IST-Africa 2020 Conference

18 - 22 May 2020

Final Programme

Due to the unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health and well being of IST-Africa Community Members, IST-Africa 2020 will take place as a virtual event from 18 - 22 May.


The Final Programme incorporates 31 thematically focused sessions featuring over 95 presenters from public, private, education and research organisations in 21 countries as a single track event from 18 - 22 May. It incorporates a mix of plenary presentations and thematic paper sessions presenting results across the conference thematic areas.

Plenary Presentations include:

- Welcome Address - Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Uganda

- Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa

- Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development - Future Perspectives - Fadila Boughanemi, Deputy Head, International Cooperation II (Asia, Africa, Middle East & External Relations), DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

- The Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-30) - Moses Bayingana, Senior Policy Officer for ICT, African Union Commission

- AfricaConnect: a Past, Present and Future Success Story for African Research and Education, Tom Fryer, Head of International Relations, GÉANT

- SAIS 2 - Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Southern Africa - Ilari Lindy, SAIS2, Namibia

- IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee - Supporting Sustainable Development - Paul Kostek, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee Events Chair

- Vincent Kaabunga, IEEE Africa Council Chair

Thematic areas addressed include:

- Monday 18 May - eInfrastructure, Global Development, Societal Implications of Technology

- Tuesday 19 May - eGovernment, Content Technologies, eHealth

- Wednesday 20 May - Entrepreneurship, Next Generation Computing, CyberSecurity

- Thursday 21 May - Technology-enhanced Learning

- Friday 22 May - eAgriculture, Environment Sustainability