2nd Call for Papers (Extended Abstracts) [NOW CLOSED] Deadline for Submission: 5 January 2018

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: Voices of the Global South
27-29 June 2018 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

General Information | Review & Selection Criteria | Key Dates | Publication


The UNESCO Chair invites authors from research, industry, policy or civil society to submit their abstracts under one of the Conference’s Breakout Sessions. You can find more information on the Conference’s Sessions by downloading the Second Call for Papers (Extended Abstracts) Document.

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

The extended abstract should include:

  • A focused description of research objectives and research methodology, or if appropriate, description of case study objectives and outcomes.
  • Potential development impact
  • Recommendations for future research and application in practice

Abstracts will need to adhere to the 1,000 word limit using the prescribed template and should be submitted by using the Tech4Dev 2018 Online Submission System no later than 5 January 2018.

Extended abstracts which do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered.

Authors and presenters are invited to submit papers (extended abstracts) focusing on research results, case studies, or challenges relevant to the selected Breakout Sessions.

Papers (extended abstracts) should be clear, concise, and written in English.  Authors of selected papers will be expected to present their research during Breakout Sessions. Information detailing Breakout session format will be discussed with Session Leaders.

Authors of quality papers (extended abstracts) might be invited to present their research results during the conference by presenting a poster. Presenters of a poster will be expected to make a 3-minute presentation during a set time-slot at the Conference to explain their poster and hand out any leaflets, or other information materials, they have available for viewers of their poster. A jury representing the Scientific Committee will be in attendance at the poster presentation to evaluate and select the « Best Tech4Dev 2018 Poster ».

The Scientific Committee cannot guarantee that the authors will be granted their preferred choice of presentation (paper or poster). The decision of the Scientific Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All presenting authors who are accepted for either a paper or poster presentation MUST be registered and the conference fees fully paid up by 16 March 2018. Arrangements and payment of travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participants. 

Financial Support

Some level of financial support may be available for session leaders and authors of high quality papers from developing or emerging countries. Financial support may be granted partially or in its entirety. The following expenses may be covered:

  • Waiver of the conference registration fee.
  • Shared accommodation on campus from Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 June 2018 (max. 4 nights booked and paid directly by the Conference Organizers).
  • A maximum contribution of 1,200 Swiss Francs upon receipt for an economy class, round-trip air ticket to Geneva plus train travel Geneva Airport-Swiss Tech Hotel-Geneva Airport. As per EPFL rules, reimbursement for travelling expenses will only be effected after attendance at the conference, by bank transfer and upon presentation of receipts

The Scientific Committee will review all abstract submissions. Abstracts will be evaluated according to a review criteria based on quality, potential impact, innovation, relevance and presentation.

The submitting author will be considered as the corresponding author of the abstract. The corresponding author will receive all correspondence concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing the other authors on its status.

Poster presenters will be notified by 8 February 2018 and given the technical specifications.

Authors will receive their peer-review feedback and final decision of acceptance or rejection by 8 February 2018.

Call for session, events and papers launched

18 July 2017

Session and events submission closes

30 Sep 2017

Session and Event Leaders receive decision of proposal acceptance

7 Nov 2017

Second call for papers (extended abstracts) launched

11 Nov 2017

Papers (Extended abstract) submission closes

5 Jan 2018


5 Jan-31 Jan 2018

Author notification for Extended Abstracts and poster presentations

8 February 2018

Submission of finalized event program to conference organizers

8 February 2018

Papers accepted to be presented at the Conference might be selected for submission to the Journal of Development Engineering (Elsevier) or for the Tech4Dev Conference Open Access Publication (most likely with Springer). Selected papers can also appear as electronic proceedings on the conference website.