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Call for Contributions - KES International COVID-19 Challenge

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Important Dates and Deadlines


  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 March 2021
  • Pre-recorded talks for conference to be received by: 18 March 2021
  • Early Registration Deadline: 10 March 2021

Fees and Charges


  • Early Registration (By Early Deadline): 100 Euros
  • Late Registration (After Early Deadline): 150 Euros
  • As this conference is taking online from the UK there will be 20% VAT added at checkout.

Conference Date: 29 March 2021


Conference Scope


Contributions are invited within the theme of the conference 'technological, economic, and social developments to combat the effects of disasters and build back better'.


The following topics are suggested as examples:


Smart technology to mitigate against the effects of global pandemics and disasters


  •  Smart software for event forecasting and prediction
  •  Decision technologies for disaster prevention, mitigation and management
  •  Smart track and trace systems for infection control
  •  Smart automated diagnosis systems for pandemic control

Smart cities, rural communities and economic systems for improved resilience and self-sufficiency


  •  Smart home-working and team-working technologies
  •  Remote teaching and learning systems

 Resilient local energy systems, smart microgrids, integrated energy systems


 Building design and technologies for improved resilience and disaster resistance


  •  Distributed manufacturing paradigms

Human factors and policy

  •  Understanding human behaviour in the face of pandemics and disasters
  •  Technologies to inform policy

Information for Authors


The KES Covid-19 Challenge is an international virtual summit bringing together technologists, engineers, economists, managers and others who can contribute to the subject, to discuss ways to mitigate against the effects of Covid-19, but further, to build a more resilient economy and society able to better resist sporadic and continuing disasters.


The event will take place over one day, and will feature invited thought pieces from experts in the field, and also contributions in the form of 20 minute presentations from researchers and others working in the field.


It is intended that one outcome of the summit will be a volume of proceedings published in the KES Springer book series 'Advances in Sustainability Science and Technology'.


Submission of Abstracts


Submissions should be extended abstracts of between one and two pages length (one page minimum) following the format shown .. here ..


Abstracts should be submitted as PDF documents through the PROSE online submission and review system.


If accepted, authors will be invited to extend the abstract into a chapter to be published later in 2021 in a volume of the KES-Springer series 'Advances in Sustainability Science and Technology' (subject to confirmation).


For authors who do not wish to submit a full chapter there will be the opportunity to have their abstract published in the KES KOALA online archive.


Submission Conditions


All oral and poster papers must be presented by one of the authors who must register for the conference and pay the fee.


By submitting a paper for the conference authors undertake that, if the paper is accepted, they will pay the fee, attend the conference, and present the paper.


By submitting a paper you also indicate that you accept the KES Terms and Conditions, available .. here .. on the conference web site, and that you agree to abide by them.