Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation and Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa 2021 (10 - 14 May) is the sixteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research and Innovation Conferences.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the success of IST-Africa 2020, to protect the health and well being of IST-Africa Community Members, IST-Africa 2021 will take place as a virtual event from 10 - 14 May.

IST-Africa 2021 has confirmed Technical Co-Sponsorship by IEEE Africa Council, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, IEEE Education Society, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society, IEEE South Africa Section, IEEE Tunisia Section, IEEE Uganda Section and IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter.

IST-Africa Week 2021 will provide a world-class international forum to showcase existing and emerging technology-enabled Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and ICT4D activities and capacity in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world. The Conference Programme combines strategic keynote presentations, a High-Level Roundtable, technical and policy papers, case studies and workshops. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research and innovation cooperation under Horizon Europe, and other international funding programs.

The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are to:

- Support Development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy, and Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in Africa

- Promote International Research Innovation, and Policy Cooperation and Coordination

- Showcase African Research and Innovation Capacity

- Stimulate exploitation of research and innovation results by the public, private and societal sectors

Sponsor Type:1; 1; 1; 3; 3; 3; 4; 5; 9

Name Organisation Country
Miriam Cunningham IST-Africa Institute Ireland
Prof. Paul M Cunningham IST-Africa Institute Ireland
Daan du Toit Department of Science and Innovation South Africa
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Important date

Draft paper submission deadline

Submission Topics

Thematic Priorities include:

Technology-enabled Healthcare (mHealth / eHealth)
Technology-enhanced Learning and eSkills
Technology-enabled Agriculture (mAgriculture/eAgriculture) & Environmental Sustainability
Energy - ICT for Power Delivery, Micro-grids
eInfrastructures and NRENs (National Research and Education Networks)
Next Generation Computing (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Internet, Artificial Intelligence, IoT)
eGovernment and Public Service Delivery
Content Technologies: Language; Digital Preservation
Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust
Collaborative Open Innovation and Technologyenabled Entrepreneurship (including Social Entrepreneurship)
Global Development (including ICT4D)
Societal Implications of Technology, Ethics


Paper submissions are invited for IST-Africa 2021. The conference language is English. Submissions should be for technical, policy or visionary papers, and business, government or societal sector case studies within the scope of the conference.

Full Papers (4,000 - 5,000 words) using the IST-Africa Template must be registered on the conference portal by the extended deadline of 18 December 2020. Please refer to Paper Guidelines for more information.

Papers must present analysis of initial or final research results or a case study. General project descriptions or project proposals will not be assigned for review.

It is important to highlight actual or expected impact as well as the level of innovation.

Any elements of the paper previously published should be carefully referenced. Authors should undertake a plagiarism check prior to submission and ensure that all content is appropriately referenced including self-references. IST-Africa will also run a plagiarism check prior to allocation of papers for review. Only full papers are assigned for review.

It is necessary for papers submitted to include new elements that have not previously been published to warrant inclusion in the conference proceedings. Any visionary elements in paper should be supported by mini use cases to illustrate applicability.

Each presenter can present ONE paper in the Programme. It is necessary for papers to be presented by an author / co-author and answer questions based on the presentation during the event to ensure inclusion in the Proceedings.

Please only submit papers for review where there are authors/co-authors who will complete registration if accepted for inclusion in the Programme and present the results. Please do not submit multiple papers for which there is only one author who can register.

It is a condition of submitting a paper that (a) authors act on feedback and comments provided by the International Programme Committee (IPC) to ensure high quality conference proceedings, (b) presenters act on feedback provided by their Session Chair to ensure high quality presentations, (c) presenters register and pay the participant's fee by 12 March 2021, before the publication of the Final Programme, and (d) an author or co-author will present the paper during the event and answer questions based on the presentation.

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    May 10



    May 14


  • Dec 18 2020

    Draft paper submission deadline

Sponsored By
IEEE Africa Council IEEE Education Society IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) IST-Africa Institute South Africa Section Tunisia Section Uganda Section United Kingdom & Ireland Section SIT Chapter
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