IST-Africa 2019 Conference

May 2019

Welcome

Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa Week 2019 (May) is the fourteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences. The host country and specific dates in May will be published later in the year.

Focused on Information Society and ICT Policy Dialogues, International Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building, each conference brings together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.

IST-Africa Week is the flagship event of the IST-Africa initiative, co-funded under the European Framework Programme since 2005 - current Contract No. 723240.

The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are to

- Support Development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy in Africa

- Promote International Research Innovation, and Policy Cooperation and Coordination

- Showcase African Research and Innovation Capacity

- Stimulate exploitation of research results by the public and private sectors

Other co-located multi-lateral and bi-lateral meetings will place during the IST-Africa 2019 week.

2019 Call for Papers Deadline 15 December

The Scientific Programme for IST-Africa 2019 is based on a double blind peer review of Papers submitted to an open Call for Papers which closes on 15 December 2018.

Full papers (8 pages in length) following the Paper Guidelines provided and uses the IST-Africa Template should be submitted online for review.

Workshop proposals can also be submitted online for consideration. A workshop session normally lasts for 90 mins with 4 - 5 presenters per session.

Thematic areas for papers and workshops include:

- Global Development including ICT4D

- mAgriculture / eAgriculture & Environmental Sustainability

- mHealth, eHealth & Health Information Systems

- eGovernment - Services to Citizens & Business

- Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship (including Social Entrepreneurship)

- Content Technologies: Languages; Digital Preservation

- Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust

- eInfrastructures and NRENs (National Research and Education Networks)

- Next Generation Computing: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Internet, Internet of Things (IoT)

- Technology-enhanced Learning and eSkills

- Societal Implications of Technology

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 commenced in January 2014 as the new Framework Programme to implement the Innovation Union with research and innovation funds of €80 billion from 2014 - 2020.

Horizon 2020 addresses all research and innovation funding that was previously provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development (e.g. FP7), Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Support for Research and Innovation under Horizon 2020 includes:

- Strengthening research in Science

- Strengthening Industrial leadership in Innovation, including investment in key technologies, access to capital and support for SMEs

- Address Societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable transport and mobility, affordable renewal energy, food security, ageing population

The Work Programmes for 2018 - 2020 were published on 27 October 2017 with the updated version for 2019 published on 24 July 2018. Click here to download updated Work Programmes.

IST-Africa has prepared two resources to support engagement with Horizon 2020:

- IST-Africa Introduction to Horizon 2020 is designed to support newcomers to Horizon 2020 to better understand the structure, rules and expectations.

- IST-Africa Guide to 2018 Calls for Proposals in Horizon 2020 provides an overview of Calls, themes and deadlines during 2018 within the Marie Curie, eInfrastructures, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) and each of the Societal Challenges (Health, Food Security and Agriculture, Energy, Transport, Environment, Inclusive and Reflective Societies, Secure Societies) Work Programmes.