Monday, April 16, 2018

SADC International Conference on Postgraduate Research for Sustainable Development

28th - 31st October 2018

University of Botswana Conference Centre
Gaborone, Botswana 
Research is conducted to generate knowledge and this knowledge should be relevant to the needs of local communities and impact lives. In Southern Africa most of the research output from institutions of higher learning such as universities is not translated in to solutions for industrial and social needs. Hence there is need to harmonise postgraduate research and its relevance to societal needs. In the process of solving societal problems, postgraduate research should also create employment and impart entrepreneurial skills to communities. This will create a pathway of transferring knowledge from institutions of higher learning to industries. In this way, research will stimulate growth and development which is relevant to developing countries of Southern Africa and beyond. This conference therefore is aimed at challenging the status quo of how and why research is conducted in our universities and the role of research in changing societies and creating employment and opportunities.

Goal of the conference

The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for sharing information on Post Graduate Research with regards to best practices relevant to countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The specific objectives of the conference are:
To provide a regional platform for knowledge sharing and to integrate and co-ordinate initiatives in graduate research
b) To support capacity development through collaborative research for sustainable development
c) To raise awareness and mobilisation for research support to a broad range of stakeholders with the view of ensuring participation and ownership of interventions.

Call for Abstracts Open: 20 April 2018
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018
Abstract Decision Letters Emailed: 14 July 2018
Full Papers Due (For Accepted Abstracts Only): 14 August 2018
Acceptance of Full Papers Communicated: 14 September 2018
Registration Deadline for Presenters: 6 October 2018

Abstract received after the deadline will not be accepted

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