Call for Papers

Paper submissions are invited to the 2017 international conference to be held from 23 to 25th August 2017 in Lusaka at Radisson Blu hotel. This is an exceptional platform for researchers/academics/innovators/scientists/practitioners to discuss contemporary phenomena shaping human development from multiple vantage points. This conference will be a good platform to share research, innovations and best-practice where constructive feedback and engagement with domain experts is expected. Many topics of the multi-disciplinary nature as a response to everyday challenges faced in both developing and developed world contexts will be discussed. Papers submitted to this conference will go through a double-blinded review process with final proceedings with ISBN indexed in Google Scholar, Scopus and Thomson Reuters. Few selected papers will be revised and submitted to journals. Conference proceedings will be given to all participants including a certificate of attendance. The conference encourages submissions of cross-disciplinary nature cutting across many disciplines/subject-areas. We encourage any submissions that present novel ideas, works-in-progress or any concepts that you think can benefit from inputs from experts. Students and/or emerging researchers are encouraged to participate. The following are the different tracks in this conference. Please note that the lists of topics considered in these tracks are not collectively exhaustive.

Track 1: Computer and Information Sciences

Chairs: Dr Kalema, Dr Shemi, Dr Akakandelwa, Ms Francina Makondo

  • Distributed computer architecture – Design and Security issues (Cyber Security, Cyber Law, Privacy and Trust)
  • Telecommunications and networking - Network design, Signal processing and transmission, Sensor networks, Ad-hoc networks, etc.
  • Design and development of dynamic Web platforms
  • Intelligent systems - Artificial intelligence, Computer vision, Human Computer interaction, Image processing, Pattern recognition and classification, etc.
  • Databases - Data processing and management, Data storage, etc.
  • ICT (Regulatory Frameworks, e-Agriculture, Humanitarian Technologies)
  • Mobile Applications (including mServices, mEducation, Social Networking)
  • Mobile marketplace – context-aware applications development (principles, designs and innovations)
  • Multimodal and natural human-computer interaction
  • Open Source Software – Applications
  • Technology-enhanced Learning (e-learning, e-Skills, e-Pedagogy)
  • Opportunities and challenges of the mobile communications sector in developing countries.
  • Content Technologies ( Language, Learning, Digital Preservation, Digital Culture)
  • Big data and predictive analytics
  • E-Government, e-Democracy, FOI and Open Government Data
  • Business and competitive intelligence
  • Community informatics, digital curation, libraries and digital inclusion
  • Health informatics in developing world contexts
  • Economics and values of IS (information systems)
  • Electronic records

Track 2: Engineering and Technology

Chairs: Dr Xianming Ye, Dr Henerica Tazvinga

  • Green technology
  • Mining engineering – innovations, challenges and opportunities
  • Civil engineering - architecture, construction, etc.
  • Transport engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic engineering - robotics and automatic control, automation and control systems, computer hardware and architecture, etc.
  • Renewable energy (Off-grid and on-grid systems, wind, solar, hydropower, biomass, biofuels, geothermal, wave, tidal energy, hydrogen & fuel cells, energy storage, smart grid, microgrid, energy management, energy efficiency, energy modelling and optimisation, measurement and verification of energy savings)
  • Mechanical engineering (Applied mechanics, Thermodynamics, etc.)
  • Chemical engineering
  • Materials engineering (Application of concepts in the construction industry in the developing world (tar, ceramics, coating and films, paper and wood, etc.)
  • Current and future research themes in engineering and technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Aeronautics engineering
  • Manufacturing/plant engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Built Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering

Track 3: Human and Vet Medicine (Health Sciences)

Chairs: Pro chipeta, Dr Mweetwa Munsuka

  • Tropical medicine - Toxicology, Anatomy and morphology, Immunology, Pharmacology and pharmacy, etc.
  • Clinical medicine - Paediatrics, Hematology, Surgery, etc.
  • Health sciences - Epidemiology, Nursing, Public and environmental health, etc.
  • Paediatric care (HIV/AIDS, Cancer, etc.)
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Medical device engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Physio-therapy
  • One Health
  • Honcho logy health
  • Public health
  • Bio-medical Sciences
  • Bio-Medical Ethics
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Tele medicine

