Assistant news editor, SciDev.Net
And so, three days of presentations and deliberations in beautiful Lausanne have come to an end.
Tech4Dev 2012 set out to boost the role of science and technology as an agent of social transformation and change.
It aimed to meet this formidable challenge by encouraging participants to share their experiences in the following areas: defining appropriate technologies that respond to social needs and realities; establishing cross-disciplinary partnerships; and improving technology transfer and supporting the co-creation of technologies.
Conference coordinator Nathalie Rizzotti said: “The aim was really to encourage dialogue among [different] disciplines in order that we reflect on how other knowledge, backgrounds, cultures and visions can support our work. We ended up with three intensive and very rich days full of many presentations, side events and debates”.
I had been looking forward to a finalised statement and the identification of 10 gaps and needs for field applications, both of which had been expected outcomes by the end of the three days.
However, Rizzotti said in the closing session: “For us it is too soon to really be able to summarise and realise all what emerged from the diversity of the participants. I think we all need to digest first … the amount of information that was exchanged here during these three days”.
She added that they hoped delegates would reflect in their everyday practice on the issues that had been discussed, and adapt what was presented to their own contexts and realities.
Arun Amirtham of renewable energy non-profit swissmango said the three days had been “tremendous”.
“It’s been inspiring – I’ve been able to tank energy into me from some of the keynote addresses we’ve had.”
“There have been examples of models that do work. It’s not easy – it requires perseverance, it requires stubborness to a certain extent. But it’s been very rewarding to see that there are models that do work.”
He urged the conference organisers to ensure that there is continuity. “How do we stay in touch? [We] need a little bit more prodding and facilitation … to keep us in touch with eachother.”
A summary and statement will be published on the conference website in a few weeks.
This blog post is part of our 2012 Tech4Dev International Conference coverage.