13TH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
Egerton University is planning to hold a virtual International Conference this November on the 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020. This will be the 13th International Conference that the University is holding. Previously, the conference was held yearly till the 10th Conference. Since then, the Conference is held once in two years. The Conference is organized and hosted by the Division of Research & Extension and usually attracts more than 500 participants.
Every Conference has a different theme, to reflect topical issues in Kenya and globally. The 13th Egerton University Virtual International Conference is being held under the theme: Innovation, Research and Transformation for Sustainable Development. Underlying this theme is the acknowledgment that Science, Technology and Innovation are major drivers and enablers of social and economic transformation. The application of knowledge and innovation is a necessity for attaining sustainable economic growth and competitiveness. Authors have opportunities to address this broad theme under six sub themes:
1. Food security
Papers preferred under this subtheme would be those discussing research outputs, innovations or transformative actions that inform opportunities and challenges in attaining the zero hunger goal targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. History, Literature and Culture
Papers preferred under this subtheme would be those discussing research outputs innovations or transformative actions on 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 other Arts; Literature and Race; Nationalism and Transnationalism; Trans-culturalism; 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.
5. 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.
6. 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 civil society and the body politic today, civic freedom and jurisdiction, social and legal justice.