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EAI International Conference on Technology, R&D, Education and Economy for Africa

March 21–22, 2018 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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EAI International Conference on Technology, R&D, Education and Economy for Africa

March 21–23, 2018 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire


Main Theme: Innovation, Development and Traditional Knowledge

Africa is a land of paradox. While the continent has very substantial reserves of arable land, water, hydropower and mineral wealth, most countries in Africa rank among the poorest in the world and African economies are plagued with high unemployment and poverty rate. At reflection, such a situation is understandable once one realizes that in the current knowledge economy what matters is no longer raw material but knowledge that creates value. Given this, the Technology, R&D, Education and Economy (TREE) Conferences aim at providing a space for an Africa centered international debate about how science and technology could bring about sustainable development through relevant education. TREE is an interdisciplinary conference that favors empirical research and mathematical model building for sustainable development. Although the primary focus of the conference is the sustainable development and prosperity for Africa, best practices from other parts of the world are most welcome as a way to enrich the debate.

Explore how innovation helps create added value and insures development. How African countries can build on traditional knowledge in various sectors to develop frugal innovation: in agriculture, health and medicine, nutrition, arts, handicraft, etc.

Keywords: Africa, Development, Education, Environment, Governance, Innovation, Knowledge


TOPICS (non exclusive)

  • Innovation, Governance and Environmental Sustainability: there is a new “scramble on Africa” as firms that tend to be mostly subsidiaries from multinational corporations compete for natural resources and raw material in Africa. How could CSR help firms contribute to sustainable development?
  • Innovation, Resilience and Food Security: Despite the fact that most African countries have a lot of fertile land, Africans experience either lack of food or malnutrition and various forms of food insecurity.
  • Innovation and Traditional knowledge: despite a generally low imitation capacity on the continent, African economies tend to welcome a great deal of fake, unlicensed and pirated product and services. How could intellectual property be fostered so as to first promote the development of traditional knowledge as a common good, and then to allow for a fair competition in the modern sector?


All registered papers will be published in EAI Core proceedings and made available through European Union Digital Library (EUDL), one of the world's largest scientific libraries.

Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: EI Elsevier, ISI Thomson's Scientific and Technical Proceedings at Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI's own EU Digital Library (EUDL) and others.

Accepted Authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to Special Issue in EAI Endorsed Transactions on Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies for Education, EAI Endorsed Transactions on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems or EAI Endorsed Transactions on Security and Safety.


Papers will be judged on originality, correctness, clarity and relevance. Submitted papers must be original work, and may not be under consideration for another conference or journal. Submission of the paper implies agreement of the author(s) to attend the conference and present the paper if accepted. Full details of submission procedures and paper formatting are available in Initial Submission section



Submission Deadline

03 Nov 2017

Notification Deadline (Registration Opens)

15 Dec 2017

Camera-Ready Deadline

21 Jan 2018

Conference Starts

21 Mar 2018

Conference Ends

22 Mar 2018

You can also submit the papers to Special Session on:

“Sciences and Technology in Africa: Protection, Valorisation and Improvement of Traditions for an Emerging Africa”

Coordinator: Professor KIENON-KABORE Timpoko, Department of Sciences of Humans and Society (SHS), Felix Houphouët Boigny University, Côte d’Ivoire