IST-Africa 2024 Conference

20 - 24 May 2024


Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa Week 2024 (20 - 24 May) is the nineteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences. IST-Africa 2024 is supported by IEEE Computer Society, with IEEE Society on Societal Implications of Technology as a Technical Co-Sponsor.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, IST-Africa 2024 will take place as a virtual event during May.

IST-Africa Week 2024 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 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

2024 Final Programme

The IST-Africa 2024 Final Programme incorporates 23 thematically focused sessions featuring over 100 presenters from the public, private, education, research and societal organisations from 20 countries. Click here to view presentations within sessions.

Please note that session times in the online programme are based on UTC+1. Please adjust accordingly to your time zone.

Click here to download the Final Programme brochure which includes sessions times in UTC+1, UTC+2 (Central Europe, South Africa), UTC+3 (East Africa).

Thematic areas include:

- Monday 20 May - CyberSecurity, Societal Implications of Technology

- Tuesday 21 May - eHealth, Global Development and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship

- Wednesday 22 May - Next Generation Computing, Content Technologies

- Thursday 23 May - Technology-enhanced Learning,

- Friday 24 May - eGovernment, Energy and eInfrastructures, eAgriculture and Environmental Sustainability

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.