Connect-US Conference





Connect-Us Conference (CuC) is an international conference organised by the Swiss–ASEAN Learning and Teaching (SALT), a registered not-for-profit association, which aims to promote the sharing of diverse research works, teaching and learning practices among academics and practitioners worldwide, specifically in the field of sustainable development. 


CuC aims to gather academics, researchers, scientists, community development practitioners, policymakers, youth groups, and all stakeholders to deliberate on issues and challenges affecting the sustainable development of society. Furthermore, it seeks to document approaches, practices, policies and strategies utilised in various levels and contexts to address and attain the development goals.


Organised once every two years starting in 2017, CuC pledges to highlight the chronic issues confronting everyone in the world today: ranging from globalisation, climate change, effects of urbanisation, poverty, access to education, health and malnutrition, pollution, environmental degradation, and many more, which threaten the well-being of society and our future generations. Notably, SALT recognises that societal problems which remain unchecked and unmanaged can weaken, threaten, or even destroy society. It is deemed timely to continuously raise the awareness and involvement of stakeholders, experts and strategists on the importance and urgency of sharing, contributing knowledge in sustaining inclusive development of society.


The second SALT CuC will take place on October 9 - 10, 2019 in Malaysia hosted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.


Conference Theme and Subthemes


Theme: Digital Transformation - Opportunities and Challenges.


Sub-themes: The call for sub-themes proposal will be released soon. 

Calls for papers will be released soon and are not limited to the following topics:


1. Human 2. Environment 3. Economy

 - Basic Needs
 - Education
 - Health
 - Food Security
 - Gender Equality
 - Income Distribution
 - Population Growth
 - Poverty
 - Crime
 - Social Conflicts
 - Ageing Work Force


 - Pollution
 - Climate Change
 - Urbanisation
 - Waste Management
 - Natural Resources
 - Energy Savings/
 - Sustainable Ecosystem
 - Forestry
 - Biodiversity
 - Cultural Sustainability


 - Employment
 - Entrepreneurship
 - Economic Growth
 - Transportation
 - Global Value Chain
 - City Planning
 - Tourism
 - Sustainable Businesses
 - Creative Industries
 - Green Economy
 - Digital Economy
 - Financial Markets and
   Monetary Policy
 - Innovation and Technology
 - Corporate Social
 - Corporate Ethics



Date and Venue



October 9 - 10, 2019


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra

54100 Kuala Lumpur



Deadline of Submission


 Deadline of Abstract Submission

May 15, 2019

 Announcement of Accepted Abstract

June 28, 2019

 Deadline of Full Paper Submission

July 31, 2019

 Deadline of Registration

August 31, 2019


Conference Fees



Paper/ Poster Presentation

Participant/ Listener

 Early Bird

 by August 15, 2019

USD 200


USD 150


 Normal Registration

 by August 30, 2019

USD 250


USD 200


 Late Registration

 until September 30, 2019

USD 300


USD 250



USD 150

USD 100


Conference fees include:

  • Your abstract to be included in printed conference programme book and full paper to be published in e-proceedings
  • Participation certificate
  • Printed conference programme book
  • Refreshments


  • At least one author from each accepted submission must have registered to attend the Connect-Us Conference by deadline for registration.
  • Registration fee is only for one author. The conference participation certificate will be prepared and printed only for the person who has paid the conference fee.
  • If two (or more) authors submit only one paper and physically attend the conference together, a fee for each participant must be paid.
  • If two papers or more, by the same author(s) are accepted for presentation, a fee for each paper must be paid separately.
  • If co-authors submit only one paper and only one of these authors participate, only a fee for one participant must be paid.
  • Once payment of registration fees is made, no refund is possible.


Abstract Submission


  1. Abstract should be submitted by May 15, 2019. An abstract should not exceed 300 words, and must be written according to the following structure and format, based on the given template: 
    Attachment 1: CuC2019-abstract-template
  2. Papers must not have been previously presented, or scheduled for presentation at any other conference.
  3. Accepted full papers without at least one registered author will be withdrawn and will not be included in the conference e-proceedings and scheduled in the conference programme book for presentation. Withdrawn submissions will not be reinstated.

Full Paper Submission


  1. Full paper should be submitted by July 31, 2019. Full paper should not exceed 12 pages, and must be written according to the following structure and format, based on the given template:
    Attachment 2: CuC2019-full paper-template
  2. Once the submission has been made on the system, authors will not be able to edit paper details such as title, author names, keywords etc. As this information will be displayed in the conference programme book and e-proceedings, please ensure that all information is inputted accurately on the original submission.

Poster Presentation


  1. For poster submission and presentation, an abstract must have been submitted and accepted.
  2. Abstract should be submitted by May 15, 2019. An abstract should not exceed 300 words, and must be written according to the following structure and format, based on the given template:
    Attachment 1: CuC2019-abstract-template
  3. Accepted abstract for poster presentation must adhere to the following requirements:
     - Poster Size: A1
     - Poster stands will be provided
     - Poster presentation schedule will be published on CuC website
     - A sample of poster can be seen as follows:


Submission Link

Paper submission for CuC2019 will open on 1 March 2019.

Deadline for abstract submission is 11:59pm (GMT) on May 15, 2019.


Review Process

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by blind reviewers and the decision will be sent to the author(s) within three weeks. Reviewers will be asked to consider the quality of ideas, methodology, (potential) theoretical contribution, clarity of presentation, and potential interest to other participants. The abstract will be judged against the norms of the category in which they are submitted.


Paper Presentation

An accepted full paper will be allocated 20 minutes (15 minutes presentation, 5 minutes discussion). Full papers will be scheduled for presentation in a room with a laptop, data projector and screen and you will need to bring your presentation with you to the conference on a memory stick, along with any hard copies of your paper and/or slides that you might wish to distribute.

The final upload of accepted full paper submissions will be included in the conference e-Proceedings if an author is in attendance to present it.


Publication Opportunity

All the presented papers will be included at the e-Proceedings, which will be issued with an ISSN number in electronic form. The authors will be given an opportunity after the conference to submit the revised version of their papers to indexed journals for publication, subjected to journal review procedures and/or costs incurred.


E-proceeding Connect-Us Conference 2019

Accepted papers will be included in the E-proceeding similar to the following example of CuC2017: Accepted papers of the Connect-Us Conference 2017 .


SALT Board Members and researchers on the first presenting day at CuC 2017

Photo: SALT Board Members and researchers on the first presenting day at CuC 2017


Programme Schedule

Detailed programme will be released soon.


Registration and Payment

The registration form and payment instructions will be released soon.