The International Conference on Social Research & Innovation

Innovations for Sustainability: Forging the Path Ahead

8-9 June 2024
Villa College, QI Campus

Countdown to ICSRI


Abstract Submission Deadline


Paper Submission Deadline


Conference Theme
The International Conference on Social Research and Innovation (ICSRI) is an annual research conference organised and hosted by the Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI), Villa College in Male’, Maldives. The two-day conference aims to provide a platform for participants from diverse backgrounds, whether in academia, industry, or civil society, to share their knowledge and experiences on the multifaceted aspects on social innovation. The conference will provide a platform for dialogue and collaboration to address the most critical challenges, from climate change and resource management to social equity and responsible technology adoption.

Keynote Speakers

The International Conference on Social Research and Innovation showcases prominent keynote speakers and thought-provoking panel discussions, offering participants a valuable opportunity to acquire knowledge, establish connections, and delve into popular discourse within the industry. Both local and international experts from within the industry will present enlightening and interactive sessions and panel discussions.

Notable Dates

10 Mar


Abstract submission deadline

20 Apr


Abstract acceptance deadline

30 Apr


Early Bird Registration

02 May


Full Paper Submission deadline

11 May


Conference Registration Deadline

Conference Tracks

The International Conference on Social Research and Innovation invites students, academics, researchers, and experts from diverse backgrounds, including various agencies, colleges, universities, research institutions, as well as government and private sector professionals. We welcome your contributions, be it research findings, tactical strategies, technical innovations, cutting-edge technologies, or best practices that addresses the pressing need for groundbreaking solutions to the complex issues of our time. All submitted abstracts and papers will undergo a rigorous and impartial review and assessment process by our Evaluation Committee, comprising esteemed journal editors and domain experts. Successful authors will have the opportunity to present their papers at the conference as invited speakers.

Authors and presenters can select from a choice of eight thematic categories. We encourage you to thoroughly explore all the categories and choose the one that best aligns with your abstract's focus.


Policy, Law, and Governance

The "Policy, Law, and Governance" track is dedicated to exploring the intricate web of rules, regulations, and principles that shape our societies. This track delves into the realm of policymaking, legal frameworks, and governance structures, offering insightful discussions on the impact of these crucial elements on our world.


Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Industry

The "Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Industry" track is a dynamic forum that examines the intersection of innovation, financial strategies, and industrial trends. This track delves into the world of entrepreneurship, showcasing success stories, emerging opportunities, and the latest market dynamics.


Environment, Sustainability, and Development

The "Environment, Sustainability, and Development" track is a vital platform for discussing the pressing global issues of our time. This track focuses on the critical themes of environmental protection, sustainable practices, and the broader goals of global development.


Human Rights, Gender, and Society

The "Human Rights, Gender, and Society" track is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the essential principles of human rights and the multifaceted dynamics of gender in our societies. This track explores the intersection of these critical themes, offering discussions on equity, social justice, and empowerment.


Education, Language, and Skill Development

The "Education, Language, and Skill Development" track is a dedicated platform for educators, linguists, and skill development experts to explore the ever-evolving landscape of learning and personal growth. This track delves into innovative teaching methodologies, language acquisition, and skill enhancement strategies.


Health, Nursing, and Social Work

The "Health, Nursing, and Social Work" track is a vital space where professionals from these interrelated fields converge to address critical healthcare and social well-being issues. This track delves into the latest advancements in healthcare practices, nursing techniques, and social work strategies.


Psychology, Lifestyle, and Wellbeing

The "Psychology, Lifestyle, and Wellbeing" conference track delves into the intricate connections between human behavior, personal choices, and overall quality of life. This track explores the latest research in psychology, lifestyle choices, and strategies for enhancing well-being.


Engineering, Technology, and Innovation

The "Engineering, Technology, and Innovation" conference track is a dynamic arena for exploring cutting-edge advancements and breakthroughs in the world of engineering and technology. This track showcases innovative solutions, technological trends, and engineering marvels that are shaping our future.

Panel Discussion

ICSRI 2024 presents five engaging panel discussion that delves deep into the trending and popular topics that are currently shaping the industry's discourse. Expert panelists will provide valuable insights, diverse perspectives, and thought-provoking analyses on the most relevant subjects of the moment.

