Conference Themes

Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty?

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


 

   THEME 1:  “Appropriate Technology”? Needs and Participation

This theme will focus on how to ensure that technologies for sustainable development are more effectively appropriated whilst responding to the social needs and the realities of the beneficiaries. Full papers, posters and oral presentations will need to reflect on such questions as:

  • How do we develop an “appropriate technology”?
  • How did the research support the development of such an appropriate technology?
  • How were the beneficiaries involved in the development of the technology?
  • How did the beneficiaries accept to use the technology?
  • How did the research take into account the social and beneficiaries needs?
  • How research could take into account the social and beneficiaries needs?
  • How do we ensure participation of the concerned stakeholders?
  • How can research be adapted to contexts?
 
THEME 2:  Towards a Sustainable Integrated Development? Partnerships and Systems

This theme will discuss interdisciplinary research and the establishment of partnerships in a cross disciplinary way (i.e., involvement of stakeholders from diverse sectors: civil societies, international organizations, decision makers, private sector, etc.). Full papers, posters and oral presentations will need to reflect on such questions as:

  • What kind of system can be developed to encourage and implement an interdisciplinary approach?
  • How can these partnerships help new directions for research, knowledge and capacity development needs related to   sustainable development
  • What kind of mechanism can support a multidisciplinary implementation and sustainable development?
  • What kind of partnership can ensure economic, social and environmental long term system supported by technologies?
 
THEME 3: Technology: Transfer or Co-Creation? Knowledge Sharing and Empowerment

This theme will explore ways of improving transfer and supporting co-creation of technologies. It will reflect on which methods and instruments are the most appropriate to guarantee sustainability of the transfer, analyze its impact on society and what can be done to promote the exchange of knowledge.  Full papers, posters and oral presentations will need to reflect on such questions as:

  • What can be done for a better co-creation of technology?
  • How can we better exchange North-South and South-South knowledge?
  • How can local knowledge be valorized in scientific research?
  • How can we improve intellectual cooperation and information diffusion?
  • What can be done to exchange good practices?