University of Botswana to host VizAfrica 2019

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana 

The University of Botswana (UB) will host the second instalment of The VizAfrica 2019 Data Visualization Symposium which will take place from 18th -19th November 2019 at the University of Botswana’s Conference Centre in Gaborone, Botswana. The symposium also includes a two weeks Summer School training on Data Science/Visualization.

The first conference was held in 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya, and was organized by CODATA Kenya and the ICT Centre of Open Data (iCEOD), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The Chair of the organizing committee Dr. Audrey Masizana added that “The main aim of the conference is to bring together stakeholders to discuss issues around Data Visualization, relating to theory, policy, technology and practice. The theme of the symposium is “Application of Data, Information and Scientific Visualization for Resource Management and Sustainability.” 

The symposium is part of the University’s mission of improving economic and social conditions for Botswana while advancing itself as a distinctively African University with a regional and international outlook.

“Data, information and scientific visualization uses uncomplicated language to simplify things into concepts that can be easily grasped in graphical format enabling easy understanding/insight and ability to understand cross-cutting complex issues and understand patterns to inform formation of successful strategies and solutions,” said Dr. Audrey Masizana the chairperson of the organizing committee.

The UB, is holding such conferences in fulfilling its mandate in reaching out to and interacting with international community, the general public, entrepreneurs, scientists and policy makers on advances in technological innovations for social economic development and industrialization. 300 participants have been drawn from government ministries, universities, research organizations, corporate, small and medium scale industries (SMEs), policy makers in key sectors of the economy and from international organizations are expected to attend.

The symposium has six strands on the following themes:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

  2. Computer Graphics, Media and Animation

  3. Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security

  4. Data Analytics, Visualization and Internet of Things (IoTs)

  5. Policy Design, Analysis and Strategic Management

  6. Universal Health Coverage

All the six sessions have; Summer School, research, industry, keynote speeches and panel discussions tracks. Proposals for presentations and posters are invited for each of these strands/sessions. The deadline for proposals is Monday 19 August 2019.


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