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.
Ethical Research Workshop - 25/08/2014
On 18 August 2014, Professor Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at UP, hosted a seminar focusing on ethically responsible research. The theme of the seminar was ‘Human research participants and the ethically responsible advancement of science’. A paper was presented at the event by Dr Felice J Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association.
Two UP staff members elected to SABCP board - 25/08/2014
Two staff members from UP’s Department of Pharmacology have been elected to the board of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). Prof Vanessa Steenkamp, who currently oversees the Phytomedicine unit in the department, was elected as Vice-President of the society and Dr André Marais, a senior lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, was elected as treasurer.
Is SA business ready for the 21st century? - 22/08/2014
Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti, the director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria, commented on the Corporate Governance Index 2014 recently released by the Centre in partnership with the Institute of Internal Auditors of South Africa, saying that it provides a worrying snapshot of the state of business performance in our country. The Index finds that the leadership skills, accountability and overall conduct of public and private corporations have worsened over the past year.
Celebrating 15 years of music therapy training at UP - 21/08/2014
On Saturday 16 August the Music Therapy Unit of the Department of Music hosted a vibrant celebration to showcase the work of current students, past graduates and staff members. This event was held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Music Therapy training at the University of Pretoria. The UP MMus (Music Therapy) training programme is the only master’s training programme of its kind on the African continent.
UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field - 21/08/2014
Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology's (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.