirical evidence

12:00-13:30 Lunch  – Alma Mater Restaurant, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel 15 Blvd.

Session project SUMMIT WP13 „Climate, weather and natural disasters“ – Hall 289

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Gergana Guerova, PhD

14:00-16:00 Project discussion

17:30 Sofia Tour – meeting point in front of the central entrance of the building, near the stairs.


Travelling Day