The European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) is the largest and most prestigious Information Systems (IS) conference in Europe. ECIS was first held at Henley-on-Thames in the UK in 1993, when Frank Land merged two initiatives to launch a European Conference for IS research. One was at Henley Management College; the other was inspired by the publication of the European Journal of Information Systems at the London School of Economics. The ECIS conference iwas held each year in a different European country.
With the formation of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) in 1994, ECIS was recognised as the Regional 2 AIS conference. AIS Region 2 includes Europe, Middle East and Africa. Today, ECIS is the leading conference for Region 2 researchers, with an average of 130 papers being presented every year. There is, however, also significant contribution from non-European countries, especially the U.S. and Australia.
A Standing Committee is responsible for selecting forthcoming ECIS venues and for ensuring the ongoing success of the ECIS conferences. The Standing Committee is chaired by Pat Finnegan. The AIS currently assists ECIS by sponsoring the Doctoral Consortium and assisting in its organisation. The Department of Informatics at the University of Pretoria is proud to be able to present such a prestigious conference in South Africa from the 6th to 9th of June 2010.
Please refer to PROCEEDINGS for all the final information as well as the proceedings distributed during the conference.
UP awarded status as MRC collaborative centre for malaria research - 30/10/2014
The Medical Research Council (MRC) invited higher education institutions, science councils and registered non-profit research organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to submit applications to become part of their new initiative, MRC Collaborating Centres for Malaria Research. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) recently received word that their application has been successful. The network of MRC collaborating centres for malaria research will collectively provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise efforts on malaria research to achieve common goals; and facilitate scientific collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.
Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.
UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.