Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to May 21st, 2018

 Dear all, due to the number of requests received, the deadline for Abstract Submission to the upcoming Tigray Grand Conference is extended to May 21, 2018.

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS)

(ዓለም-ለኸ ማሕበረሰብ ሙሁራን ትግራይ)


Quo Vadis Tigray? Building Knowledge-based Economy and Society in Tigray  


Tigray Grand Conference- July 18th-22nd, 2018, Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia

Call for Abstract submissions

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS), in partnership with the Tigray-based higher education institutions (Universities), the Tigray National Regional State Science and Technology Bureau, and the Government of Tigray National Regional State, is organizing a grand conference entitled Quo Vadis Tigray? Building Knowledge-based Economy and Society in Tigray. The conference, the first of its kind and scope, serves as an enabling and inclusive platform designed to bring decision/policy makers, academics, businesses, professionals, civil societies, media experts, and related stakeholders together under the “Quad-Helix” framework to foster a collaborative dialogue on the development of the Tigray region and beyond. More specifically, the conference will provide opportunities for participants to discuss relevant topics, share their professional experiences, establish and/or strengthen collaborations (within and outside Ethiopia), and set priorities that would advance the region towards a knowledge-based sustainable economy and foster the development of dynamic society in Tigray in particular and Ethiopia in general. Additionally, a series of experience sharing and brain storming break-out sessions are planned to bring scientists and professionals together to generate innovative ideas that could potentially be applicable in the Tigray context.

Notice: This conference is expected to extend beyond the scope of a purely scientific and/or public conference in that, at the conclusion of the conference, concrete and practical recommendations will be identified and documented for further follow-up, engagement, and implementation. Hence, speakers are requested to prepare their papers in such a way that analyses and results are clearly linked to concrete recommendations. Speakers are also requested to make their presentations understandable to a wide range of audiences (i.e. the use of both technical and non-technical language).

In this regard, the GTSTs is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for the conference to be held in Mekelle, from July 18th – 22nd 2018. 

The conference is organized under five thematic areas (however, work addressing additional themes is welcomed).

(1) Comparative and Absolute Advantages of Tigray: Identifying Key Development Opportunities and Challenges:

The sub-themes include: History and language matters; The geopolitical dynamics in the Horn of Africa and its implications on Tigray (Ethio-Eritrea border, the Red Sea coast, and the recent inter-ethnic relations in Ethiopia); Recent socioeconomic developments and challenges; Comparative/Competitive and absolute advantages of Tigray.

(2) Boosting Technological and Sectoral Capability in Tigray (Education, research, and innovation; Civil service capacity; Health care services, Tourism, Urbanization, Manufacturing/Investment, Mining, Ethical and Civic Responsibility).

The sub-themes include: Navigating educational policies, practices, and their contribution to the development endeavours of Tigray; Lessons from other countries and regions on education and health policies and services; Strengthening the STEM/STEAM of Tigray-based schools, colleges, and universities; The role of “Quad-helix” model in improving education and healthcare services and tackling pandemic-related challenges; Boosting research, innovation, and financing; the role of e-health and ICT.

(3) Boosting Enabling Technologies and Building Economic and Innovation Zones in Tigray (Emerging technologies; Industrial and agro-processing parks; Special economic zones, Knowledge hubs, Entrepreneurship).

The sub-themes include: Lessons from other countries on the effective application of new and emerging technologies for development (material science, energy technologies, nanotechnology, biotechnology, Information and communication technologies (ICTs), and data); Experiences and lessons in developing industrial and agro-processing parks; Facilitating industrialization and manufacturing capacity; Developing knowledge hubs including indigenous knowledge, science/technology parks, central research hubs/institutes; Smart cities and villages.

(4) Agricultural Transformation, Poverty reduction, Food Security, Youth Employment and Women Empowerment (Agricultural and rural transformation; Land restoration; Youth employment and migration; Women empowerment).

The sub-themes include: How to modernize the agricultural sector; Achieving food security; The state of agriculture in Tigray and how to speed up successful agricultural transformation; Enhancing integrated and knowledge based restoration of degraded landscapes; Exploring the policy options for promoting non-farm rural economic activities; The role of “Quad-helix” model in boosting agricultural productivity (e.g. through government and industry supported research); The creation of well-paying, formal sector, and productive employment opportunities to absorb the youth; Reducing youth migration; Strategies to foster women empowerment.

(5) Tapping into the Scholars and Diaspora Knowledge: Scholars and Diaspora Knowledge Networks, Engagement, and Connections.

The sub-themes include: Assessing global experiences, lessons learned and strategies to tap the potentialities of diaspora scholars and diaspora networks and their implications for effective networking; Designing enabling policies and reforms to tap the huge potential of Tigrean scholars and diaspora; Centring Tigrean scholars and diaspora to the development processes of Tigray through networking and joint forums; Engaging scholars and diaspora in the knowledge development and translation of gained skills (technology transfer) into the development endeavours of Tigray; Diaspora Tegaru and Investment, Making Tigray a centre of gravity and destination for intellectuals and entrepreneurs.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a maximum of 5 keywords, or a paper consisting of no more than 8500 words. Identify the theme and sub-theme in which the submission best fits.
  2. Identify clearly whether the submission is for oral or visual presentation.

Submission Deadlines:

  1. Submission deadline May 21, 2018.
  2. A final decision on submissions will be communicated by June 10, 2018.

Abstract or paper submissions have to be made both to: gstssubmit@hotmail.com and gsts.tigrayconferences@gmail.com and more detail information about the conference and GSTS as a whole can be found on the organization’s website: www.scholars4tigrai.org.

Tigray Grand Conference Organizing Committee


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