Dilla University


Panel-01: Basic and Applied Science for Development

Researches from the department of Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Health and Physical Education, and Biology will be presented under this theme. Basic and applied research isfundamental, investigative in nature. It could be theoretical or experimental,that advances knowledge and visualize development through practical applications. Moreover, Basic and applied research researches are used to answer specific questions that have direct applications to the society. The integration of basic and applied research is crucial to problem solving, innovation and development of products and processes.

Basic and Applied Science researches focusing on any of the sub-themes listed below should be submitted under Panel-o1.

  • Mathematical Research in Modeling and other areas

  • Chemistry and Material Science

  • Health and Physical Education

  • Biodiversity Conservation and Human Welfares

  • Bioinformatics and Computational Science

  • Medical and Agricultural Entomology

  • Industrial and Economic mineral exploration and valuation

  • Ground water and Geological resource Assessments

  • Nuclear techniques and Radio-analytical Chemistry

  • Mining and its environmental Impact management

  • Biotechnology and Tissue culture

  • Nano Technology

  • Statistical models and applications for development

  • Application of Remote Sensing for Conservation of Natural Resources

  • Environmental Management and Climate Change

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

AbrehamAssefa (PhD) – College V/Dean for Research and Postgraduate Programs

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Panel 02: Business, Governance and Development

Economic development has been the primary goal of all developing countries. The quest for development in the developing countries has remained incessant. Despite the endeavors made by governments, international development partners and global donors, achieving economic development has remained elusive. As one of the developing countries, Ethiopia has been facing the challenge of development despite the economic growth registered over the past decade. Recently, it is widely recognized that the overall business environment and governance systems play an important role in determining the pace and process of economic growth and development. Sound business environment can serve as an instrument for capital accumulation, and increasing production and productivity which are essential for the overall growth and development. In the meantime, creating sound business environment and achieving development needs efficient governance built on accountability of political leaders and operative institutions at different tiers of government. Understanding inter-relationship among Business, Governance and Development is quite complex and very important too. Thus, this panel would enable us in furthering our understanding of these complexities involved. The purpose of the panel is to organize a platform to generate and disseminate knowledge and share global, regional, national and local experiences on the issue ofBusiness, Governance and Developmenton the following sub-themes:

  1. Structural Transformation, Inclusive Developmental and Development Policies

  2. Leadership, Governance and Public Sector Reform

  3. Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

  4. Supply Chain, Custom Clearance and Port Management

  5. Trade, Tax Administration and Corporate Governance

We cordially invites papers for above mentioned themes from interested academicians, researchers, experts, private sector industry managers and public sector managers to present their researches on the panel.

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Mr. KiflieWorku, College V/Dean for Research and Postgraduate Programs

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Panel 03:- Constitutionalism, Federalism and Self Determination

Constitutionalism and Federalism are the two ways that are embedded into a country's way. Through federalism, states and federal governments are created through laws created restrictions on both parts of government to ensure that they function properly together. Federalism gives a country solid frame to grow.  Constitutionalism represents complex ideas, attributes and patterns of behavior that government derives from its people. Ethiopia created a document accessible to all, the constitution, which lays out how Ethiopian government will function and be set up. However, Ethiopia's federal system becomes more of questionable on its legitimacy due to increasing issues of self determination in different parts of the country. This problem makes the country's fate of existence as a strong and united Ethiopia questionable. To solve this stake, it requires scientific problem solving approach than pushing the problem to political game. To do so the role of academicians, researchers and research institutes is very vital. Thus the objective of this panel is to organize a platform and come up with a possible well researched solution to the current complex of the country i.e. constitutionalism, federalism and self determination issues. 

So collage of Law and Governance studies calls for paper and well comes research papers on the following details;-

  • constitutionalism and Human right

  • Federalism and self determination

  • Ethnic conflict

  • Democracy and rule of law

  • Election law 

  • Investment and corporate liability.

