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IEEE IHTC 2021 – Call for Papers – Secondary Call Deadline 30 September

December 2 - December 4

IEEE IHTC 2021 wishes to invite submissions for Oral Presentation only, Short Paper Presentations and Full Paper Presentation.


The IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE IHTC) is a Multi-Regional Conference Series rotating between R7 (Canada), R8 (Africa, Europe and Middle East), and R9 (Latin America and Caribbean).

This inter-disciplinary conference series focuses on showcasing challenges, success stories, lessons learnt, case studies and technological innovation related to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ICT4D and the application of Humanitarian Technologies (including Disaster Relief and Disaster Recovery) and facilitating engagement by stakeholders from the public, private, education and research and societal sectors around the world.

We place a particular emphasis on facilitating participation and sharing of experiences by key stakeholder groups from low and lower middle-income countries as well as low resource communities.

Established in R7, where previous editions took place in 2014 and 2017, IEEE IHTC 2021 takes place in R8 as a Virtual Conference this year, organised by Volunteers from IEEE UK and Ireland Section as well as Region 8, Region 7, Region 9 and UK and Ireland SSIT, SMC and Systems Council Chapters, UK and Ireland SIGHT, IST-Africa SSIT SIGHT, and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE Africa Council.

Call for Participation

Submissions are invited for Oral Presentation Only, Short Paper Presentation (early stage results) or Full Paper Presentation (mature results) to facilitate the diversity of stakeholders who wish to contribute and have valuable experiences and perspectives to share. Submissions will be assessed for quality, relevance and potential or actual impact. Presenters and delegates alike will enjoy the opportunity to share insights and build relationships with like-minded individuals, organisations and stakeholder groups around the world.

All submissions must be made online to facilitate the blind peer review process.

IHTC wishes to thank authors who submitted papers under the initial Call. These papers are under review.

To facilitate authors who had challenges finalising papers, we are issuing a Secondary Call for Oral Presentations, Short Paper Presentations and Full Paper Presentations by 30 September.

Presenters can choose to submit:

  • Abstract for Oral Presentation (with no publication)  (Deadline 31 May 2021)
  • Short Papers (Deadline 31 July 2021)
  • Full Papers (Deadline 31 July 2021)
  • Secondary Call for Oral Presentations (no publication), Short Papers and Full Papers (Deadline 30 September 2021)

Abstract Submission – Secondary Deadline 30 September

Those interested in making an Oral Presentation are invited to submit a structured abstract of c.300 words by the secondary deadline of 30 September.

Abstract Submissions should be 300 words in length. Abstracts should be structured to clearly share the following key information:

  • Target Need(s) and Community/Communities Addressed
  • Why this research or intervention was required
  • Methodology Used
  • Initial Results
  • Summary Analysis of Initial Findings
  • Proposed Next Steps

A Webinar for prospective presenters and short paper authors will take place at 1600 UTC+1 on Wednesday 14 April, and recorded for those who cannot attend.

Paper Submission – Secondary Deadline 30 September (Short Papers, Full Papers)

Short Papers are appropriate for activities at an earlier stage of evolution or authors wishing to share a snapshot of results-in-progress, experiences and perspectives. These should be three to four pages in length using the paper template and include a short reference section.

Full Papers are appropriate for mature work or completed projects and should be up to eight pages in length using the lIHTC Paper Template, including full references.

See https://www.ihtc21.org.uk/call-for-participation/ for more details on the paper structure.

Conference Themes

Relevant thematic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Technologies for poverty alleviation, ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG 1, 2)
  • Technologies for effective management of refugees, sustainable (re)settlements and integration.
  • Technologies for ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3).
  • Technologies to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all (SDG 4).
  • Technologies to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG 6).
  • Technologies to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7).
  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11).
  • Technologies to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13).
  • Technologies to specifically assist in disaster mitigation, management, relief, and recovery.
  • Humanitarian and sustainable engineering programs, educational technologies, course material, curricula (SDG 4).
  • Community engagement; social and economic factors in humanitarian engineering
  • Ethical, Societal, Privacy and Security considerations in the co-design, implementation and deployment of Sustainable Development, ICT4D and Humanitarian Technologies
  • Supporting Implementation of Other SDGs


Please visit https://www.ihtc21.org.uk/ihtc-2021-committee/ for information on conference officers.

Briefing Webinar (14 April, 1600 UTC+1)

As some stakeholders with valuable insights and perspectives to share may have less experience preparing conference presentations or papers, the UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter, UK and Ireland SIGHT and SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT are organising a hands-on participatory webinar on Wednesday 14 April.

For Registration and more information, please visit https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/264822

Call for Thematic Reviewers

If you are an experienced conference or journal reviewer with the necessary technical, professional or research expertise to address one or more of the conference themes, please contact Miriam Cunningham and volunteer to review paper submissions and provide actionable, constructive feedback to authors. Please complete the volunteer reviewer form at https://www.ihtc21.org.uk/ihtc-2021-committee/


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