RIO-SET EXPO 2018 : First Call for Papers 






The Research and Intellectual Outputs – Science, Engineering and Technology (RIO-SET) Expo is a Zimbabwean initiative by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development that was set up to showcase the best research and intellectual work by Zimbabweans both at home and in the Diaspora.  It seeks to harness the very best research and intellectual work by Zimbabweans for national development.  It therefore provides a platform for sharing knowledge, networking and collaboration for all Zimbabweans and other stakeholders.

The Expo will address a range of important topics under various sub-themes.  Plenary speakers will include some of the country’s leading luminaries in various disciplines, as well as numerous paper, workshop and poster presentations by researchers.

The theme for the seventh edition of RIO-SET is “Industrialisation and modernisation of the Zimbabwean economy through research and innovation”.  The Expo is scheduled to take place at the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) (exact dates will be confirmed).  It will bring together Zimbabweans from all disciplines to share latest research findings and brainstorm new research ideas across disciplines.  The Expo is a unique forum for academics, professionals, students, industrialists, investors and entrepreneurs with cross-disciplinary interests to meet and interact with each other.  We are therefore inviting papers on sub-themes that will deal with issues around the theme.

Through research and innovation aligned with the ZIM-ASSET perspective, RIO-SET Expo seeks to understand research-oriented innovative development outputs that could be commercialised for the purpose of industrialising and modernising the economy.

Researchers wishing to submit papers for RIO-SET Expo 2018 are invited to do so.  The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Thursday the 30th of November 2017.  Authors with abstracts that are selected for presentation at the RIO-SET Expo will be notified by the 28th of January 2018 and will be expected to submit full papers by the 10th of May 2018.  In particular, we invite them to address sub-themes relating to how research and innovation can promote the industrialisation and modernisation of the Zimbabwean economy.

Papers to be presented can cover, but will not be limited to the following sub-themes:


1.     Arts, Culture and Humanities

·    Innovative Value Systems (Ubuntu/Unhu) for industrialisation and modernisation

·    African Philosophy and governance

·    African indigenous knowledge systems

·    Creative industries

·    Culture, identity, industrialisation and modernisation

·    Empowering youths through arts and culture

·    Growing the economy through humanities

·    Indigenous languages, innovation and modernisation

·        Heritage and modernisation

·        African religion and development

·        Harnessing African values from foreign religions

·        Zimassetising Africa-centred metaphysics

·        Religion and gender: An African perspective

·        Africa – centred metaphysics and economic development

·        Interreligious dialogue for national development

·    Religion, peace and conflict


2.     Commerce and Social Sciences


·    Innovation for development

·    Culture and population dynamics

·    Intra-trade; Common market

·    Entrepreneurship for industrialisation and modernisation

·    Public-Private partnerships for industrialisation and modernisation

·    Indigenisation and gender empowerment for  development

·    Gender and media for industrialisation and modernisation

·    Youth empowerment for industrialisation and modernisation



3.     Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism

·        Agricultural production, environment and development

·        Conservation of natural resources for industrialisation and modernisation

·        Promoting agriculture and tourism linkages

·        Policy issues in Agriculture and the environment

·        Tourism and economic development

·        Biotechnology for industrialisation and modernisation

·        Promoting agricultural niche markets for economic growth

·        Greening the environment for industrialisation and modernisation of the economy

·        Gender, environment, agriculture and economic growth

·        Land-tenure and development

·        Water and sanitation


4.     Education


·       Education for industrialisation and modernisation of the economy

·       Innovative Technical Vocational Education and training

·       Inclusive Education

·       Early Childhood Education

·       Cultural diversity and Education

·       Quality Assurance in education

·       Gender and diversity in education

·       Unhu/Ubuntu, language and development

·       Leadership development for industrialisation and modernisation of the economy

·       Continuing Education for industrialisation and modernisation of the economy

5.     Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  

·        Innovative value addition and beneficiation

·        ICTs for industrialisation and modernisation of the economy

·        Biotechnology

·        Nanotechnology

·        Energy Development and power management

·        Green technologies

·        Ethno-sciences

·        Emerging technologies

·        Food Product development

·        Mining and Metallurgy

·        Manufacturing/Engineering technology

·        Transportation and Logistics

·        Infrastructure development and Services

·        Materials Science and Engineering

·        Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialisation

·        Product Design and Development

·        Process Engineering

·        Mathematical Modelling and Ethno-mathematics

·        Artificial intelligence and machine learning



6.     Health and Well being


Category A : Biomedical Research and Development

·       Evidence Based Health Practice

ü  Diseases Diagnostic Tests

ü  Diseases Modelling/Biostatistics

·       Medicines and vaccines Therapeutic Development

·       Prostheses Development (Artificial Limbs, Pace Makers etc.)

·       Scientific Medical and Industrial Equipment Maintenance and Repair


Category B : Public Health

·       Nutrition and Diet Food Security at Household Level

·       Lifestyle Diseases

·       Reproductive Health

·       Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health

·       Climate Change and Health

·       Application of Framework for Sanitary Safety in Trade

·       Health Policy and Legislation Frameworks

·       African Spiritual Health/healing

·       Medical Tourism

·       Occupational Safety and Health

·       Health care Financing

·       Access to Health Care/community participation

·       Private Partner Participation

·       Ethics in Health Practice

·       The Food Value Chain and Food Safety

·       Biosafety and biosecurity Regimes

·       Bioterrorism

·       Health information systems

·       Quality Assurance/Patient Satisfaction

·       Alternative Medicine (homeopathy, acupuncture, religion)


Category C : Management of Diseases, Pests and Vectors

·       Zoonotic Diseases and Pests

·       Diseases, Diagnosis and Technologies

·       Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases

·       Human-Domestic Animal-Wildlife Interface

·       Epidemiology and Diseases Control


Category D : Sports

·       Sports Medicine

·       Physical Exercise

·       Physical Health

·       Physiotherapy


7.   Management, Leadership and Governance



·        Corporate Governance

·        Innovative leadership

·        African leadership behaviour and management

·        Citizen Participation

·        Social Justice

·        Corporate Social Responsibility

·        Formulating creativity in leadership and Corporate Governance

·        Gender in Governance and Leadership

·        Management for industrialisation and modernisation of the economy


Guidelines for papers


The length of the abstract should be between 150 and 200 words. A maximum of five key words should accompany the abstract. Papers must be between 4000 and 6000 words including tables, figures and references. Papers must be on double spaced A4 paper, tables, graphs, pictures must be camera ready.  All copyrighted material must be cleared by the author.  References and notes must be cited in the paper as author and date. Full references should be given at the end of paper.

Only those authors who submit full papers by the given deadline will be allowed to present at the Expo.  After the presentations at the Expo all papers will first be subjected to antiplagiarism software before being sent for peer review.  Papers accepted by peer reviewers will be published in the two journals namely:  Journal of Zimbabwe Studies: Science, Technology and Health and Journal of Zimbabwe Studies: Arts Humanities, Education.


Abstracts showing institutional affiliation and contact details should be submitted to

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