Track 4: Education: Curriculum design and Quality matters

Chairs: Dr Daniel Ndhlovu, Dr Muchindu

  • E-learning (challenges and opportunities for rural and remote schools)
  • Emerging issues in contemporary and adaptive education systems
  • National and institutional policies in the changing pedagogical landscape (especially tertiary education sector)
  • Standardization of global education systems
  • Education curriculum design and context
  • Trends and implications of School guidance and Counselling
  • Excellence in higher education sector: quality of tertiary education, regulation, etc.
  • Modernisation of universities for competitiveness: education for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Social inclusion and higher education for minorities (physically challenged, refugees, migrants, etc.)
  • Open learning and distance education
  • Learning analytics and learning technologies
  • Tertiary education financing models
  • Education and human rights
  • Curriculum, research and development
  • Sports Education
  • Early childhood Education
  • Civic Education
  • Special Education
  • Adult Education
  • Mental Education

Track 5: Agricultural and Natural Sciences

Chairs: Dr. Mwape Chileshe, Dr Shindano

  • Soil science and changing weather patterns
  • Analysis of agricultural policy/ies in a given context
  • Environmental Economics and Policy in developing world contexts
  • Gene and genome analysis and commercialisation
  • Geo-Information Sciences and digital mapping
  • Forestry and agricultural biotechnology
  • Ecology and water quality
  • Technology and innovations in game animal management
  • Veterinary tropical diseases
  • Management of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases
  • Forestry trends in changing weather patterns (climatic research)
  • Environmental sciences - Mineralogy, Palaeontology, Geology
  • Animal and Dairy science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Epiculture
  • Agricultural productivity and climate change
  • Food science, technology and agro-processing innovations
  • Soil and plant sciences
  • Food safety and quality management
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Plant breeding
  • Seed Science and Technology
  • Horticulture

Track 6: Business and applied management Sciences

Chairs: Dr Godfrey Mulenga, Dr Habazoka

  • Harnessing knowledge in the knowledge economy
  • Adaptive human resources for dynamic skill needs
  • Forensic accounting, auditing and responsive financial reporting in corruption-prone developing world
  • Tourism performance analysis
  • Management of resources in the construction of physical social infrastructure (roads, hospitals, etc.)
  • Social and Environmental Impact of Businesses
  • Innovation and business management.
  • Entrepreneurship and sustainable development goals
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business models for economic growth
  • Agro business and small businesses
  • Knowledge Management strategies within a corporate environment
  • Low-income house financial behaviour and economics
  • Regional / bi-national tourism marketing
  • Economy management /economics
  • Health Economics
  • Economic Modeling
  • Financial management and accounting
  • Knowledge management system
  • Actuarial Science

Track 7: Social Sciences and Humanities

Chairs: Dr Simwinga, Prof Nchindila

  • Research Philosophies, Ethics and Paradigms in Social Sciences
  • Psychology - Cognitive science, Applied psychology, Social psychology, etc.
  • Sociology - Demography, Anthropology, Ethnology, Social issues, Family studies, Social work, Gender and sexuality studies
  • Political science and Philosophy - Organisation theory, Public administration, etc.
  • Religion and Theology
  • Contemporary Issues (Corruption, Poverty, Child Defilement, GBV, Political violence, International Aid, etc.)
  • Leadership (challenges and dynamics, Political and Traditional leadership issues)
  • Health and disability
  • Criminal Justice
  • E-commerce and law
  • Governances
  • Intellectual property
  • Research philosophy’s
  • Religion and politics
  • Freedom and information
  • English language literature
  • African language and literature
  • Media and Communication

Track 8: Law

Chairs: Dr. Ella Siangandu

  • Africa and the International Criminal Court, Constitutional Reforms, Justice and the Rule of Law
  • Gender and the Law, Disability Rights, Health and Disability Rights
  • Prison Reforms, Educational Reforms, Immigration, Corporate Social Responsibility and Mining
  • Natural Resources and the Energy sector, Regional and Country Planning, Research and National Health, Intellectual Property.

Key dates of the conference

Full paper submission deadline: 30th June 2017

Notice of full paper acceptance date: 15th July 2017

Final paper submission deadline: 30th July 2017

Conference Date: 23rd - 25th August 2017