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IST-Africa 2021

May 10, 2021 - May 14, 2021

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 is Technical Co-Sponsored 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, technical papers, policy papers and case studies. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research and innovation cooperation under Horizon Europe, and other international funding programs.

IST-Africa is a unique community that brings together cross-disciplinary stakeholders from public, private, education and research, societal, funding and international donor sectors with end user communities focused on ICT and STI Research and Innovation and Technology-enabled Entrepreneurship.

Final Programme

The Scientific Programme for IST-Africa 2021 is based on a double blind peer review of Papers submitted to an open Call for Papers which closed on late December 2020.

The IST-Africa 2021 Final Programme incorporates 31 thematically focused sessions featuring over 120 presenters from the public, private, education, research and societal organisations from 26 countries.

Thematic areas addressed include: CyberSecurity; Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship; Global Development; Content Technologies; eHealth; eGovernment; Societal Implications of Technology; Next Generation Computing; eInfrastructures; ICT Supporting Power Delivery; Technology-enhanced Learning and eAgriculture and Environmental Sustainability.

Plenary Presentations include:

  • Welcome Address – Hon. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, South Africa
  • Welcome Address – African Union Commission
  • Horizon Europe – Building on EU-Africa Cooperation – Maria Cristina Russo, Director, Global Approach & International Cooperation in R&I, DG: Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Lessons Learnt from Leveraging Technological Innovation to Manage a Pandemic – Dr Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director-General: Technology Innovation, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
  • IST-Africa Journey – Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • From Principles to Actions: Open Science in Africa – Dr Sepo Hachigonta, Director, Strategic Partnerships, National Research Foundation, South Africa
  • C4IR South Africa – Supporting Transformation of Manufacturing by Leveraging the Current Wave of Technological Revolution – Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, Head of the South African Affiliate C4IR Centre


Presenter registration is available up to 12 March and Early bird delegate registration up to 31 March. See http://www.ist-africa.org/Conference2021/default.asp?page=registration for more details.
Presenters must register using the same profile that is associated with the accepted paper.  Each presenter may 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.
For further information, please contact us on secretariat@ist-africa.org


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