On 6 April 2016, the Third International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT for Development (ICT4D)” will be hosted by the VU Network Institute, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems SIKS, the Computer Science Department and VU International Office. This year’s theme is “Community Service & Education”. Invited speakers from India, Ghana, South-Africa and the Netherlands will highlight the theme, presenting case studies from various contexts: rural development, health, and education.
@VU Tuinzaal, W&N building, (Ground floor, between S/T/U corridors) De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Symposium chairs: Dr. Victor de Boer (VU/FEW/INF) & Anna Bon (VU International Office/CIS)
09.30 Registration & coffee
10.00 Welcome by Symposium Chairs
10.05 Opening address by the VU rector-magnificus, Prof. Dr. Vinod Subramaniam
10.20 VU-Informatics/ICT4D: Dr. Stefan Schlobach (VU-INF), Gossa Lô & Romy Blankendaal (VU students)
11.00 Coffee break
11.20 Ghana: Prof. Dr. Saa Dittoh (Prof. Agro-economics at UDS University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana) & Nana Baah Gyan (Accra, Ghana, and PhD candidate at VU, defending his thesis on ICT for Rural Development in West Africa on 05 April 2016 in Amsterdam)
12.00 India: Prof. Dr. Maneesha Ramesh (Prof. Wireless Networks and Applications and Director International Programs, Amrita University, India) & Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Broerse (Director Athena Institute, VU)
13.50 Netherlands: Frank Annor (TU Delft, researcher water resources management West Africa) & Annabelle Poelert (Project Officer AKVO, Amsterdam)
14.30 Tea Break
14.50 South-Africa: Prof. Dr. Mmantsae Moche Diale (Professor in Physics/Solar Energy Research, University of Pretoria, South-Africa) & Prof. Dr. André Ran (Desmond Tutu Professor VU, mathematics)
15.30 Wrap up and closing by Symposium Chairs
15.50 Drinks in Tuinzaal
The event is part of the Educational Program of SIKS. Therefore, all SIKS-PhD-students are strongly encouraged to participate.
Participation is free of costs, but due to the limited number of seats available, please register.