UNESCO Tech4Dev 2016

May 2, 2016 — May 4, 2016   |   Lausanne, Switzerland

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Technological innovation is vital to address global challenges such as climate change, pollution, disease, rising inequalities, and chronic poverty. We need renewable energy sources, efficient transport networks, effective public health systems, well-designed infrastructure, improved agricultural systems, and access to quality education for everyone.

The 4th International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development, (Tech4Dev 2016): From Innovation to Social Impact will give participants an opportunity to:

  • Present research at a unique multidisciplinary conference focused on innovative technologies for social impact in the Global South;
  • Network across disciplines and fields of technology to promote the development, deployment, adaptation, and scaling of new solutions for the Global South; and
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with diverse stakeholders – academics, students, engineers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, practitioners, and social scientists – interested in technological innovation in the Global South.

Core Thematic Areas:

  • Technologies for Humanitarian Action
  • Medical Technologies
  • Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Technologies for Sustainable Access to Energy
  • ICT for Development
  • Technologies for Sustainable Habitat and Cities

Invitation to Submit Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts for paper or poster presentations focusing on research results, case studies, or challenges relevant to the Breakout Sessions.

Abstracts should emphasize the value of technological innovation while also acknowledging the limits of technology in generating inclusive social and economic development.

Extended abstracts should be submitted online using the prescribed template no later than November 6, 2015. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and conditional acceptance will be sent by December 7, 2015. The deadline for full paper submission is January 15, 2016. Some level of financial support may be available for authors of high-quality papers from developing or emerging countries.

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