What kind of papers can I submit?

You can submit two types of papers for presentation at PowerAfrica 2021:

  1. Full papers – mature results or completed projects and should not exceed 5 pages
  2. Short papers (*new) – targeting practitioners – interim results, experiences and perspectives and should be up to 3 pages in length including a short reference section.

If your paper is accepted and presented during the conference it will be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore®.

When is the deadline to submit my paper?

Call for papers opens   December 30, 2020
Paper submission deadline   March 31, 2021 
Author notification May 21, 2021
Camera-ready submission with IEEE copyright forms   June 4, 2021
Early-Bird registration   July 23, 2021
Conference Date   August 23-27, 2021

How and where do I submit my paper?

Please view further details on the paper submission process here.

To submit your paper please go to Paper Submission Link

Is it possible to edit my paper after I've submitted it?

You can edit your paper at any time and re-submit it any number of times before the Paper Submission deadline.

Can I submit in a language other than English?

No. Submissions in any language other than English will be cancelled with no further notice.

I'm having trouble viewing papers on IEEEXplore. Whom do I contact?

Contact: Xplore Support and Customer Service 1-800-701-4333 or 732-981-0060


How do I register for the conference?

 Registration information for the conference are available on the conference website.

How much do I need to pay to register for the virtual conference?

The amount you pay depends on whether you are an IEEE PES or IAS Member, IEEE Member, IEEE Student Member and Non-Member. Authors pay a slightly higher rate than non-authors. More information on how much you need to pay will be updated soon on the registration page

Is there funding available to participate in the conference?

Yes we have open funding opportunities.
IEEE Student Members
IEEE Members

Are there any discounts available?

IEEE members receive a discount on registration fees. PES and IAS members receive a further discount on the registration fees. IEEE Student members pay half price.

All attendees will receive a further 25% discount if they take advantage of the Early Bird Registration rates.

What is included in the cost of my registration?

Full Conference Registration entitles you to attend the Opening ceremony; Closing ceremony; All Free Networking Sessions; All Plenary & Panel sessions; All Technical Paper sessions; All Exhibitions and Smart Village events. Tutorials are not included.

Tutorial Only Fee entitles you to attend the Opening ceremony; All Plenary & Panel sessions and all Tutorials.Technical Paper Presentations; All Exhibitions and Smart Village Events not included.

What happens once I register?

Once you register, you will receive an email with a confirmation of your registration. Within the next few days you will received detailed instructions regarding conference attendance.

Can I register for the conference once it has begun?

Yes you can register for the conference during the conference and even after so as to access on-demand content.

Is there assistance with registration fees for attendees who can demonstrate financial need?

Conference sponsorship is available through affiliate societies, affinity groups and corporate sponsorship.
Some Opportunities are available below;
IEEE Student Members
IEEE Members

What credit cards are accepted?

Our system accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards.


When does the conference start?

The conference is scheduled to take place from Monday 23rd August 2021 to Friday 27th August 2021.

What time does the conference start?

On each day the conference will begin at 06:00 AM (GMT) Convert to your local time here.

What are the responsibilities of a session chair?

Main responsibilities are to coordinate the presentation of the papers, the question-answer period after each paper presentation, to enforce time limits and to evaluate each presentation.

Where can I get the event program?

Get a copy of the program here

Can I have a look at past event programs?

Yes you can, please download the PowerAfrica 2020 Booklet here.

You can also visit our past conference websites here.
PAC 2020 – Virtual
PAC 2019 – Abuja, Nigeria
PAC 2018 – Cape Town, South Africa
PAC 2017 – Accra, Ghana
PAC 2016 – Livingstone, Zambia

Which are my duties as a reviewer?

The main task of a reviewer is to provide a high quality review to each assigned paper thus guiding authors on how to improve the papers overall quality, and helping the program chairs to select appropriate papers for publication and presentation at the event.

How can I get my certificate of participation?

Certificate of participation will be available to all registered attendees after the conference.


What is an in-person conference?

An in-person conference is hosted at a physical location. As an attendee you will be able to access, watch and hear presentations while participating in real time questions and answer sessions in a face-to-face environment.

What is a virtual conference?

A virtual conference is hosted entirely over the Internet. As an attendee you will be able to access, watch and hear presentations from your computer or handheld device while participating in real time questions and answer sessions.
Attendees participate through a virtual platform on a conference website designed specifically for the virtual conference.

Will I have access to the recordings and materials?

Conference proceedings will be availed to all participants.

I am a student but not a member of IEEE, can I get a discount?

No, however, by joining IEEE as a student member, you will register for the conference at the discounted student member rate.

Is an attendee list for the conference available?

For the privacy of our attendees, we do not generally release data an attendee list. (Event sponsors may receive a list with limited information.)

What discounts are available for members?

IEEE members receive discounted rates to conferences and there is a half year rate upon renewal annually. Membership to technical societies is discounted for members as well.

How to become an IEEE member?

Visit the IEEE webpage and choose “Membership and Services” to join.
Will the conference be held only in English?
No, the conference proceedings will include major international and African languages.

How do I order a Conference Proceeding?

Contact: IEEE Contact Center
Phone: 1-800-678-IEEE or 732-981-0060 Fax: 732-981-9667

How can I engage with other conference participants online?

You can interact with us and other participants using the hashtag #PowerAfricaGoesVirtual on our social media pages below.

Facebook:  @IEEEPowerAfrica
Twitter:     @PowerAfrica20
Y​outube:    IEEE PowerAfrica Conference
We also have the Mobile App where you can interact further.


Can I support PowerAfrica Conference as an individual?

Yes you can, please contact us at and we will be happy to speak with you about supporting PowerAfrica as an individual.

What are my options for sponsoring / exhibiting / advertising at the conference?

Organizations and individuals can purchase a customised sponsorship package, exhibit booths, mobile app banner ads, website ads or virtual platform ads in the conference program. Please contact us at and we will be happy to speak with you about a custom sponsorship package for your company or as an individual.

What are the costs for sponsorship / exhibiting / advertising?

We have a wide variety of opportunities that are priced differently to enable one choose what is most suitable based on the outcome they want to get.

The various pricing options are available at General Conference Sponsorship and Exclusive Sponsorship

However please contact us at and we will be happy to speak with you about a custom sponsorship package for your company or as an individual.