Paper and Abstract Submission

Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty?

29-31 May, 2012 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


Record Number of Abstracts Received!

We received a record number of almost 400 abstracts, and the Conference Organizing Committee would like to thank all authors who submitted an abstract for Tech4Dev 2012. Notification and guidelines (paper and/or posters) to authors have been emailed out. A reminder to all authors who have been short-listed that full papers must be submitted by 28 February 2012. Acceptance in the conference program will only be determined after the full paper review.

Please note that only papers adherings to the below guidelines (content, structure, and format) will be accepted. The decision of the Scientific Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By submitting a paper and/or poster the authors agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it.

All presenting authors, MUST be paid registrants.

Guidelines Content >> for Papers and/or Posters

Papers and/or posters submitted need to stimulate discussion to identify methods and instruments that can effectively contribute to improving scientific research and poverty reduction. Papers and/or posters should contribute to the outcome of the conference and should emphasize how science and technologies can support development projects. Papers and/or posters must illustrate:

  • Examples of best practices to show how both science and the advance of development can be inclusive in terms of their added value regarding:

     – Methods, instruments of implementation, transfer of knowledge and know-how
     – Multidisciplinary approach
     – Innovation
     – Establishment of partnerships in a transdisciplinary way
     – Involvement from diverse sectors (e.g., civil societies, IOs, decision makers, private sector, etc.).

  • Lessons learned/challenges and gaps/needs for field applications
  • Papers and/or posters should reply to at least three of the questions pertaining to the Conference Theme selected. >> Conference Themes

Guidelines Structure >> for Papers

     – Introduction and Purpose: Subject of the paper
     – Design and Methods: Authors’ approach to the issue/theme
     – Results: Response to specific Theme questions, examples of best practices
     – Conclusions: Lessons learned/challenges and gaps/needs for field applications

Guidelines Structure >> for Posters

     – Title, Name and Affiliation of Author

     – Introduction and Purpose: Subject of the poster
     – Design and Methods: Authors’ approach to the issue/theme
     – Results: Response to specific theme questions, examples of best practices
     – Conclusions: Lessons learned/challenges and gaps/needs for field applications

       … with an emphasis on the latter two.

Guidelines Format >> for Papers

Papers should be submitted using the prescribed template (see attached) in Microsoft Word format (*.doc or *.docx) and sent to no later 28 February 2012 (by midnight local Swiss time).

File name format should be as follows << Abstract Record No_Paper_Tech4Dev 2012_Last name, First name.doc >>.

Papers should be clear, concise and written in English. The English must be well written and should be checked by someone well versed in writing in English.

Guidelines Presentation & Dimensions >> for Posters


  • The accent should be put on illustrations such as figures, graphs and photos. Text should mainly be used to support these illustrations.
  • Wherever possible, graphs should be given priority over tables for better readability.
  • Furthermore, the presentation should follow the usual reading order: from left to right and from top to bottom.
  • The poster has to be legible from a distance of 2 to 3 meters, i.e. letters should have a height of at least 6 mm.


The total area available for the presentation of the poster is 120 cm (width) x 180 cm (height). The recommended poster size is DIN A0 format (84cm x 119cm), in portrait orientation.

We kindly ask you to put up your poster in the beginning of the morning of the conference (29 May) according to the numbering that you will be given at a later stage and take it down again on the last day of the conference (31 May).

Please note that it is not necessary to send us the poster beforehand. However, we would appreciate to receive an updated abstract (max 320 words) according to attached template, no later than 28 February, 2012.