IEEE IHTC 2021 – Abstract Submission Deadline 31 May

By on March 5th, 2021 in Call for Papers, Conferences, Social Implications of Technology

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.

Presenters can choose to submit:

  • Abstract for Oral Presentation (with no publication) (Deadline 31 May 2021)
  • Short Papers (Deadline 30 June 2021)
  • Full Papers (Deadline 30 June 2021)

Abstract Submission – Deadline 31 May

Those interested in making an Oral Presentation are invited to submit a structured abstract of c.300 words by 31 May.

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 – Deadline 30 June (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 IHTC Paper Template, including full references.

See 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 for information on conference officers.