Frontiers of Research in Caribbean Science and Technology (FORECAST) Academic Conference

9 - 12
JUN
2020

Kingston
Jamaica

Venue:
the University of the West Indies (Mona) and the University of Technology, jamaica

Science &
Technology

a D.R.I.V.E.R. of transformation
Students presenting at a previous conference

About

FORECAST 2020 is the first joint conference of the Science Faculties of The University of the West Indies (Mona) and the University of Technology, Jamaica. Using the theme, “Science and Technology: a D.R.I.V.E.R. of Transformation”.

The Conference, being the first of its kind, represents:

  • The 12th Faculty of Science and Technology Conference of The UWI, Mona Campus
  • The 6th International Science Conference of the University of Technology, Jamaica
  • The 2nd International Caribbean Climate Conference

The conference will highlight science and technology as a pillar for regional transformation through its provision of new thought, discourse and foundational knowledge and skills, as well as by driving innovation, entrepreneurship, and resilience in the pursuit of greater development. Students, academics and professionals from tertiary institutions and the public and private sectors of Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and beyond, are invited to submit papers and posters detailing original scientific research findings of regional relevance. Presentations may be in any area of the medical, natural or social sciences and may cover pure or applied research, technological and scientific innovation, STEM policy and education, as well as industrial and developmental findings. Submissions highlighting interdisciplinary research are particularly encouraged. Submissions are also invited from high and tertiary student teams for the 2nd Grand Innovation Challenge around the theme of Water. The conference programme will include plenary lectures by invited experts, oral and poster presentations by participants, three-minute pitches, pre-conference workshops on special topics, a field trip, conference reception, and conference prizes for best presentations.

Background
6

Keynote speakers

8+

Hours of workshops

4

Days of insights

1

D.R.I.V.E.R of progress

// 2020
UWI MONA & Utech JAMAICA
JUNE
9 - 12

Themes

D.r.i.v.e.r

Abstract submissions are invited under any of the following subheadings. Click on each of letters below to see the full range of possible topics. Submission may be done using the Call For Papers link at the top of the page.

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Development

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Environmental Modelling and Simulation
Applications of Geographical and/or Environmental Information Systems
Smart cities, Sustainable transportation and Energy systems
Science, technology and Innovation in agriculture
New science for industries and industrial processes
Science & technologies for health and social welfare
Natural products & indigenous science
Artificial Intelligence & ICT for Development 
Big data, Privacy and Surveillance
Other

Resilience and mitigation strategies

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Disaster modelling, simulation, information systems
Resilience & the built environment
Caribbean Climate change past and present – adaptation and mitigation science
Resilience partnerships/Multi-Actor Integration
Advances in Renewable Energy
ICT for resilience
Natural resource management & sustainable development science
Marine science and science of the blue economy
Privacy, data protection, surveillance and security
Water science
Other

Innovation for productivity

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Examples of Caribbean innovations
Transforming Society with ICT Transforming education with technology
Artificial Intelligence; Robotics 
Developing and Deploying Assistive Technologies
Crop science and Technology
Establishing and Encouraging Multi-Sector Innovation Linkages
Bridging the divide – from science to innovation
Other

Vision for greater harmony, efficiency and policy

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
STEM education and STEM societies
Science, Technology, Innovation, Research and Social Responsibility
Effective Governance of Innovation
Open Data: Possibilities for Science and Technology
Science Communication
Energy Politics
Science Ethics
Science, Technology & Gender
Other

Entrepreneurship for empowerment, poverty alleviation and progress

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Innovations to Support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
Innovations in Financial Services for the Poor
Decision Making Using Science Data
Managing Forests and other Natural Resources for Poverty Reduction
Science & Technological Advances for Poverty Alleviation Risk Management
Other

Renewal and Research as cornerstone of a progressive society

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Advances in Chemistry
Advances in Computing
Advances in the Environmental Sciences
Advances in Geography
Advances in Geology
Advances in the Health Sciences
Advances in the Life Sciences
Advances in Mathematics
Advances in Physics
Other

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April 14 - 16

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James Husbands

Managing Director, Solar Dynamics Ltd.

Barbados
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G. K. Surya Prakash

Chairman, Department of Chemistry & Director, Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, University of Southern California

USA
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Elizabeth Thomas-Hope

Professor Emerita of Environmental Management, The University of the West Indies

Jamaica
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Ishenkumba Kahwa

Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry, The University of the West Indies

Jamaica
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Tim Ford

Director, Institute for Global Health (IGH), University of Massachusetts Amherst

USA
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Judy Lang

Coral Scientist, Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program

USA
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