9th Annual International Conference on Communication and Information Science - 2019


The Faculty of Communication and Information Science at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe will be hosting its 9th Annual International Conference on Communication and Information Science from the 20th to the 22nd of August 2019. Inspired by the United Nations vision to attain sustainable development by 2030, this Conference is a forum for the creation and exchange of ideas and experiences on the critical role that information, knowledge and communication play in creating and sustaining economies. Technology cannot be left out of this discourse as it is the avenue through which modern communities and economies are connected; creating global citizens who must be cognisant of the need for peace and prosperity in a clean and safe environment. Information organisations offer a wide range of products and services to promote the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together with their 169 targets. Equally, development stalls in the absence of information, knowledge and communication. We therefore invite papers and posters to speak to the role of the same in the implementation and attainment of selected SDGs as listed below.

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Production and Consumption
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The sub themes would be classified as follows:

Information, Knowledge and Communication Services for Communities, Industries and Reindustrialisation

  • Knowledge Production and Translation Services
  • Knowledge Management
  • Records Management
  • Data Curation
  • Research Support
  • Mass Communication
  • Public Relations
  • National Skills Requirements

Indigenous Knowledge Systems

  • Communication for Development
  • Indigenous Modes of Communication
  • Knowledge Systems to Enhance Development

Good Health and Well-Being

  • Production, Provision and Access to Health Information
  • National Health Information Systems
  • Knowledge and Communication for Chronic and Terminal Illnesses
  • Coping Strategies in Health (Music, Bibliotherapy etc)
  • Heath Information Management
  • Reporting Health Matters

Quality Education

  • Green Gamification: Making Sustainability Fun in the Organization and in the Classroom
  • E-Learning: Models, Trends and Challenges
  • Information and Digital Literacy as Catalysts for Development
  • Trends in Educational Book Publishing
  • Libraries Supporting Education
  • Reading as Development

Gender Equality

  • Awareness of Rights and Rights Realisation
  • Communication of Abuses
  • Gender Mainstreaming in Information Organisations
  • Communication to Support Women in Politics
  • Supporting Male Voices

Reduced Inequalities

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Language as a tool for Enhancing Understanding in Development Programmes
  • Provision of Information to People Living with Disabilities and those in Confinement
  • Knowledge about New and Emerging Forms of Disability
  • Social Inclusion in Libraries, Museums, Archives, Publishing and Media Houses
  • Role of the Media in Reducing Inequalities

Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Knowledge Services for Local Government
  • Ecocities
  • Clean Water and Sanitation Services
  • Green Energy Solutions
  • Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure

Responsible Production and Consumption

  • Role of Agricultural and Geographic Information Systems
  • Information, Knowledge and Communication as Critical Ingredients
  • Content Development and Dissemination
  • Community Capital Development
  • Mobile Technologies in Agriculture

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

  • Information Services for Legislators
  • Open Government/ Open Governance
  • Information Rights and Freedoms (including Media Policies)
  • Social Media’s Impact in Promoting and Sustaining Development
  • Surveillance Systems
  • Corruption


  • provide data and evidence on the impact of information, knowledge and communication in developmental projects and programmes;
  • enable participants and presenters to reflect on how to incorporate information, knowledge, communication and technology in development initiatives; and
  • promote the creation of linkages between communities, industry and commerce, local and central government, and civil society in order to collectively attend to social and economic challenges.

Who should attend?

Academics, Researchers, Exhibitors, Authors, Donor Agencies, Knowledge Brokers, Media Experts, Records and Archival Experts, Librarians, Publishers and other Book Industry Experts, Information Scientists, Students, Curators and Archaeologists, NGOs, Local and Central Government Employees, Business and Industry Representatives, Civil Society and Other Interested Parties

Click to view Guidelines on Submission of Abstracts and Full Papers

Guidelines on Submission of Abstracts and Full Papers

We are inviting abstracts of poster and paper presentations aligned to the main theme and sub-themes of this conference.

  1. Abstracts (with a maximum of 350 words) on the main and sub-themes must be formatted to font size 12 in Times New Roman and MS Word.
  2. The submission should indicate the following: Title of the Paper, Name of the Author(s) Institution/Affiliation, Email, Abstract, Keywords and Sub-theme in that order.
  3. Abstracts and full papers must be submitted electronically to Dr T. Matingwina on matingwina@nust.ac.zw and copied to Dr. T. Machimbidza on takawira.machimbidza@nust.ac.zw and Dr N. Pasipamire on notice.pasipamire@nust.ac.zw.
  4. The length of papers should be between 4000 and 6000 words including references. We strongly recommend that all citation and referencing be done using the Harvard style.
  5. Papers will be subjected to Peer Review. The Conference Committee reserves the right to select papers and posters for presentation.
  6. All accepted and presented papers will be published in the Southern African Journal for Communication and Information Science (SAJCIS).
  7. Enquiries about proposed workshops and exhibitions should be directed to Ms D. B. Mupambwa on mupambwa@nust.ac.zw and Mr E. Mupaikwa on elisha.mupaikwa@nust.ac.zw.



The Conference will be held the A’Zambezi River Lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Travelling and Visa Requirements

Participants should make their own travel arrangements. Most SADC residents do not require entry VISA to travel to Zimbabwe. Others are expected to apply in good time to the Zimbabwean embassy in their respective countries. For more information, to determine your visa requirements you are advised to visit: https://www.evisa.gov.zw/services/conferencing


Participants are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements. Information pertaining to alternative accommodation in Victoria Falls will be available soon. 

NB: All queries regarding the conference preparations, payments and travel should be addressed to Dr T. Matingwina on thomas.matingwina@nust.ac.zw. Kindly copy all communication to Mrs V. Kuzipa on vigilance.kuzipa@nust.ac.zw.