Sunday 11 February 2018

Call for Papers: 16th Globelics Conference 2018 | 24-26 October | Accra, Ghana

16th Globelics Conference
24-26 October 2018
CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI), Accra, Ghana 

The Globelics International Conference 2018
The 16th Globelics Conference will be held in Accra, Ghana, hosted by the CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) at Mensvic Grand Hotel in collaboration with Africalics.
Ghana is the fourth African country after South Africa, Senegal and Ethiopia to host the GLOBELICS annual Conference. This presents an opportunity to showcase Ghana, a politically stable country, which is currently undergoing a number of transformations to modernise its economy and create jobs. There is a government agenda to create an industry in every district to generate jobs and improve livelihoods especially in the rural areas. The output of the Conference is expected to contribute immensely to the options of the government in achieving this flagship project dubbed "one district one factory".
The conference will combine plenary sessions, presentations of research papers in parallel tracks, thematic panel sessions, special sessions, poster presentations, symposia and exhibition on industrial research in Ghana and Africa, as well as innovative start-ups presentations, sightseeing and cultural tours.

Conference Theme
The main Conference theme for Globlelics 2018 is Innovation, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Strengthening Institutions for Greater Relevance, Effectiveness and Inclusivity.
The conference invites papers addressing the role of different types of actors such as the State, local or traditional authorities, global networks, universities and research institutions, private sector, non-governmental organisations / civil society organisations and media in generating innovation, building capacity and strengthening institutions for sustainable development and inclusive growth. In particular, it aims to explore new approaches to understand innovations and institutional transformations within countries, across different economic sectors, and different operation level (macro, meso and micro), without losing sight of contextual gender disparities.
The conference will also consider the need to tackle new challenges related to innovation and capacity building in addition to inclusive development in knowledge and political systems. The conference also welcomes papers studying how development policies can be implemented at different levels and across different countries to innovate out of emerging crisis of climate change, "resource curse", youth unemployment, poverty, health and gender inequalities.

Conference Tracks
Accepted papers will be organized around parallel paper tracks encompassing the following sub-themes:
  • Science, technology, innovation and the sustainable development goals: Policy and Practice
  • Agricultural innovation systems: Addressing the poverty challenge
  • University relationships with industry, policy and society: the developmental university
  • Intellectual property rights, open innovation and development
  • National, regional and local innovation systems
  • Renewable energy: innovating inclusive and resilient infrastructure
  • Sectoral innovation systems: technology policy and catch-up
  • Creative industries, smart cities and sustainable urban development
  • Trade, FDI, value chains and innovation networks
  • Entrepreneurship, youth employment and innovation management
  • The role of innovation in overcoming the resource curse: prescriptive models for sustainable growth
  • Innovation for Inclusive development: Indigenous knowledge, informal economy and micro and small enterprises
  • The gender dimension of innovation and development
  • Improving the quality of life: Sustainable healthcare, water and sanitation innovation systems
  • Empirical methodologies, data requirements, indicators, different approaches and methodologies

Paper submission
We encourage scholars in the scientific institutions, universities, private enterprises and public sector institutions to take this opportunity to present their work to leading scholars in the field of innovation and development. We especially encourage young researchers to submit papers in the relevant sub-thematic tracks.
Papers for oral presentations and poster presentation must be written in English, and the selected ones must be presented at the conference in English. Submission of full paper (in PDF) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) should be made from February 26th, 2018 via the online submission form available here. Papers must be submitted no later than April 1, 2018.
The selection of papers is based on a peer review process that focuses on relevance, academic quality and originality. Globelics reserves the right to use available software to control for plagiarism and to take appropriate action in such cases.

Travel Support
Faculty members and PhD students from developing countries with accepted papers to the conference can apply for travel support. Application for travel support must be submitted at the same time as submission of paper (not later than April 1, 2018). Further information on procedure for application of travel support is available, here.

Important Dates:
 Call for papers January 19, 2018
 Open for submission of papers                         February 26, 2018
 Deadline for submission of papers April 1, 2018
 Acceptance notification May 14, 2018
 Deadline for application for travel support April 1, 2018
 Response to applicants for travel support May 15, 2018
 Conference registration June 15, 2018
 Conference registration deadline July 15, 2018
 Last date for upload of final version of paper September 15, 2018

Contact Details: For further information on the conference organization please consult our website. If you have any questions that cannot be answered using the website, please send an e-mail to:


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