SUB-THEMES

Abstracts are expected to focus on but not limited to the following sub-themes

1. SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

  • Demystifying Intellectual Property Rights in Zimbabwe
  • Fostering Public-Private Sector Partnerships for sustainable development
  • Innovative strategies to attract Foreign Direct Investment for sustainable development
  • R&D as an investment for unlocking sustainable development
  • Promoting connectedness and flow of funds in the National Science Technology and Innovation System
  • Improving access to Financial Services for Zimbabwe
  • Strengthening Special Economic Zones
  • Curbing foreign currency externalisation and smuggling of goods
  • Strengthening industry-academia linkages through R&D funding
  • Promoting business incubation programmes for sustainable development
  • Enhancing capacity, retooling and recapitalisation of industry through R&D
  • Harmonisation of investment laws and policies
  • Accelerating commercialisation of R&D for industrial growth

2. SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

  • Transforming Agriculture through increased productivity and food security
  • Value addition to Zimbabwe’s natural resources as the cornerstone for industrial development
  • Searching for R&D solutions to challenges on the availability of water
  • Responding to Climate Change and variability through R&D
  • Understanding and exploiting deep earth resources
  • Developing sustainable energy resources for sustainable development
  • Creating platforms for technology transfer, acquisition, and adoption by industry
  • Mitigating land degradation
  • Rehabilitation and development of public infrastructure
  • Water harvesting technologies

3. PROMOTING AND MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH

  • Increasing access to health facilities
  • Strengthening biotechnology research for disease prevention and control.
  • Preventive Healthcare
  • Juxta positing Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the pharmaceuticals industry
  • Revitalising Zimbabwe’s National Health Delivery system
  • Patenting traditional medicine to unlock revenue for the local pharmaceutical industry
  • A Healthy start to life: countering impacts of genetic, maternal, social and environmental factors which dispose infants to ill-health and reduce their well-being and life potential
  • Focus on non-communicable diseases including cancer
 

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