Mali Symposium on Applied Sciences

Bamako, August 2 - 5, 2004


The third Mali Symposium on Applied Sciences (MSAS'2004) will be held at the University of Bamako from Monday 2 to Thursday 5, August 2004. The conference will be open to students, to researchers in industry and in the academy and will enable engineers and scientists to present their research findings. The conference will cover applied sciences in a broad sense.

Scientific topics :

  1. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
  2. Information and Communication Technologies
  3. Engineering Sciences
  4. Environmental Sciences
  5. Agriculture, Livestock Management and Rural Development
  6. Mechanical and Civil Engineering Applications
  7. Medicine, Life Sciences and Public Health
  8. Economics and Finance
  9. Social Sciences
  1. Note : One assumes that agriculture includes both farming and animal husbandry (livestock).
The symposium will be divided into two events : Mini-symposia (organized by scientific disciplines) and Special Workshop sessions. These events will be coordinated to provide a comprehensive and well-balanced program.

The goal of the Special Workshops is to stress interactive and open discussions in preference to sequential presentations. It should bring together a group of knowlaedgeable people focusing on current or potential 'hot topic' of interest to our society.

Mini-symposia provide a format for a focused exploration of particular issues or techniques within a more traditional presentation framework ; in these cases too, adequate time should be reserved for questions and general discussion. Each mini-symposium consists of an invited introductionary 50-minutes tutorial, in addition to contributed papers presented. Presentations will be in the form of presented papers and/or poster displays.

Abstract and Scientific Program :

Participants to the mini-symposia should send (by e-mail) an abstract of their paper by indicating the title of the presentation, the complete address of the corresponding author (name, mailing address, fax, telephone and e-mail), keywords and scientific subject to the address below. The summary, which should not exceed one page, has to clearly and concisely explain the approach and the results of the research, and present a compelling case since it forms the basis for the acceptance or rejection of the paper. The accepted authors will receive instructions for the submission of their complete paper and a final summary of 300 words. These summaries will be published (in an abstract booklet) and available at the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 15, 2004. An announcement of acceptance/rejection will be sent on February 15, 2004. The scientific committee will evaluate all submitted abstracts and decide which ones will be given as oral presentations or presented as posters. Each day will start with a lecture from a member of the scientific committee or a plenary speaker invited by the scientific committee. Proceedings including all abstracts and full texts will be published.

The workshops will be organized on proposition basis. To propose a workshop, please submit the following information to the MSAS Executive Committee at the address below :
(1) the name(s) of the organizer(s) ;
(2) the title of the workshop ;
(3) a description of the subject matter indicating clearly the relevance to the society.
The descriptions of accepted workshops will appear on the MSAS'2004 web site as they are received. Attendees are encoraged to check this list and to contact the organizers of any workshops in which they are interested in participating.

In addition to recruiting participants and moderating discussion, workshop organizers should be prepared to submit a short report, summarizing the presentations and discussions, to the MSAS Director of Publication shortly after the conference. These reports will be included into the MSAS proceedings.

The organizers of a workshop should endeavor to bring together as braod a range of pertinent viewpoints as possible.

Registration fees : Their amount depends on the registration date :

  1. Registration before march 5, 2004 :
    Students living in Mali (proof required) : free of charge
    Participants living in Mali : 2000 FCFA
    Participants living in other African countries : 3000 FCFA (Students pay half)
    Other participants : 20 US Dollars or 20 Euros (Students pay half).
  2. Registration between mars 6, 2004 and mai 5, 2004 :
    Participants living in Mali : 3000 FCFA
    Participants living in other African countries : 5000 FCFA
    Other participants : 30 US Dollars or 30 Euros.
    Students pay half (proof required).
  3. Registration between mai 6, 2004 and august 1, 2004 :
    Participants living in Mali : 4000 FCFA
    Participants living in other African countries : 7000 FCFA
    Other participants : 40 US Dollars or 40 Euros..
    Students pay half (proof required).
  4. Registration after august 1, 2004 :
    Participants living in Mali : 5000 FCFA
    Participants living in other African countries : 10000 FCFA
    Other participants : 50 US Dollars or 50 Euros..
    Students pay half (proof required).

Lodging : Hotels and guest rooms will be made available in the area where MSAS 2004 will take place.

Scientific Committee : Prof. Diola Bagayoko (Southern University, USA; Director, The Timbuktu Academy), Prof. A. Bretaudeau (IPR/IFRA, Bamako, Mali), Prof. Dialla Konaté (Virginia Tech, USA), Prof. Harouna Maiga (University of Minnesota, USA), Prof. Daouda Sangaré (Université d'Abobo, RCI), Prof. A.K. Traoré (FMPOS/CNAM, Bamako, Mali).

International Steering Committee : Mohamed Ag Ayoya (Cornell University, USA), Doulaye Dembélé (IGBMC, Strasbourg, France), Abdoulaye Doucouré (Pall Corp., USA), Aliou Haidara (Mobilecom, Canada), Mohomodou Houssouba (Ecrivain, Basel, Suisse), Kadidia Konaré (USA), Ibrahima Ndiaye (WVU, Morgantown, USA) Fad Seydou (University of Oulu, Finland), Bakary Sylla (Ericsson, USA), A. K. Sylla (Sabre, Texas, USA), Boulel Touré (World Bank, Washington DC, USA), Djéneba Traoré (Mellon Bank, USA).

Local Steering Committee (MALI) : Comité Local d'Organisation (MALI) : Sinaly Dembélé (FAST, Mali), Mme Goundiam Maimouna Diakité (TOKTEN, Mali), Ouateni Diallo (FAST, Mali), Younouss H. Dicko (FAST, Mali), Seydou Houssouba (FSJE, Mali), Mohamed Sidda Maiga (FAST, Mali), Youssouf Sanogo (FAST, Mali), Sidi Bekaye Sokona (ENSUP, Mali), Adama Tolofoudyé (FAST, Mali), Omorou Zakaria Touré (ENA, Mali), Mahamadou Traoré (FAST, Mali), Pierre C. Sibiry Traoré (ICRISAT/IER, Mali).

Deadlines :

  1. January 15, 2004 : submission of abstracts
  2. February 15, 2004 : notification of acceptance/rejection to authors
  3. May 15, 2004 : final full version of the accepted papers

Additional Information : For further information, please check MSAS website at
or contact :

F. Seydou, Ph.D.
Researcher Scientist
University of Maryland, College Park & University of Oulu (Finland)
Tel : 358 40 778 35 34
e-mail: Fad Seydou

Last modification on September 2, 2003