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Mr. Dejen Alamirew – College V/Dean for Research and Postgraduate Programs

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Panel 04: Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

Energy and environment are co-related in the technological and scientific aspects including energy conservation, and the interaction of energy forms and systems with the physical environment. An efficient, secure, resilient and affordable energy supply is critical to our economic future. This theme focuses on the research needs of strategic direction in the EERC plan, which contributes to tackling environmental change and increasing energy resilience. The most important aspect of this theme is increasing our understanding of how to deliver the two priorities identified in strategic direction of Energy and Environment Research Center (EERC):

  • Renewable Energy Production, and efficiency

  • Sustainable Energy, Climate Change and Ecosystem

  • Environmental Technology

  • Waste to resource technology

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Achenef Tigabu (PhD) – Center Director

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Panel 05: Engineering and Technology Transfer

In General both Engineering and Technology affect society and human life. It is through the use of Engineering and Technology that a nation makes use of its natural resources. These two are indispensable for growth of infrastructure and economic development of any nation. Leaps in science, engineering and technology help in advancement and betterment of human life and are invaluable in saving humanity from many natural and man-made disasters as well. The objective of this panel is to transfer knowledge and share experiences among the academic staffs and also to create a bridge between the academician and other stakeholders. Therefore transferring (disseminating) those technologies from the places and in groups of its origination to wider distribution among more people and places is the goal of this panel. Finally, we are very welcome to accept any paper which will focus on the panel sub theme and also which will add value for our academic staffs.

  1. Machine learning, Computer vision, Image and signal processing:

Artificial intelligence and machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery, image classification, compressed sensing, digital image forensics, medical image processing / medical imaging, brain-computer interface.

  1. Network and Computer security:

Communication quality of service , Security, Privacy and Cryptography , Embedded Device/system Security, Fraud Detection and Security, Cyber security and security of data in Internet of Things (IoT), Malware Detection, Security in Telecommunication Network, E-Voting security.

  1. Water resource and hydropower:

Ground water potential assessment, Waste water management, Water supply and sanitation, Hydropower and renewable energy, Mini hydropower, Irrigation and drainage, integrated water resource management and climate variability.

  1. Architectural heritage & modern construction engineering:

Restoration of heritage in Ethiopia, modern construction in Ethiopia, ground improvement methods, self-compacting and curing concrete, low cost housing and urban beautifications, safety and accident prevention, infrastructure and facility management, urban drainage design and construction, gravel road dust control mechanism.

  1. Machine design and alternative energy:

Thermal energy, Biodiesel fuel production, Engine performance, Manufacturing technology, Coffee washing and drying machine, Solar and adsorption refrigerator, and Equivalent power back up system for the existing power system.

  1. Food technology and processing plant:

Edible oil production technology, Enset processing, food aesthetics, food storage.

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Mrs. Netsanet Admasu– College V/Director for Research and Postgraduate Programs

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Panel 06: Health, Medicine and Nutrition

Regarding the trend in current health problems, there is significant demographic change in the age and diversity of the population, the shifting epidemiology of disease from acute to chronic illness, and the explosion in technologies that have public health implication. In line with this, the broader context of public health and medical practices have been undergoing a radical transformation. To sustain and advance in this public health transformation, evidence based decisions relying on the real contexts of the local and global situations are needed. The main sources for the evidences for public health decision making is the research outputs. Taking into consideration this realities, Dilla University College of health sciences and medicine was planned to create a discussion platform for scholars through organizing a national conference. On the conference, research papers conducted on health sciences, medical practices and nutritional issues which have significant public health implication for improvement of health will be accepted for presentation.

These major subtheme will be organized by College of Health Sciences and Medicine and Food and Nutrition Center. Under this major subtheme papers conducted in all areas of medicine and public health including nutrition and food security and food safety will be entertained.

Objective of the conference under this subtheme:

  • To create inter-scholars research skill exchange platform for researchers across the country

  • To create a dissemination opportunity for research findings that have critical public health importance and decision making implication for the stakeholders of public health.

  • To synthesize policy implication recommendations from the presented papers for public health transformation

Under this Major Subtheme the conference areas of focus are the following

  • MCH, and Adolescents Reproductive Health and Rights

    • Under this subtheme research findings of major public health importance on maternal health, child health and adolescent reproductive health will be considered.

  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases

    • Communicable and non-communicable diseases are the major public health challenges that made developing country to be with double burden of diseases. Taking this into consideration, research findings on communicable and non-communicable diseases of significant public health concern that have policy implication will be accepted under this subtheme.

