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Test & Measurement 2017 Call For Papers

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Africa should use the opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution to transform itself into a full partner on the global stage, since the continent missed most of the previous three industrial revolutions. One of the major priorities for the continent is universal electrification to allow digital technology to play its role in transforming lives. The African Development Bank will spend USD 12.5 billion in the next five years on its New Deal in Electricity.

In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 60% of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods but the continent is known for numerous agricultural and associated health challenges. Some of these challenges include: limited access to arable land and services, high post-harvest losses, limited processing, inadequate access to markets and finance as well as low investment into food and agricultural research and training.
Basically, various populations in sub-Saharan Africa are exposed to health hazards (such as mycotoxins, heavy metals, etc.) in their diets,directly and/or indirectly through the consumption of unsafe foods or the unavailability of nutritious foods.

In June 2015, African leaders signed an historic, 26-nation free-trade pact to create a common market spanning half the continent, from Cairo to Cape Town.
Analysts say the pact could have an enormous impact on African economies, which despite growth still only account for about 2% of global trade.The deal will integrate three existing trade blocs – the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa – whose countries have a combined gross domestic product of more than USD 1-trillion.

A sound regional quality infrastructure based on harmonization in standardization, quality assurance, and collaboration in measurement science to established regional measurement equivalence is crucial for the development of the economies in an African free trade region and improving the quality of life for all Africans.

This year the NLA Conference and Workshop will take a slightly different form and be restricted to two days. This is due to the special events which will be hosted by the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) to celebrate 70 years of accurate scientific measurement (metrology) and 10 years of Institutional existence. These events will take up the balance of the week of the T&M conference and will be held at the CSIR conference centre. NMISA will be circulating additional information about these events in due course.

The call for papers has begun. For this year’s event contributions are invited in the form of formal papers, posters and tutorials.

Download the Call for Papers for further information

Scope of Submissions
For this year’s event contributions are invited in the form of formal papers, posters and tutorials with a focus under the following headings:
Measurement and testing in industry: imaginative design concepts, innovation, discovering new frontiers through measurement
Measurement traceability: method validation, measurement uncertainty, reference materials
Laboratory quality systems: ISO/IEC 17025, accreditation, calibration, proficiency testing
Laboratory staff: recruitment, training, evaluating competence

Manuscripts that are considered by the technical paper review panel as worthy for publication will be recommended to the following peer-reviewed journals: Accreditation and Quality Assurance (ACQUAL), MEASURE (peer-reviewed journal of the NCSLI) and ARJ (African Research Journal).
Manuscripts that are accepted from SAIMC members, qualify for consideration of the SAIMC Negretti Award.  Details can be found on the SAIMC website: www.saimc.org.za

Requirements and General Information
Paper, tutorial and discussion panel content should relate to the suggested topics and, wherever possible, to the conference theme.  In all cases they must be non-commercial and objective.
Abstracts of 350 words or less should be submitted electronically to the NLA-website at www.nla.org.za and will be open for submission in January 2017. The deadline for abstract submissions is the 28 February 2017. When you submit your abstract ensure that you receive an email confirmation of receipt of the abstract from the NLA, and if not please contact the NLA Office.
The Chair of the Technical Programme of the T&M2017 conference and a review panel will select the top rated abstracts for presentation at the conference.  After notification of the abstract selection, authors will have until 31 May 2017 to submit the full manuscript.  ALL DEADLINES MUST BE MET.

Submissions
Authors’ attention is drawn to the fact that the following registration categories apply for all paper, poster or tutorial submissions.
A SILVER REGISTRATION will be awarded to authors whose abstracts are received on or before 31 March 2017, and whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.
The SILVER REGISTRATION of presenters of papers will be converted to a GOLD REGISTRATION provided that the manuscript is submitted and received by 31 May 2017.
SILVER REGISTRATION: Discount of 25% on the conference fee, excluding accommodation.
GOLD REGISTRATION: Discount of 50% on the conference fee, excluding accommodation.

Venue and Date:
31st July & 1st August 2017
Saint George Hotel and Convention Centre,
Rietvleidam, Centurion, Gauteng