JOINTLY HOSTED CONFERENCE BY DAYSTAR UNIVERSITY AND THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION (NACOSTI)

BACKGROUND

Institutional Ethics Review Committees (IERCs) have been established by governments, academic and research institutions to protect the rights of human subjects, animals, environment, research objects and researchers. It is thus expected that any studies being conducted are cleared from the IERC before applying for the other relevant research permits. However, many researchers, graduate students, and scholars seem not to appreciate the value of IERCs. In Kenya, for example, one would obtain Ethical clearance as a mandatory requirement for the acquisition of the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) and a prerequisite for the NACOSTI permit. It therefore appears punitive to the researcher.

The joint Daystar University and NACOSTI Conference, aims at strengthening the research process and research ethics. The conference will therefore assist in elucidating the role of Ethics, Institutional Ethics Review Boards, and NACOSTI in Research in general, and University Education in particular. How to deal with these issues is the reason for the joint Daystar University and NACOSTI Conference. The aim is to share facts, emerging trends, Case Studies, current studies and findings on research ethics and process, and importance of ethics in research. This will be a blended conference with physical and virtual attendance and presentation of the accepted research submissions.

PROPOSED CONFERENCE THEME

Strengthening Research Process and Research Ethics For Healthy Nation.

CONFERENCE VENUE

Daystar University, Nairobi Campus

Offsite Venue - NACOSTI (one practical session to be held there / or arrange for a visit to NACOSTI)

CONFERENCE DATES

The conference shall take place from 6th – 8th April 2021. Two and half days will be conference days, while the last half day will be academic mentorship for graduate students and publication mentorship for early career scholars/researchers. For people coming from outside Nairobi / the country, arrival could be Monday 5th April 2021 or earlier (personal choice).

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Organizing Committee is calling for 200 to 250 words long abstracts (for papers, panels, posters, roundtables and virtual breakout rooms) on any of the following (and related) sub-themes:

  1. Importance of Ethics in Scientific Research
  2. Research ethics and publications
  3. Studies that demystify research ethics
  4. Why ethical clearance?
  5. Research and global competitive index
  6. The Science Communication
  7. Research misconduct
  8. Protection of the rights of Researchers, human subjects, animals, environment, and research objects
  9. The role of scientific committees and IERCs in research
  10. Intellectual property rights
  11. Cost of research
  12. The challenges of conducting ethical research
  13. The science of communication and dissemination of research findings
  14. Commercialization of research output
  15. Mining of data
  16. Decolonizing research and ethics

IMPORTANT DATES                                                               

* Deadline for receiving abstracts:            15th February 2021

* Deadline for receiving verdicts:              28th February 2021 (abstracts reviews will be on-going,

as/when received)

* Full (working) papers / slides due:           by 5th March 2021         

Send abstracts / inquiries to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

           

CONFERENCE COSTS & PAYMENT:

Local (Africa)

●          Students – USD 50 (KSHS 5, 000)

●          Non students – USD 150 (KSHS 15, 000)

                                   

International (outside Africa)

●          Students – USD 50

●          Non students – USD 200

Onsite payment

The organizing Committee will accept onsite payments ONLY in KSHS as follows:

Local (Africa)

●          Students – KSHS 6, 000

●          Non students – KSHS 18, 000

                                   

International (outside Africa)

●          Students – KSHS 6,000

●          Non students – KSHS 25,000

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  1. Book of abstracts
  2. Policy documents
  3. Conference proceedings
  4. Student mentorship programs
  5. A Communique – strong actionable points for follow up

POSTER

POSTER DU NACOSTI CONFERENCE