Message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academia)
The vision of the University of Mauritius (UoM) is to be one of the leading international tertiary education providers and a research-led University and one of the strategic directions identified to achieve this vision is ‘Excellence in Research and Innovation’. At the UoM therefore, staff and students strive to make a difference through innovative and multidisciplinary research. The research effort at the UoM is strongly supported by its pool of talented researchers who are recognised nationally and internationally and the work of its postgraduate research students.
The Research Week has been held annually at the UoM since 2007 and it is part of the University’s ongoing effort to foster its research mission by providing a forum to the researchers in all fields of study to disseminate and share their work and findings. The Research Week is in fact a key event in the Calendar of Activities of the UoM since it is the annual celebration of the research undertaken at all levels by staff and students at the UoM. It is also a means to acknowledge the contribution and support provided to the researchers through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academia) and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), the Tertiary Education Institution (TEC), the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) and other External Funding Organisations/Agencies.
The Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) was launched in April 2016 at the UoM and its role is to become a platform for knowledge transfer between the University and stakeholders for a sustainable society. The KTO will therefore communicate the research findings to the community so that same may be used in policy making, in the industry or by Non Government Organisations (NGOs). In the same spirit, this year the Research Week at the UoM will be open to people from the industry since the University wishes to highlight the importance of applying the knowledge generated through research. The Research Theme for this 9th Edition of the Research Week is therefore “Knowledge to Action”. The Research Week 2016 will focus on showcasing research through various events to be attended by staff, students and other researchers. Each Faculty and Centre will have its own research day. Exhibition of posters, oral presentations and discussions will be held during the whole week. We therefore hope that you will actively participate in the different activities that will be held during the Research Week 2016.
Following online submission of abstracts and consideration by the respective Faculty/ Centre Research Week Organising Committees, 216 abstracts have been accepted for oral presentations and poster sessions namely 53 from the Faculty of Agriculture, 33 from the Faculty of Engineering, 43 from the Faculty of Law and Management, 10 from the Faculty of Ocean Studies, 42 from the Faculty of Science, 26 from the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities and 9 from the Centre for Innovative and Lifelong learning.
I would therefore like to thank all participants as well as the UoM Research Week Organising Committee and the Faculty/Centre Research Week Organising Committees for their valuable contribution to this 9th Edition of the Research Week.
We wish you all a successful Research Week 2016!
Professor A H Subratty
Call for Abstracts
9th Edition of the UoM Research Week
19 to 23 September 2016
The 9th Edition of the UoM Research Week will be organised by the University of Mauritius from 19 to 23 September 2016.
The Research Week aims at providing a consolidated platform for staff, students and researchers to interact and carry out peer discussions on ongoing or emerging research. The main objective of the Research Week is therefore to showcase research being undertaken in the country.
Academic Staff members, students and participants are invited to submit extended abstracts for oral presentations and poster sessions. Stakeholders from private and public sectors including alumni are welcome to participate.
Up to two (2) oral presentations will be allowed per presenter. Oral presentations will be of a duration of 20 minutes (including question time). Poster presentations should be in A1 format.
Extended abstracts should be submitted online at latest by 25 July 2016 and should include the following details:
- The presentation title (up to 20 words);
- The name, affiliation and email of all authors;
- Paper type (oral or poster);
- A word description (between 500 and 700 words) of the presentation(extended abstract);
The extended abstract should comprise the background and objectives of the study, approach and methodology, major findings of the research work, conclusion and significance, and up to five (5) keywords.
All extended abstracts will be blind reviewed and the corresponding author will be notified of acceptance at latest by 12 August 2016. Accepted abstracts will be published in the UoM Research Week e-Book of Abstracts
Those who wish, may submit their full paper(s) to the UoM Research Journal (url: http://vcampus.uom.ac.mu/pvcacd/resjournal/) at latest by 31 October 2016 for online publication in the Special Issue of the Journal.
Online submission opens on 17 June 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 July 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 12 August 2016