Wednesday, August 22, 2007

1st Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline for Abstracts May 28, 2008

3rd International Conference on Appropriate Technology

November 12-15, 2008, Kigali, Rwanda

Supporting Rwanda Universities:

· Kigali Institute of Science and Technology

· Umutara Polytechnic University

· Université Libre de Kigali

· National University of Rwanda

Organized with:

· Howard University

· Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers

· Ministry of Science and Technology of Rwanda


Promoting Research and Practice in Appropriate Technology:

A Focus on Energy Solutions in the Era of Climate Change

The theme of our third international conference on

‘Appropriate Technology’ is designed to:

1) Promote the collaboration of individuals, institutions and countries in identifying, assessing, tracking and developing appropriate technology research and action projects, through the use of knowledge management techniques.

2) Focus on how to meet the increasing energy needs of the less developed world, while minimizing negative global climate change.


The poorest countries and the poorest people will be hit the hardest by the impacts of climate change. According to leading environmentalists, climate change in Africa has already caused irreversible impacts. Curtailing negative climate change and enacting solutions to poverty both require the implementation of sustainable, ecologically sound energy solutions. Africa is resource rich, yet more than 500 million Africans lack access to electricity, while less than 5% of Africa’s hydropower potential is being utilized. Ending poverty and improving the quality of life of this planet’s poorest requires increased productivity in agriculture, industry and transport. Increasing productivity requires additional energy production. We need to combine Africa’s immense resources with appropriate technology. The promotion of renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydro as well as cleaner fossil fuels such as methane gas must be given high priority in technology research, development and implementation.

The conference will address the challenge of meeting these energy demands through the development and usage of appropriate technologies which minimize the negative impact on the environment and global climate change.


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The official language of the conference will be English.

Format of Abstracts, Papers, Posters and Projects

Abstracts for full papers, posters and project presentations are being accepted and reviewed. All abstracts must be between 200 and 500 words. Please indicate if the abstract is for a paper, poster or project. Accepted abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings. Full papers are limited to 8 pages. Details on paper format will be distributed with notification of abstract acceptance. Projects are limited to 3 square meters floor space and posters are limited to 10 A4 or letter size pages. All abstracts and papers will be peer reviewed.

Deadline for abstracts for papers: May 28, 2008

Deadline for poster/project abstracts: May 28, 2008

Notification of decision on abstracts for papers/posters & projects: July 1, 2008

Deadline for full papers: August 15, 2008

Notification of decision on papers: September 15, 2008

Notification of decision on posters & projects: September 15, 2008

Paper categories:

· Solar Energy Systems

· Hydropower Solutions

· Biogas Energy Solutions

· Wind Power Energy

· Clean Carbon Energy

· Other Energy solutions

· Education and Training

· Water Supply and Sanitation

· Communication Technology

· Knowledge Management

· Pharmaceuticals

· Indigenous Medical Technologies

· Agricultural Technology

· Food Preparation and Processing

· Appropriate Architecture

· Appropriate Construction

· Forestry & wildlife

· Small Scale Industry

· Environmental Issues

· Transportation

· Irrigation Projects

· Appropriate Computing

· Manufacturing

· Technology Economics

· Textile technology

· Technologies Addressing Malaria, TB, HIV, and AIDS Issues

· Technology Transfer

Process for Registration

Registration Cost :

*Local Participants- Frw 60.000 , Other African - US$150, ** International - US$250

Students: Frw 30.000(Local), US$75 (Other African) and US$125 (International).

Deadline for advance registration: November 7, 2008

Early registration (10% discount) Deadline: August 7, 2008

* Africa registration cost should be paid through a bank deposit to Umutara Univ./ATConference, account #103-11500-03-39, BCDI/Ecobank, Nyagatare Town, Rwanda (swift code – RWRWBCDI)

** Registration cost can be paid through personal or company check payable to NCCBPE/ATC.

Send to: NCCBPE, Appropriate Technology Conference, P.O. Box 1686, Oakland, CA 94619, USA

NCCBPE is the Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers

Contact Person: Dr. John Trimble,


SEZIKEYE said...

I am Sezikeye Jpaul a student in Umutara polytechnic 1st year ICT
I would like to give out my suggestion which says that"As we know in our country most people depend on agriculture income this conference should insiste on how people can try to use appropriete technology in agriculture such as Kithnen garden in the town just to save our land whereas the environment"

Ndahimana Clément said...

I am clément Ndahimana from Umutara Polytechnic,i would like to say thanks to all organizers of this confererence becouse it will be important on our country and encourage people in different sectors to attend.