Guides & Templates

Pre-Conference Workshops

Mastering Abstract Writing

Dates to be identified

Crafting Compelling Conference Presentations

Dates to be identified

Manuscript Writing and Publishing

Dates to be identified

Conference Registration fees

Take advantage of early bird offer and get more than 20% off from the normal registration fee.


VC Students

Early Bird Registration

MVR 250

Regular Registration

Till 01 Jan 2024

MVR 300

Villa College/VIHS Staff

Early Bird Registration


Regular Registration

Till 01 Jan 2024


Local/permit holders

Early Bird Registration

MVR 600

Regular Registration

Till 01 Jan 2024

MVR 775

International (USD)

Early Bird Registration

USD 125

Regular Registration

Till 01 Jan 2024

USD 175

Local Students

Early Bird Registration

MVR 450

Regular Registration

Till 01 Jan 2024

MVR 500

Travel Info

Do I need visa to Maldives?

To enter Maldives no pre-arrival visa is required. A thirty day free visa is issued on arrival for all Nationalities, provided: Should posses a valid passport with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) -(standard ICAO Annex 9, chapter 3.10.1) and should have at least 6 months validity. Have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives Have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel

Where can I get ferries to go city?

If you have booked with a tour company such as Secret Paradise or with a hotel, guesthouse or resort it is likely that you will have provided them with your flight arrival details. If this is the case then it is usual for them to send a representative to meet with you at the arrival gate. They will then take care of your onward transfer meaning less hassle for you!

The opening of the Sinamale Bridge at the end of August 2018, linking Male with Hulhule Island and Hulhumale, has brought about a number of changes to transfer choices to and from the airport. It is now possible to take a private taxi to Hulhumale or Male from the taxi rank directly outside the arrival area. Note that vehicles are currently not allowed to wait but from our experience there appears to be a steady stream of vehicles so you should not have to wait long. Charges are likely to fluctuate as this new airport services settles down. Expect to pay around 100MVR to reach Hulhumale and 150MVR to reach Male, which also entails crossing the bridge!

To reach Male independently you can also choose to take the Airport Express Speedboat, the charge is MRF30 or US$2 for a one way transfer per person, leaving every 15 minutes. There is also the airport public ferry, charge MRF10 or US$1 per person one way, leaving every 10 minutes. Both leave from the new water front jetty, beneath the waterfront food court and opposite the domestic terminal.

What currency is accepted in Maldives?

Maldivian Rufiyaa
The Maldives has a non-convertible currency – Maldivian Rufiyaa – this cannot be purchased beforehand. One Rufiyaa is 100 Laari and is available in 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 Rufiyaa notes. The US Dollar is accepted as legal tender throughout the Maldives.

What is the exchange rate of Maldivian Ruffiyya to USD?

One US Dollar is equivalent to 15.42 Rufiyaa. However, the exchange rate offered on US$1 and US$5 notes by local businesses may be lower. This is because there is a 3% handling charge made by the bank on the deposit of US$ notes of US$5 or less.

Where can I exchange my cash?

You can exchange your cash both arrival and departure terminal. At the Arrival terminal you will see an exchange counter just before the exit at the left-hand side of the exit gate. The exchange counter at the departure is located at the duty free area opposite to dome cafe' on the way to Prier Bridge.

What is the time difference?

The Maldives is 5 hours ahead of the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). To offer holiday makers the optimum use of the tropical sun most resorts have their clocks put forward one hour to GMT+6.


Best Presenter Award


A researcher/industry expert/individual at the master's level who possesses a solid foundation in their field. While equipped with research experience, they are in the early stages of building their scholarly identity.

Career Researcher

A researcher/industry expert/individual at the Ph.D. level, in the early stages of their career, who has achieved a significant milestone in academic attainment. Recognized for their potential and early accomplishments, these researchers demonstrate a commitment to advancing knowledge and making a lasting impact in their chosen area of expertise.

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award is a prestigious accolade presented to the most outstanding contribution among full-paper submissions. This distinction recognizes a submission that demonstrates exemplary research, innovation, and scholarly impact. The winning paper is distinguished by its originality, rigor, and the significance of its findings, showcasing a profound understanding of the subject matter.

Conference venue location

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Villa College, VC QI Campus,

RahDhebai Hingun, 20373, Male', Maldives.

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