Research requires resources, including research labs, advanced hardware and software, skilled researchers and good support staff. However, financing and resources for research are not always available at universities in the Middle East and Africa region; thereby, creating barriers to research excellence. This track will therefore focus on creative ways to overcome the barriers of resource-poor environments and includes presentations on resource-sharing, research collaborations between differently resourced institutions, fundraising, public-private partnerships, low-cost research techniques, etc. Researchers are warmly encouraged to share their ideas and experiences in this area.
Because science is increasingly international, the English language has dominated universities’ research output during the last few decades, often at the expense of other languages. Furthermore, publications in peer-reviewed journals, often based in Anglo-Saxon countries, have become the accepted norm for research output. This means that research published in other languages or in other media are typically ignored by the international scientific community and rankings agencies. This track is not only dedicated to strategies and ideas to overcome barriers in language and research culture at the institutional level. It is also focuses on visionary ideas about how international science and research culture will evolve in the future.
The ingredients for world class research (funding, talent) are widely known but institutional strategies for stimulating research can be difficult to implement, let alone evaluate. While university rankings and related indicators offer a macro-perspective, each institution needs a research strategy and an appropriate evaluation system that is coherent with its mission and socio-economic context. Track 3 provides a platform for the presentation and discussion of insightful case studies, as well as new ideas on research strategy and evaluation with special relevance to the Middle East and Africa.
To sustain great research, universities must nurture and train young researchers to be the great scientists of the future. While this seems obvious, research education faces many pitfalls, including the high dropout rate of PhD students and a lack of qualified researchers in several critical areas of science. Research education can happen at different stages and in many ways, from inviting high school students into university labs to providing effective PhD training and guidance. Track 4 provides a platform for the discussion of best practices and barriers to high quality research education in the Middle East, Africa and beyond.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be realized through policies and investment alone: a great deal of research is also needed, both in the “hard” technologies and “soft” social sciences to learn the best ways to implement sustainable development projects. The focus of track 5 is on research projects related to SDGs and on how universities can contribute to reaching these goals through research, education and community engagement. Presentations not directly related to the SDGs but related to research on sustainability, development and community engagement are also encouraged.
Submissions by non-academic institutions
Kindly note that there has been a revision in our submission policies and we will only be accepting proposals from non- academic institutions, who are track sponsors.
If a non- academic institution would like to present a paper at our conferences, they may do so through sponsorship of a whole session (3 presentation slots) at our conferences.
In this instance, if you would like to present a paper under Track 4, you may wish to consider a sponsorship for a session under Track 4 only.
Multiple submissions by academic institutions
All proposers of the said event are to abide to the following
- Each approved presenter will only be scheduled to a single presentation slot in the program
- Each institution is allowed up to three approved presentation slots, of which are to contain three different presenters.
The above policy has been put in place to ensure the delivery of a varied informative and well-tailored presentations by diverse prominent presenters of the global higher education sector.