The Symposium Task Team (STT) is pleased to call for submission of abstracts for the 2024 Eswatini Strengthening Research and Innovation Management (SRIM) II Symposium to be held on the 19th – 20th June 2024 at Happy Valley Hotel in Ezulwini, Eswatini.


Eswatini is a participant in the Strengthening Research and Innovation Management (SRIM) II Programme which is partly sponsored by the South Africa Department of Science and Innovation and SADC Secretariat and implemented by the Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). The overarching goal of the SRIM II programme is to support, facilitate and promote management of science, technology and innovation (STI) at institutional, national and regional levels for socio-economic value and wealth creation. The SRIM II key objectives include:

  • Promoting connection and cooperation between R&I management practitioners,institutions and other role players within the SADC R & I ecosystem.
  • Advancing R & I management and strengthening the professional and technical skills and capacity of institutions and practitioners in the SADC region.
  • Developing knowledge outputs and resources for better coordination and support of the R&I ecosystem in the region.

The symposium seeks to create awareness on the role of research and innovation (R&I) management in supporting and accelerating impactful multidisciplinary research endeavours while advocating for the establishment of dedicated research and innovation management system in national tertiary institutions. The theme of the conference is therefore “The role of Research and Innovation Management in Accelerating Inclusive Multidisciplinary Research and Promoting Research Impact.” In today’s fast-paced and increasingly interconnected world, the need for collaborative and inclusive research efforts has never been more important. Research and innovation management play a critical role in accelerating inclusive research and promoting research impact. As we continue to work towards a more sustainable, equitable, and innovative future, the role of research and innovation management will remain crucial in supporting and accelerating impactful research endeavours.

Who can participate

R&I management practitioners, researchers, innovators, industry and policy makers in Eswatini and SADC. A total of 150 participants will attend the symposium in-person and the remaining will join online. The event will also be live streamed to an online audience through SARIMA and social media platforms of participating institutions.