The 6th SA-UNESCO Engineering, Science and Technology Conference
23 - 27 September 2019
North-West University, Mafikeng Campus
Applications under any of the following engineering disciplines, which respond directly to either of the focus areas as listed below, are solicited for submission:
Masters and doctoral students of engineering are invited to submit abstracts that respond directly to any of the focus areas listed below.
Abstract submissions should be 100 to 200 words in length.
In the event that an abstract is selected for the conference the student will present a 10 - 20 min oral or poster presentation. Students will receive feedback and further instructions by 30 August 2019.
Clean water and sanitation
Energy and climate change
South African grid energy supply is erratic and unreliable. In light of climate change, what off-grid and renewable energy technologies can be deployed to provide access and reliability?
The health system is struggling to provide medication to the general population. What manufacturing capabilities can be developed to address this challenge? Turning to the HIV/Aids scourge, the latest numbers show increasing new infections. As for TB, drug-resistant TB and extreme drug-resistant TB are still prevalent in mining communities. What emerging diagnostics tools and drug delivery innovations can be developed to address the challenges associated with HIV/Aids and TB?
Innovation, industry and infrastructure
The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is already upon us; what emerging South African technologies will quantum leap the country’s industries into the future through increased competitiveness? Rwanda has set an inspiring example by using drones to deliver medicines to rural areas; how can South Africa use 4IR technologies to change industry processes and systems and improve the lives of its citizens?
Land and food security
Poverty and hunger are no longer restricted to rural or far-flung areas; they are daily experiences of peri-urban and urban households. Fresh water aqua-culture in inland South Africa can provide much-needed protein and indigenous foods such as mopani worms can also provide nutritious meals, yet these are not being fully explored. What other foods and land use systems can be harnessed to maximise food security and address poverty and hunger?
Sustainable cities and communities
Most South African municipalities do not have the capacity and capability to address sustainable development goals. What circular and green technologies and innovations can be designed and deployed to change cities and communities to be sustainable and green?
NB: Submission should be sent online by Friday, 16 August 2019: