Following the grand success of the 1st NRN Global Knowledge Convention 2018 in Kathmandu, Non-Resident Nepali Association is organizing the next episode in the series, 2nd NRN Global Knowledge Convention, on 09-11 October 2020 in Kathmandu University, Nepal. The series of these conventions aimsto bring together experts of various disciplines from Nepal, Nepali diaspora and international scientific communities to explore Nepal’s needs for expertise to help the country move towards knowledge-based economy. Similar to the first convention, the second convention will be organized in partnership with the Government of Nepal (GoN), and in collaboration with Nepal’s education & research institutions, private sectors and other stakeholders. In addition, the second convention is endeavored to expand its horizon in all possible dimensions along with the realization of the new context brought by the unprecedented pandemic. We openly invite all new interested supporters to explore the possibility of active collaboration and participation.

The convention will use Sustainable Development Goals set by United Nations and 15th five-year plan of National Planning Commission of Nepal to shape its objectives and goals. In the current context of COVID-19 pandemic, the convention will discuss its socio-economic impact on Diaspora and resident Nepali, and challenges and opportunities it brought in Nepal and around the world. The convention has reached out to Nepali stakeholders (GoN, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, National Planning Commission, National Academy of Science and Technology, Universities, Alumni Association, Research Centers, International Organizations, Private Sectors, Industries, Startups and Innovators) to understand areas of collaborations and interest.

Amid the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the convention will be organized in a hybrid model. For participants who cannot attend the convention in-person, it can be attended via online.
The focus of the convention will be guided by four overarching themes:
– In-house Innovation for Societal Changes
– Science, Technology & Innovation Policy
– Startups and Commercialization
– Digitalized Economy

The convention will cover the following broader topical areas:
– Emerging Science and Technology (Natural Sciences, Life and Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Engineering, Information Science and Technology, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence)
– Public Safety (Environment and Climate Change, Road Safety, Pandemic and Natural Disaster Risk Management)
– Education and Social Sciences (Vocational Education, Good Governance, Women Equality & Youth Empowerment)
– Knowledge-based Economy (Finance, Investment, Innovation and Start-ups, IP Protection
Centered around these subject areas, the conference will be organized in three parts:

Inauguration, Plenary & Symposium sessions. The inaugural session will feature the keynote speeches from internationally recognized experts on science and technology (S&T) research and, policy formation and implementation. High profile global experts who have played a key role in the field of S&T development and technology transfer, and made significant contributions to their country’s economic transformation will address plenary sessions.

Important Deadlines

Abstract submissions open:

01 August 2020

Abstract submission deadline:

04 September 2020

Notification of acceptance of abstract:

14 September 2020

Registration from:

01 September 2020