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EAI International Conference for Research, Innovation and Development for Africa

June 20–21, 2017 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


The ACRID 2017 conference track covering Energy and Sustainable Development is a forum for industrialists, researchers, academics, system designers, and other practitioners with the aim of exploiting common synergies. It is a particularly diverse track which covers all that is important in sustainable habitats and society. Environmental Experts report on problems and opportunities related to global warming and climate change threats. Engineers, researchers and academics report on measures to mitigate such threats, for example sustainable energy generation, green agriculture, farming in extremely dry lands  Solutions related to energy production, transmission and utilisations are often accompanied other problems, such as grid impact, reliability issues and of course cost of implementation, such solutions are greatly assisted through the use of power systems simulation and planning software. Many of these tools are new to developing country universities and often quite pricey. Papers that suggest or offer solutions towards the development or use of open software are encouraged. The role of gender is very important and aspects of gender mainstreaming are considered in this track. For example wood constitutes more than 60% of domestic fuel needs in developing countries and women play the dominant role in its collection and utilization. Because of the diversity of this track, sub-tracks have been created to enable more focus. There is ample scope for the exploration and exchange of knowledge in this field through scientific talks, industry discussions, technical tutorials and panels. This call covers all aspects of energy and sustainable development for industry, research and practice, including theory, management, applications and technology, and will bring together renowned experts.




ACRID 2017 explicitly encourages papers that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Energy, Agriculture  and Sustainable Development and appreciates that this important track covers a multitude of industries and services.


The thematic areas of this track in which contributions are sought include, but are not limited to, those listed below. Subtopics in this track are assigned to a Technical Programme Committee (PC) member  will promote it and lead the review processes taking into consideration the characteristics of the particular thematic area. The topics form which papers may be drawn include but are not limited to the following:


Agriculture Sub-track:

Research results and problems related to sustainable agriculture on the continent; persistent droughts, use of meteorological information.

Growing and Production and of specific crops, coffee, horticulture, maize, rice, potatoes  and other staples.

Pesticides and related risks to humans, flora and fauna

Marketing of agricultural produce and price stability

Agricultural waste, use in energy production

Agricultural Finance

Land Tenure


Energy and Power Delivery Sub-track:


Renewable Energy Generation, Wind, Solar Thermal, Solar PV

Power System Planning

Modelling & Analysis,

Power System Economics,

Power Markets

Power quality,

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).

System stability,

Battery Management Systems,


High Voltage Engineering,

Power System Protection,

Power Systems SCADA and Security.

IEC 61850 for Power Systems and Substation Operation and Control


Youth, Gender and Mainstreaming Sub-track:


Gender balance, diversity for sustainable development

Women in Engineering and Energy

Public policies promoting gender equality, national

Higher education reforms and their gender impacts

Women’s access to decision-making positions: issues of power at stake, and effects of legal provisions or regulations promoting parity (e.g. targets and quotas)

Structural change and institutional gender equality plans (recruitments, promotions, careers, work-life balance, work time organisation, etc.)

Equal opportunities in research funding

Youth, Entrepreneurship and Innovation



The event is endorsed by the European Alliance for Innovation, a leading community-based organisation devoted to the advancement of innovation in the field of ICT.
  • All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries.
  • "Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: EI, ISI Thomson's Scientific and Technical Proceedings at Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI's own EU Digital Library (EUDL)."

  • Accepted authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their articles to Special Issue in EAI Endorsed Transactions. More information about EAI ENDORSED TRANSACTIONS available here.

Paper Submission

Papers should be submitted via Confy system. Please follow instructions on initial submission and in author's kit when submitting your paper.

Important Dates

  • Full Paper Submission deadline

    26 December 2016
  • Notification and Registration opens

    27 February 2017
  • Camera-ready deadline

    27 March 2017
  • Start of Conference

    19 June 2017
  • End of Conference

    22 June 2017


Submit your paper here!