Science, technology and innovation as the major drivers and enablers of social and economic transformation. This acknowledges that application of knowledge and innovation is a necessity for attaining sustainable economic growth and competitiveness. Within this broad theme there are seven sub themes in which authors can choose to make a contribution:
- Food security.
- Health, Science and Technology.
- Education and Change.
- History, Literature and Culture
- Natural Resources and Climate Change.
- Geopolitics and Governance.
A guide to authors is provided here for selecting the sub theme category under which they want to present their papers.
- Food Security
Papers preferred under this sub-theme would be those discussing research outputs, innovations or transformative actions that inform opportunities and challenges in attaining the zero hunger goal targets of the SDG 2. These include Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Incomes, Sustainable Animal and Crop Production Systems; Sustainable Utilization of Genetic Diversity, Safe and Nutritious Foods; Malnutrition Interventions; Food Science and Technology; Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
- Health, Science and Technology
Papers preferred under this sub-theme would be those discussing research outputs, innovations or transformative actions on Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Modern Techniques and Tools; Cancer and Other Chronic and Emerging Diseases; Newer Clinical and Surgical Techniques; Modern and Advanced Laboratory Techniques and Diagnostic Tools; Food Nutrition in the Management of Various Diseases; Animal Model Laboratory Disease Research; One Health Issues; Drug Developments; Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Water and Sanitation; Global Pandemics; Health Management and Policy Issues. On Science and Technology, the papers should discuss new knowledge insights and applications from basic and applied sciences, engineering, computing, communication or information technologies that provide solutions to social and economic challenges to society, environment and economy.
- Education and Change
Papers preferred under this subtheme would be those discussing research outputs innovations or transformative actions on Education and Capacity Development; Critical Thinking and Innovativeness in Education;Educational Reforms and Quality; Pedagogy and Quality in Education; Teacher Education and Quality; Comparative Education; ICT and Education.
- History, Literature, Culture
The papers should be multidisciplinary and address issues in but not limited to the following broad areas: Archive, History and Memory; Culture and History; Literature and History; History, Culture and Identity; The National History and Subalternity; Future of History; Interpreting the Past; Language and Literature; Language, Identity and Culture; Literature and Gender; Diasporic Literature; Literature and the other Arts; Literature and Race; Nationalism and Transnationalism; Transculturalism; Models of National Integration; Translation Studies; Language and Media; Language and New Media; Orality, Tradition and memory; Narrative and Identity; Archival Policy; Reading the Colonial Archive; Travel Literature and Pluralism; Migration politics and Pluralism; The Sacred and the Religious; Continuities and Discontinuities of Cultural Practices; Consumer Culture and Humanity.
- Natural Resources and Climate Change
Papers preferred under this subtheme would be those discussing research outputs, innovations or transformative actions that Enhance Natural Resource-use Efficiency and Conservation to build Resilience; Management of Natural Resources and Tourism; Environmental Sustainability and Green Development; Disasters and Natural Hazards; Natural Resource Use Conflict Management; Climate Change and Variability and Energy Solutions and Innovations in Waste Management.
- Geopolitics and Governance
The papers under this sub theme should be contemporary multidisciplinary research that address: dynamics of devolved governance structures, relations between national and devolved governments, corruption, securitization, radicalisation, dangers posed by terrorism, challenges associated with regional integration and grand infrastructure projects,state of civilsociety and the body politic today, civic freedomand jurisdiction,social and legal justice.