Municipal Institute Of Learning

Important Dates:

Open Registration and Call for Expanded Summaries: 1 May 2019

Submission deadline for Expanded Summaries: 10 May 2019

Acceptance or Rejection Notification: 17 May 2019

Close of Registration: 17 May 2019

Submission Deadline for Final Presentations: 31 May 2019

Conference Date: 6-7 June 2019


 About the Research Symposium

EThekwini’s Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and its research aligned partners Durban University of Technology (DUT); Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC); Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT); University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); University of South Africa (UNISA); University of Zululand (UNIZULU) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have partnered to host the Research Symposium 2019. 

The water–energy–food nexus has become a popular, and potentially powerful, frame through which to analyse interactions and interdependencies between these three systems. Presenters must show research application within a local government context (City of Durban). Where relevant, research outputs must profile how residential and business communities and other strategic engagement partners were incorporated in the research, not as end-users but as engaged and process participants in working towards a shared vision. In profiling trans-disciplinary research outputs, this call for expanded summaries must demonstrate the extent to which applied research and collaborative projects, is deemed relevant or has the potential to make a local  impacts.


The objectives of the research symposium are;
  • To provide a platform for the release of and engagement with evidence-based research located within the nexus framework  
  • To identify opportunities for research deemed relevant and impactful within the nexus concept for applying them in public policy making  
  • To provide networking opportunities and cross- scale interaction to further strengthen collaboration between academia, industry and municipal practitioners in advancing the nexus framing
  • To profile knowledge products and show-case innovations, creativity and best practices within the broader conceptual framework

Please note that this is a closed event. Admission is strictly by invite only.



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