Thursday, September 26, 2013
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential?
the third International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential? will take place at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland on 4-6 June 2014. The conference – held in English – will offer a high-level platform to take part in cutting-edge discussions in the field of technologies for development, to share information and to network.
Innovative technologies have a central role to play in the effort to alleviate poverty in this world. Innovative technologies should also mean appropriate technology in the sense that they should be socially, culturally, environmentally and economically accepted by the stakeholders. However, what are the key factors that will determine whether or not a technology succeeds in its intended role to reduce poverty?
It has been argued that success depends on developing an entire value chain from the technical design to the deployment business model, including manufacturing, logistics, commissioning, usage, maintenance, waste and recycling. This requires an interdisciplinary approach and partnerships with global and local players in the private sector and with public authorities and civil society. However, it is inevitable that a compromise will have to be found between the adaptation of a technology to a specific local context and the objective of large-scale deployment. This leads us to the key question of the third UNESCO Technologies for Development Conference: What is Essential? Is it the invention and development of appropriate technologies? Is it the creation of value chains? Is it local capacity building? Is it the partnership between key stakeholders? Or most likely a combination of several factors?
The conference – held in English – will offer a high-level platform to take part in cutting-edge discussions in the field of technologies for development, to share information and to network.
The UNESCO Chair invites authors from research, industry, policy or civil society to submit their abstracts under one of the announced conference sessions (http://cooperation.epfl.ch/2014Tech4Dev/Sessions). The abstracts can either offer good examples and pilot experiences of concrete applications or provide reflections on these issues. Abstracts need to be based on North-South or South-South collaborations.
Deadline: October 14, 2013