Monday, June 4, 2012

Revised Call for Papers

5th International Conference on

Appropriate Technology

November 20-24, 2012 - Pretoria, South Africa
Deadline for abstracts:   Extended to June 10

Department of Science and Technology Republic of South Africa
International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT)
University of Pretoria
Howard University, Washington DC
University of Johannesburg
National Technical Association (NTA)
Tshwane University of Technology
Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers (NCCBPE)
Kara Heritage Institute

Appropriate Technology for the 21st Century: Linking Education, Research and Practice to Inform Policy
The 5th International Conference on Appropriate Technology (5th ICAT) will
1)    Promote the identification, assessment, archiving and tracking of appropriate technology education, research and practice
2)    Focus on how to impact technology policy to safeguard the planet and empower the people, particularly historically oppressed and disadvantaged populations
3)    Provide a forum for networking on appropriate technology solutions to sustainable development in Africa and across the Global South
Climate change will impact the poorest countries and people the hardest.  According to leading researchers, in Africa climate change has already caused irreversible environmental damage.  Curtailing harmful climate change and eradicating poverty necessitate sustainable, ecologically sound solutions. Presently, 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate water access, and 2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation.  Eliminating poverty and improving the quality of life of the world’s poorest people requires increased agriculture, industry and transport productivity made possible via improved water access and energy utilization. Most importantly, public health and human productivity require a technology practice that addresses peoples’ basic needs. Deploying appropriate technology means implementing policies to safeguard Earth and empower the broadest population.
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The official language of the conference will be English.
Format of Abstracts, Papers, Posters and Projects
Abstracts & full papers, posters and project presentations/extended abstracts are being accepted and reviewed.  Abstracts & full papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.  Abstracts associated with full papers must be between 200 and 500 words.  Please denote abstract category upon submission - full paper, extended abstract, project or poster.
Submit abstracts to:  and
Deadline for paper, poster and project abstracts:   Extended to June 10 May 15, 2012
Notification of decision on abstracts for papers/posters & projects: June 15, 2012
Deadline for full papers: July 15, 2012
Notification of decision on papers, posters & projects: Sept. 10, 2012

Paper categories
Some Suggested Topics
Green Economy and Innovation
Manufacturing, Small scale industry, Mining and mineral processing, Socially relevant computing, Economics of technology, Textile technology, Recycling
Hydro power projects, Alternative energy systems, Renewable energy
Water and Sanitation
Water supply, Storage and sanitation, Water scarcity, Water quality, Water stress and recycling, Toilets
Indigenous medical technologies, Food preparation/processing, Technologies addressing Malaria/TB/HIV/AIDS related issues, Pharmaceuticals
Construction and Infrastructure
Appropriate architecture, Appropriate construction, Appropriate transportation
Environment and Agriculture
Environmental impact, Irrigation projects, Forestry & wildlife, Agricultural technology, Climate change, Air quality
Knowledge and Technology Transfer
Education and training, Knowledge engineering, Knowledge management, Community development
Policy and Standards
Technology policies, Technology standards, Ethics, Culture, Quality

Programme Structure:
·      Tuesday November 20th             Pre-Conference Workshops, Welcome Reception
·      Wednesday November 21st             Conference Presentations
·      Thursday November 22nd             Conference Presentations and Gala Dinner
·      Friday November 23rd             Appropriate Technology Fair, Projects and Posters
·       Saturday November 24th             Optional Field Trip

Registration Cost
Early Registration - Register by Sept. 30, 2012:
·     USD 300 United States and Developed Countries
·     R2000      South Africa and Developing Countries
·     R1000      All Undergraduate Students
Registration deadline - November 1, 2012 *
·     USD 350 United States and Developed Countries
·     R2400      South Africa and Developing Countries
·     R1200      All Undergraduate Students
One day conference fee - excluding dinner   ----- R1000
*  20% surcharge for onsite registration