Call for Papers

Access to Information Network - Africa (ATINA)

Empowering Africa's burgeoning population with access to demographic and development information - the world population explosion and access to the information needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Africa

Organised by the IFLA Special Interest Group Access to Information Network - Africa (ATINA/RAIA).


Proposals for papers must normally be submitted by e-mail. The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 March 2012, but earlier submission would be appreciated at any time after 15 February.

Paper proposals should be sent to:

Frank Kirkwood in Canada
E-mail:, with copies sent to
Denise Rosemary Nicholson in South Africa
E-mail:, and to
Abraham Azubuike

In the e-mail subject line please indicate: "ATINA Helsinki 2012 proposal".

Each proposal should include:

  • Abstract in English of approximately 250 words, summarizing the paper or other proposed program element (panel, exhibition, interactive discussion)
  • Speaker's name, professional affiliation, postal address, telephone numbers, e-mail address and brief biographical note.

The programme committee will respond to proposals beginning on 1 March and no later than 15 April 2012.

Papers may be submitted and delivered in English or in French. They should be no more than 4000 words in length, and should be submitted ready to publish. According to IFLA policy, reproductions of presentation slides may form part of the published paper, but a coherent text must link and explain the slides, with introduction, argument and conclusions.

The deadline for submitting accepted complete papers for publication in the conference proceedings is 15 May 2012, to the address indicated in the message of acceptance.


Authors must be prepared to give presentations in person at the open session in Helsinki. The length of the presentations should be approximately 20 minutes. Simultaneous translation will be available.


For additional questions, please contact:

Francis T. Kirkwood
Convenor, ATINA/RAIA
Kirkwood Professional
21A Broadway Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 2V4
Tel.: +1-613-296-5845


All proposals must be in before 31 March 2012.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 5 February 2012