IST-Africa 2022 Conference

May 2022

Welcome

Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation and Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa Week 2022 (May) is the seventeenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences.

IST-Africa Week 2022 will provide a world-class international forum to showcase existing technology-enabled Research, Innovation and ICT4D activities and capacity in Africa, Europe and other parts of the world. The Conference Programme combines strategic keynote presentations, a High-Level Roundtable, technical and policy papers, case studies and workshops. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research cooperation under Horizon Europe.

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 2022 week.

2022 Call for Papers Deadline 30 November

The Scientific Programme for IST-Africa 2022 is based on a double blind peer review of Papers submitted to an open Call for Papers which closes on 30 November 2021.

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

Each presenter will present ONE paper in the Programme. Please only submit papers for review where there are authors/co-authors who will complete registration. Please do not submit multiple papers for which there is only one author who can register.

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:

- Technology-enabled Healthcare (mHealth /eHealth)

- Technology-enhanced Learning and eSkills

- Technology-enabled Agriculture (mAgriculture /eAgriculture) & Environmental Sustainability

- Energy - ICT for Power Delivery, Micro-grids

- eInfrastructures and NRENs (National Research and Education Networks)

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

- eGovernment and Public Service Delivery

- Content Technologies including Languages; Digital Preservation

- Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust

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

- Global Development (including ICT4D)

- Societal Implications of Technology

Click here to download the Call for Papers brochure. Click here to submit a full paper for review.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU's key funding programme for Research and Innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion from 2021 - 2027. This includes EUR 5.4 billion from the Next Generation EU instrument, particularly to support the green and digital recovery from the COVID crisis.

The Horizon Europe budget is divided amongst a number of Pillars and associated components to create a programme supporting all areas of research and innovation. The Three key Pillars are Excellent Science; Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness; and Innovative Europe. The final component of Horizon Europe is focused on Strengthening the European Research Area.