  • Emergency Medicine and Public Health Emergencies

    • To contribute for the establishment of evidence based strong and effective public health and medical emergency management system research findings focusing on public health and medical emergencies such as trauma, surgical procedures, outbreaks and other emergencies of public health concerns will be entertained

  • Pharmaceutical studies and Traditional Medicine

    • Under this subtheme research out puts on antibiotic challenges, drug therapy problems, traditional medicine and other related issues will be focused

  • Health system response and Service Delivery system

    • Research works on health data management, utilization and dissemination including HMIS, and other recording system of health information will be entertained

  • Nutritional problems and Food Safety

    • Though there are remarkable achievements with respect to nutritional health, there are still a significant challenge of alleviating nutritional problems in Ethiopia. To contribute for the management of this problems, research findings with valuable contribution for the alleviation of nutritional problems and particularly on under five and maternal nutritional problems will be accepted under this subtheme. In addition papers conducted on food safety and nutrition and food security will be accepted.

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Mr. Mohammed Feyisso – College V/Director for Research and Postgraduate Programs

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Panel 07:Inter-ethnic Relations, Roles of Indigenous Institutions, and Peace-building

Ethiopia hosts over eighty ethnic groups which have been interacting for many centuries. The interactions may be positive or negative and at time violent, causingserious social unrests. Each ethnic group has its own local institutions that play a crucial role in maintaining and restoring peace within and beyond the ethnic group. Furthermore, contact with the state shaped the nature of relations between ethnic groups, and between state and the ethnic groups. The post-1991 political landscape in Ethiopia has even further reshaped such relations: the new constitution has opened new spaces for ethnic groups to exercise the rights of self-governance, local development, etc. As a result, we witness the dynamics of ethnic-relations being rougher and more complex. At the same time, thestate responses have kept changing in accordance with the nature of the dynamics on the ground, and the indigenous institutions meant to support the state’s peace-building processes are weakening from time to time because the government uses them only when it wants.

Dilla University is organizing its 9th National Research Conference under the theme “Innovative Research for National Development”. Within this grand conference theme, the Institute of Indigenous Studies plans to organize a panel under the theme “Inter-ethnic relations, roles of indigenous institutions and peace-building”.The main objective of this panel is to explore the dynamics of enter-ethnic relations and the roles of indigenous institutions in peace-building in contemporary Ethiopia. The research findings are expected to provide insights that would attract the attention of the academia, policy makers and other stakeholders. To that end, we seek papers that deal with ethnic-based governance and inter-ethnic relations, the quest for self-governance and state responses, and social unrests and the roles of indigenous institutions in peace-building processes.

1. Ethnic-based governance and inter-ethnic relations

Impacts of ethnic-based governance on co-existence; challenges and opportunities of inter-ethnic relations in the context of ethnic-based governance; ethnic-based governance and development

2. Quest for self-governance and state responses

Quest for identity recognition, quest for self-governance, state policy and responses

3. Social unrests, roles of indigenous institutions, peace-building

Social unrests, displacement, despair, actors and their roles in instigating social unrest; roles of indigenous institution in peace-building

For further queries regarding this panel, please, never hesitate to contact:

Mr. Yetebarek Hizekeal, Acting Director of the Institute of Indigenous Studies

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Panel 08: Language, Society and Culture

As ever before, issues of language, culture and society are very important and need to be addressed scientifically as the understanding of these issues enhance mutual understanding, tolerance and respect among peoples of different cultures. As a result, studies in these fields play a pivotal role in advancing our understanding of the relationship among the three issues: language, culture and society. Hence, the panel needs the contribution of researchers in these fields to promote cultural values that contributes to national harmony , the role of language in promoting these cultural values and the use of media in society to raise public awareness.

The objectives of the panel include:

  • Creating conducive environment for researchers in these fields to come together and share their research experiences and findings.

  • Encouraging researchers to produce quality research out puts that can help policy makers in the areas of culture, peace and security, language education , tourism, and media usage.

  • Encouraging inter/multidisciplinary research in the fields of social sciences and humanities since issues in these fields need to be addressed from different perspectives.

We will therefore, accept papers that focus on issues of language, culture and society in the Ethiopian context that relate to the following sub-themes.

