WASD is very pleased to invite you to its 19th International Annual Conference and 10th Diaspora Annual Conference aiming to bring together academics, universities and research institutions from across the world to collaborate and reconnect with the discourse of Sustainable Development (SD).
We were hoping the conference will take place in London Face to Face at Queen Mary University of London following all the health and legal guidelines by the UK government but WASD is making all necessary preparations for running the conference online as the global pandemic lockdown continues across the world. As a result of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, for the first time since its inception WASD Conference were organised successfully in 2020 remotely via video conference technologies. In doing so, WASD will use the latest technology in video conferencing from London with participants from all-over the world connecting from homes.
The conference objective is to introduce a variety of fundamental perspectives on the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) (universities, colleges and research institutes) to help re-building the global economy and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD). It is now clearly recognised that innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as being a central driver of economic growth, are also recognised as very important tools to help achieve SD. The conference is therefore aims to discuss and explore various approaches and different ways by HEI which can contribute to enhance and support entrepreneurship eco-system across the world and more specifically in the Developing Countries (DCs). Moreover, the conference aims to explore and critically analyse the current debates around the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in achieving SD.
- how do you see the role of HEI in service of the 2030 Agenda and supporting and enhancing the process of economic and social development in their countries;
- do you believe that the HEI are properly using scientific research in finding solutions to global problems such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic?
- identify all major obstacles that HEI face in their countries including any governments components and most importantly how can these obstacles best be overcome;
- what is the new role(s) of HEI in the post Covid-19 era; and
- how do you reflect the SDGs in your own research activities?.
Target audience: Academics, researchers, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups, women, youth, students, private sector, business, SMEs, government officials and agencies and other stakeholders. The conference is expected to brings together researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice. You can also browse sample of our previous speakers here. The conference program will be published two weeks before the conference date and will normally be tentative and subject to changes due to the large number of participants. For a sample program structure, please check our previous conference programs.
10th Diaspora International Annual Conference
Adopting a more holistic approach, the diaspora conference aims to provide a stimulus for knowledge exchange and discussion that focuses on issues relating to the role of diaspora in technology transfer (TT) and achieving sustainable development (SD) to critically examine the relations and links between diaspora and host countries, and attempts to outline policy and strategies to support the role of diaspora in developing, creating wealth and achieving SD in host countries. The conference also aims to learn lessons from the successful communities across the world and emulate the ideas and innovations of these communities by host countries.
The main objectives of the Diaspora Conferences are:
- Initiate and establish a network of diaspora and diaspora organisations having a common ground in promoting SD in host countries.
- Identify ways in which Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) can enable diaspora to contribute more effectively to achieve SD in host countries.
- Explore global viewpoints on different issues relating to STI and SD and why they are important, and to provoke forward thinking on the role of STI in solving host countries’ problems related to sustainability.
- Address growing concerns for the future of our interlocked ecological, political and economic systems in a highly populated world that is characterised by major social and economic disparities.
- Cooperate with national and international organisations and donors to achieve SD in host countries.
- Define and implement a learning and collaboration platform that efficiently supports all interaction and work between different partners.
- Develop a framework for the analysis of the role of academic & research institutions and societies in achieving SD in host countries.
- And finally make the conference into a regular event.