Research Theme - 'Building Resilience through Research in the COVID-19 Era'
Notice - 'Deadline for Submission of Abstracts extended to Monday 04 October 2021'
Message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academia)
Holding of the 13th Edition of the Research Week has again been impacted by the pandemic. As such, this Edition of the Research Week, which initially was scheduled for June 2021, had to be postponed as was the case for several other activities mentioned in the Calendar. This year’s Edition will again be virtual while involving best paper and poster awards.
The main thrust of the 13th Edition titled ‘Building Resilience through Research in the COVID-19 Era’ is a very topical one that cuts across several disciplines and could be addressed from various perspectives. It is expected that researchers will provide insights into the extent to which the society, the economy and institutions have been or are being able to absorb the shocks of the pandemic. Academics and students have been invited to disseminate outcomes of their research on topics essentially on or related to the theme encompassing national and regional if not international priorities.
It is also worth noting that the chosen research thrust is also aligned with UoM vision of a ‘Research Engaged and Entrepreneurial University’. Needless to add, research remains important to unveil and better understand the intricacies of COVID-19 and how best our institutions and society as a whole could respond to become more resilient.
Our Research Week remains the most important disseminating platform which fosters significant involvement, dedication and interaction of academics and students of the different Faculties and Centres on campus. The Call for Abstracts and Papers has again been enlarged this year to rope in researchers who have been and are still working jointly on projects or papers with UoM staff. This allows for much greater visibility of the research being undertaken by the UoM staff and students especially related to the COVID-19. Moreover, it is expected that interaction with varying groups of researchers will further enhance our knowledge of this unprecedented pandemic and its challenges.
The different virtual sessions are expected to provide excellent opportunities for researchers benefiting from different funding schemes to showcase their research commitments and achievements. As previous Editions, opportunities will be provided to specific research groups which have benefited from alternative sources of funding - locally and internationally – on the different aspects of the COVID-19 era. We anticipate that the 13th Edition will involve even greater engagement of academics, students and researchers from outside.
It is with great pleasure therefore that I wish all of you well for an insightful, thought-breaking, impactful and fruitful Research Week 2021.
Prof Sanjeev K Sobhee
Call for Abstracts
13th Edition of the UoM Virtual Research Week
Monday 08 November
Friday 12 November 2021
The 13th Edition of the UoM Virtual Research Week will be organised by the University of Mauritius (UoM) from 08 November 2021 to 12 November 2021.
The Research Week aims at providing a consolidated platform for staff, students and researchers to interact and carry out peer discussions on ongoing and emerging research issues. The main objective of the Research Week is, therefore, to showcase research being undertaken at the University which to a large extent is in line with national interest.
The Organising Committee welcomes submissions under the Main Theme:
“Building Resilience through Research in the COVID-19 Era”
Call for Abstracts
Members of academic staff, students (including those having benefited or benefiting from research funding from UoM, local or international institutions), researchers from other Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) and collaborative partners are invited to submit Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations. Stakeholders from private and public sectors, including alumni are also welcome to participate in this endeavour.
Centres (CBBR, CRSI and ICSTH) and Poles of Research (PREs/PRs) should showcase their achievements through either Poster and/or Oral Presentation under their respective Office/Faculty.
It is compulsory for registered MPhil/PhD students at UoM to participate actively in this 13th Edition of the UoM Virtual Research Week through any form of presentation of their intended research, or work in progress or achievements to date.
UoM final year undergraduate students are also invited to participate actively in this event.
Up to five (5) Abstracts inclusive of Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation either as author or co-author may be submitted. However, only up to two (2) Oral Presentations will be allowed per presenter.
Abstracts, strictly as per the format and related to the event’s Main Theme, should be submitted using the online submission system only by Monday 27 September 2021 Monday 04 October 2021 at latest.
An abstract should not exceed one A4 size page and should be in MS Word format. Kindly ensure that your abstract is read and approved by all co-authors before submission.
All Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and checked for plagiarism. Accepted Abstracts will be published in the UoM Virtual Research Week 2021 Book of Abstracts. The corresponding author will be notified of acceptance at latest by Monday 11 October 2021 Friday 15 October 2021. All Abstracts should be formatted as per the template and submitted via the online submission system which will be accessible on the following url: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rw20210 as from Monday 13 September 2021.
In case an Abstract is not accepted for Oral Presentation, the author may consider submitting same as a Poster Presentation.
Participants will have to express interest to submit full papers at the time of submission of pre-recorded video presentations (via Google form). A Call for Papers will subsequently be launched in case there is a sufficient number of interested participants.
More details will be provided upon opening of the Online Submission.
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