In June 2014, attendees of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development’s international conference will scrutinize some of the big questions about technology. What makes a technology succeed in reducing poverty? And what part of the process of making and delivering a technology is essential and suitable for worldwide deployment? Is it design, or creating value chains, building local capacity or partnering with governmentas and local organizations?

The UNESCO Chair has issued an invitation for abstracts for presentation during the discussions. E4C members may consider acting on this opportunity to present your research.

The absracts should summarize research papers or posters falling under one of the conference’s three themes:

  1. What are the needs for essential technologies?
  2. What are successful processes to develop and deploy essential technologies?
  3. How can we evaluate the impact of technologies? How does impact measurement drive innovation?

 The themes will turn on five Core Areas of inquiry:

  • Technologies for sustainable development of habitat and cities
  • Information and communication technologies for the environment
  • Science and technology for disaster risk reduction
  • Technologies for sustainable energy
  • Medical technologies

The Cooperation and Development Center, which is co-hosting the conference, explains the themes in greater detail on its Web site.

Timeline
Deadline for abstract submission: Oct. 14, 2013
Author acceptance notification: Nov. 11, 2013
Deadline for full paper submission: Jan. 13, 2014
Final selection: March 10, 2014

And the conference will run from June 4-6, 2014.

Publication
The best papers presented will undergo further peer review and they will be slated for publication in a volume by Springer-Verlag.

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