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Frontiers of Research in Caribbean Science and Technology (FORECAST) Conference



In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the current steps being taken to mitigate its spread, the Faculty of Science and Technology, UWI, Mona and The Faculty of Sports and Science, UTech, Ja. have decided to postpone the staging of the FORECAST 2020 conference. Please check this website for any updates. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via email.

10 - 12


the University of the West Indies (Mona) and the University of Technology, jamaica

Science &

a D.R.I.V.E.R. of transformation
Students presenting at a previous conference
UWI Students presenting


FORECAST 2022 is the first joint conference of the Science Faculties of The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill, Mona and St Augustine) and the University of Technology, Jamaica. The theme of the conference is “Science and Technology: a D.R.I.V.E.R. of Transformation”.

The Conference, being the first of its kind, encompasses:

  • The 6th Faculty of Science and Technology Conference of The UWI, Cave Hill Campus
  • The 12th Faculty of Science and Technology Conference of The UWI, Mona Campus
  • The 1st  Faculty of Science and Technology Conference of The UWI, St. Augustine Campus
  • The 6th International Science Conference of the UTech, Ja.
  • The 2nd Student Grand Innovation Challenge
    (Student teams competing and presenting innovative scientific solutions to real Caribbean challenges related to management and use of water resources.)

The conference will highlight science and technology as a pillar for regional transformation through its provision of new thought, discourse and foundational knowledge and skills, as well as by driving innovation, entrepreneurship, and resilience in the pursuit of greater development.

Students, academics and professionals from tertiary institutions and the public and private sectors of the wider Caribbean and beyond, are invited to submit papers and posters detailing original scientific research findings of regional relevance. Presentations may be in any area of the medical, natural or social sciences and may cover pure or applied research, technological and scientific innovation, STEM policy and education, as well as industrial and developmental findings. Submissions highlighting interdisciplinary research are particularly encouraged.

Submissions are also invited from high and tertiary student teams for the 2nd Grand Innovation Challenge around the theme of Water.

The conference programme will include plenary lectures by invited experts, oral and poster presentations by participants, and conference prizes for best presentations.

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D.R.I.V.E.R of progress

// 2020
9 - 12



Abstract submissions are invited under any of the following subheadings. Click on each of letters below to see the full range of possible topics. Submission may be done using the Call for Abstracts link at the top of the page.

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Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Environmental Modelling and Simulation
Applications of Geographical and/or Environmental Information Systems
Smart cities, Sustainable transportation and Energy systems
Science, technology and Innovation in agriculture
New science for industries and industrial processes
Science & technologies for health and social welfare
Natural products & indigenous science
Artificial Intelligence & ICT for Development 
Big data, Privacy and Surveillance

Resilience and mitigation strategies

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Disaster modelling, simulation, information systems
Resilience & the built environment
Caribbean Climate change past and present – adaptation and mitigation science
Resilience partnerships/Multi-Actor Integration
Advances in Renewable Energy
ICT for resilience
Natural resource management & sustainable development science
Marine science and science of the blue economy
Privacy, data protection, surveillance and security
Water science

Innovation for productivity

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Examples of Caribbean innovations
Transforming Society with ICT Transforming education with technology
Artificial Intelligence; Robotics 
Developing and Deploying Assistive Technologies
Crop science and Technology
Establishing and Encouraging Multi-Sector Innovation Linkages
Bridging the divide – from science to innovation

Vision for greater harmony, efficiency and policy

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
STEM education and STEM societies
Science, Technology, Innovation, Research and Social Responsibility
Effective Governance of Innovation
Open Data: Possibilities for Science and Technology
Science Communication
Energy Politics
Science Ethics
Science, Technology & Gender

Entrepreneurship for empowerment, poverty alleviation and progress

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Innovations to Support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
Innovations in Financial Services for the Poor
Decision Making Using Science Data
Managing Forests and other Natural Resources for Poverty Reduction
Science & Technological Advances for Poverty Alleviation Risk Management

Renewal and Research as cornerstone of a progressive society

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Advances in Chemistry
Advances in Computing
Advances in the Environmental Sciences
Advances in Geography
Advances in Geology
Advances in the Health Sciences
Advances in the Life Sciences
Advances in Mathematics
Advances in Physics


April 14 - 16


2:15 pm

Globally, STEM scientists are the apex of novel innovation and cutting-edge research and development. While, patents are inextricably linked to innovation, research, and development, both undergraduate and graduate STEM students rarely invent, and those that do almost never invent twice. The thesis of this presentation is three-fold: (1) The understanding, value, benefits, and basics of intellectual property (IP) creation and invention are fundamentally missing in STEM curricula; (2) There are few (if any) incentives for STEM researchers to create and file patent applications within the University environment; and (3) Patent filling assistance programs (pro se) provide pro bono outreach and education to applicants. The key tenants of this presentation are reduced to practice as it relates to pro se patent filings of West Indies inspired invention to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2021 and 2022. Three examples of West Indies conceived and awarded IP by a lead inventor domiciled in Anguilla, BWI (Patent Nos. 10,934,168, 11,219,255, and 11,298,375). Further, a permanent patent filling, titled: “Innocuous Sterilant using Hemocyanin and Functionalized Fullerenes with Broad-Spectrum Intracellular and Interstitial Microbiocidal and Radical Scavenging Effects for Packaged Matter, Biologics and Organics including Liquids, Gases, Tissue, Organs, Cells, and Limbs with Copper Mediated Oxygenation for Viability and Preservation” is under review and awaiting a first office action offering broad evidence of origination of IP in the West Indies. As case studies for this presentation, two pieces of IP are examined: The permanent patent and a recently filed provisional application that teaches a minimally invasive and unassisted robotic surgical method for atomic scale manipulation of funtionalized nanoparticles to perform high precision “nano surgery”.

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