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Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty?

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


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Call for Abstracts

The UNESCO Chair invites authors from research, industry, policy or civil societies to submit their abstracts against one of the most appropriate of the three guiding themes of the conference. These themes have been chosen to stimulate discussion in order to identify methods and instruments which would effectively contribute to improving scientific research and poverty reduction.

The abstracts can either offer examples or pilot experiences of concrete applications or provide reflections on these issues. Abstracts should be based on North-South/South-South collaborations and/in partnerships involving a diversity of actors. For all three themes, abstracts should emphasize how science and technologies can support development projects in terms of:

  • Best practices and their added value as regards to methods;
  • More effective exchange of knowledge to identify field application gaps;
  • Lessons learned and challenges;
  • Methods and instruments of implementation, transfer of knowledge and know-how.

In principle, whilst abstracts should focus on the four main research sectors of the UNESCO Chair, any contributions dealing with sustainable development related to the generic themes of the conference are also welcome.

Why you should consider presenting?

  • A chance to share and showcase good practice or research with others in the field.
  • Opportunity to create networks and communities of practice with others interested in the same issues.
  • An occasion to let others outside your own local area know your interests and/or strengths.
  • The prospect to get published with the world’s second-biggest publishing house in science and business media, Springer-Verlag.

General Information

  • Authors are invited to submit brief abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations relevant to the Conference Themes. For oral presentations, presenters will be requested to make a 20 minute presentation at the conference. For poster presentations, presenters will be requested to be available to discuss their work during refreshment breaks.
  • The selection of papers for presentation at the conference will follow a two stage process: (i) initial screening based on submitted abstracts; a conditional acceptance will be issued and (ii) final selection based on full manuscript, in accordance with guidelines to be distributed at time of notification.
  • The Scientific Committee cannot guarantee that the presentation type of choice will be granted to authors. The decision of the Scientific Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • All presenting authors, whose abstracts are accepted, MUST be paid registrants no later than 31 March 2012
  • If the abstract must be withdrawn for some reason, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Notification of Acceptance

  • Receipt of abstract submission will be acknowledged via email.
  • The Scientific Committee will review all abstract submissions. Abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  •     – Relevance to the conference themes;    
        – Innovative concept versus an extension of existing work;    
        – Originality of the methodology;    
        – Contribution to the discipline globally;    
        – Clarity and understandability.

  • Successful authors will be invited to submit a full paper or poster by 28 February 2012, in accordance with full paper guidelines and poster specifications to be distributed when the time comes.

Publication after the Conference