Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fourth 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard

Tired of attending the same old conference? Why not join us March 20-22, 2016 for the Fourth 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard? The primary aim of the conference is to encourage and facilitate research initiatives that address the most pressing issues facing 21st century citizens. This truly interdisciplinary conference is driven by the theme “Impactful Research for Better Lives.”

We genuinely hope that conference participants embrace Gandhi's challenge to "shake the world" by harnessing the power of research, experience, and collaboration to present evidence-based solutions to real-world problems. Of course, real-world problems are complex and rarely fall within the tidy boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. As such, 21st Century Academic Forum conferences are not structured around narrowly defined topic tracks but are organized around six issues areas facing 21st century citizens.


* Education & Workforce Development
* Innovation & Entrepreneurship
* International Development
* Information Technology
* Energy & Environment
* Public Health


* Oral Presentation: 25 minutes

* Poster Presentation: 3 hours (held on March 21st from the a.m. coffee break through lunch)

* Absentee Presentation: For those who are unable to join us at Harvard, we offer the opportunity to participate as an Absentee Presenter. Absentee Presenters can upload a narrated presentation to our website, have her/his abstract printed in the Conference Program Book, and submit a Conference Proceedings paper.

* Non-Presenter (Listener): For those interested in attending to participate in the various presentation and skill workshop sessions.


We offer academic presentation and academic writing skills workshops for participants all day on March 20, 2016. The workshops provide participants an excellent opportunity to brush up on skills and learn with and from their fellow participants.



All papers that meet the 21st Century Academic Forum's Conference Proceedings guidelines will be published in our online Conference Proceedings (ISSN: 2330-1236). Papers must be submitted for possible inclusion in the Conference Proceedings by June 21, 2016.

We purposely set the deadline for papers three months following the conference with the rationale that authors should use the feedback they receive at the conference in crafting their final drafts of their paper.

The Conference Proceedings will be published on September 21, 2016. The editors of our peer-reviewed Journal of 21st Century Issues (ISSN: 2330-1244) select the best papers from the Conference Proceedings to appear in special thematic issues of the journal.


Submission of your abstract proposal (maximum of 3 submissions) should be made in English through our Online Submission System until the final deadline of February 19, 2016. The Conference Committee reviews abstract proposals on a rolling basis and authors will typically receive a decision within two weeks of your submission.


We are offering six conference fee waivers to individuals who agree to assist our team with various tasks throughout all three days of the conference. Preference will be given to those who are interested in a long-term relationship with the 21st Century Academic Forum, either as an editor or serving on our International Advisory Board. Please visit our website for more information on the conference fee waiver program.


We hope that you can join us for this truly international interdisciplinary conference at one of the top higher-education institutions in the world. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests.

Best regards,

21st Century Academic Forum team


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