  1. New media and social change

New media usage vs social change in Ethiopia, the pros and cons of new media usage and ways to use them to promote social and national harmony

  1. Cushitic morphology and Phonology

Morphology of Eastern Cushitic, High Land Cushitic and their phonology

  1. Culture, Globalization and political culture

The impact of globalization on indigenous cultures and ways to preserve them, impact of globalization on political culture, the role of media in mitigating adverse effects of globalization

  1. Peace and security

The role of culture in promoting peace, the role of media in enhancing peace and security

  1. Dynamics of social values and cultural relativism

The nature of social values, cultural relativism and social change

  1. Democratization and political Culture

Political culture and its relevance to social change, democratization and the role of political culture, media and democratization

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Engida Zewdie (PhD) – College V/Dean for Research and Postgraduate Programs

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Panel 09: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Agricultural sector have a tremendous potential for the sustainable developments and food security of the developing countries. For purpose to accomplished and utilize this potential there is a need to properly utilize and manage agriculture and natural resources. Agriculture and Natural resources management refers to the management of agriculture and natural resources such as agriculture, land, water, soil, biodiversity, with a particular focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations. Using appropriate and cutting edge technologies for the efficient and effective utilization of the agricultural sector is important for our sustainability and food security. There is a growing awareness that our sustainable development and food security depends on how, proper utilization, management and policy of agriculture and renewable biological resources we address which now require interdisciplinary approaches including natural and social sciences. Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security will inform the most recent findings for agricultural sector. Developing location specific, cost effective, eco-friendly agricultural practices, conservation and management technologies for higher input use efficiency, agricultural productivity & profitability without deteriorating natural resource base is essential for Sustainable Agricultural development that contribute to current and future food security and nutrition.


  • Livestock production and climate change

  • Agriculture and Food Security

  • Plant protection

  • Crop Improvement in Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change

  • Natural resource conservation and utility frameworks

  • Watershed management for sustainable resource used facilities

  • Socioeconomic and environmental threats of land use/cover and land dynamics

  • Soil Fertility Management and Fertilizers

  • Soil resources and values in agricultural development

  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics

  • Rural development and agricultural economics

If you have, any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Negussie Zeray (PhD) - College V/Dean for Research and Postgraduate Programs

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Panel ID10: Women, Children and Youth

In Ethiopia, women, children and young people are at the center of societal transformations. Their wellbeing and welfare has come, in large measure, to characterize the country’s development, and improving these indicators have been a cause of great concern nationwide. Despite progress that has been made, poverty reduction remains a crucial development agenda and manifest inequalities persist having detrimental effects on women, children and youth. Improving the lives of women, children and youth demand appropriate policy directions, which in itself demands inclusive research based knowledge. However, we know remarkably little about the lives of women, children and youth; a gap that we continue to fill. The objective of this particular panel is to unearth the complex socio-economic, cultural and political environments in which women, children and young people live and their struggles to shape these environments. We seek contributions that dislodge the dominant discourse surrounding the lives of women, children and young people and theorize how women, children and young people contribute to the reconfiguration of the social, economic, cultural, and political dynamics unfolding in their societies. How do women, children and young people engaged in the social, economic, cultural and political life of their societies? How do women, children and young people make sense of their daily lives? We also welcome papers that push the boundary of knowledge regarding how women, children and young people negotiate their roles and envision their futures. We will accept papers that focus on Ethiopia and relate to the following issues:

  1. Migration, Livelihoods and Development

Migration of children, migration of youth, migration and human development, urban livelihoods and development, migration, agriculture and rural development, livelihoods and social change,

  1. Child Work/labor, Education, and Policy

Child work and labor, children and education, child trafficking, combining work and education, children, and poverty, children’s resilience, free primary education and policy, parent engagement in children's learning, early childhood education and policies

  1. Young People, Sexuality, Health and Wellbeing

Child and early marriage, HIV/AIDS, care for orphan, children affected by HIV/AIDS and vulnerable groups,alcohol, illicit drug use, unsafe sex practices and unwanted pregnancy,reproductive health care and wellbeing, sexuality education

  1. Gender, Household Reproduction and Human Rights

The practice of gender equality, child and women rights, women and household reproduction, family planning and gender relations, feminization of poverty, education and child rights,

If you have any queries regarding this panel, please never hesitate to contact:

Daniel Gebretsadik, PhD – Center Director

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