'Harnessing the Potentials of New and Advanced materials for Developing Economies, 9th - 12th August 2011
4-days International Conference on the Potentials of New and Advanced materials for Developing Economies in Abuja, Nigeria
Advanced materials and associated technologies are of great significance
for the industrial growth and resultant economic development of any
country in any sector, be it agriculture, civil infrastructure,
transportation, energy, environmental protection, manufacturing,
medicine and health, IT or aerospace. Developing countries are replete
with mineral resources. However, there is an emergent need to find means
for value addition to this wealth by converting them to novel and
advanced materials as well as exploit them in manufacturing processes by
using advanced technologies.
In order to stimulate awareness, explore opportunities and develop
strategies on the development of new and advanced materials and
innovating new technologies by using such materials, draw attention of
the scientific community to its impact on the national economy, discuss
the role of the government, industry, academia and R&D institutions and
other arms of the society and examine the collaboration and networking
aspects in this regard, the NAM S&T Centre announces a 4-days
International Conference on ‘Harnessing the Potentials of New and
Advanced materials for Developing Economies’ to be held at Abuja,
Nigeria during 9th -12th August 2011 jointly with the Raw Materials
Research and Development Council (RMRDC) of the Federal Ministry of
Science & Technology, Nigeria and invites nominations of the specialists
and professionals from government departments, academic and R&D
institutions and private sectors in developing countries with relevant
background and active involvement in the area of materials.
Request for participation in this International Conference (except
from the applicants from Nigeria) may please be sent to the NAMS&T
Centre (E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]) by completing the
Nomination Form, a copy of which is included in the attached
Announcement (also available on the Centre’s websitewww.namstct.org).
The following may please be noted:
(a)The last date for submission of the applications is Monday, 4th
(b)Only limited seats are available for participation in this event.
Since a large number of applications are expected, early response is
advisable to avoid disappointment. No application shall be considered
after the closure of the last date.
(c)The selection will be strictly on merit of the presentation material
submitted by the applicants, their academic background and professional
experience and interest of their parent organisations in the subject area.
(d)Local Hospitality: The local hosts RMRDC will provide free local
hospitality, including accommodation and meals, to all the participants
sponsored by the NAM S&T Centre and invited resource persons from
Monday, 8th August (Noon) to Saturday, 13th August 2011 (Noon), i.e.
commencing from one day before the conference and for an additional day
after its conclusion.
(e)Application for participation in the Conference may please be made
only to the NAMS&T Centre (except from Nigeria). The Nomination
Form should be filled in completely without leaving any column blank.
Applicants from Nigeria, however, may send their Nomination Forms to
(f)It is mandatory for all participants to make a scientific
presentation during the Conference. Accordingly, an extended abstract of
the paper proposed to be presented during the Conference must be
attached with the Nomination Form.
(g)For applications received from those member countries of the NAM S&T
Centre, which are regularly paying their annual subscription: The NAM
S&T Centre will provide to and fro international airfare to/from Abuja,
Nigeria by Excursion Class by Shortest Route to only one official
nominee of each country, provided the application is routed through
the Focal Point of the NAM S&T Centre in the applicant’s country.
In this connection, the Focal Points may please note that the NAM S&T
Centre will accept only one official nomination for full financial
support by the Centre. Any additional nomination from the Focal Points
would also be considered, but such applicants would have to arrange for
their own international fare and would also be required to make payment
of a Processing Fee of US$400 to the Centre in advance.
(h)For applications received from the member countries of the NAM S&T
Centre defaulting on the payment of their annual dues: All the
applicants as well as the nominees of the Focal Points from those of the
member countries that are overdue on the payment of their annual
subscription will make their own arrangement for international travel
and will also be required to make payment of a Processing Fee of US$400
to the Centre in advance.
(i)For nominations received from the S&T-Industry Network Members of
the NAM S&T Centre: The NAM S&T–Industry Network entitles each Network
member, which has no outstanding dues against its membership
subscription, to get invitation for one or two nominees each year,
depending upon the status of its membership, with full finances paid by
the Centre for participation in appropriate activities organised by the
Centre. Accordingly, if a Network member has not yet fully availed of
this privilege and desires to make a nomination for attending this
Conference, the NAM S&T Centre will provide to and fro international
airfare to Abuja, Nigeria by Excursion Class by Shortest Route to such
official nominee of the Network member.
Any additional nominee(s), as well as the nominees of those S&T-Industry
Network Members, which are overdue on the payment of their annual
network membership subscription, will make their own arrangement for
international travel and will also be required to make payment of a
Processing Fee of US$400 to the Centre in advance.
(j)For all other applicants (except from Nigeria): Completed
Nomination Form along with a Processing Fee of US$400 may please be sent
directly to the NAMS&T Centre. Such applicants will make their own
arrangement for international travel.
(k)Other details are available in the attached Announcement.
(l)Information on the member countries and S&T-Industry Network members
of the NAM S&T Centre and names/addresses of the Focal Points may be
seen on the Centre’s website www.namstct.org.
(m)As far as possible, all correspondence may please be made by email.
All documents may be prepared in MSWord Format or electronically scanned
and sent as attachments to the email.
(n)English will be the official language of the International Conference.