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.
First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
‘We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that.’ This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
Record number of post-graduate degrees for UP’s Class of 2013 - 16/04/2014
The Autumn 2014 graduation figures for the University of Pretoria (UP) confirm that the institution which last year was ranked among the Top 500 universities globally by the prestigious QS World Ranking of Universities, is on track to deliver on its vision of being a leading research-intensive university. A record 4214 post-graduate degrees are being awarded across its nine faculties and business school.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Study asks for ban on 4x4s in protected areas - 15/04/2014
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated, long term – between 5 and 1000 years - and mostly irreversible. Due to their negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.