ORGANIZER(S): Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (ZEF)
Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)
Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES)
OTHER ORGANIZER(S): United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Type: Meeting or Conference Date: 16 - 18 Apr 2018 Location: Algeria (Tlemcen) Venue: University of Tlemcen
Scientists, engineers, practitioners, innovators, professionals and policy makers, in the areas of renewable energy, water, and climate change
The guiding vision of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union is “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, an Africa driven and managed by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena”. The call for action of the Agenda 2063 with regards to energy refers to “harnessing all African energy resources to ensure modern, efficient, reliable, cost effective, renewable and environmentally friendly energy to all African households, businesses, industries and institutions, through building the national and regional energy pools and grids,”. The Africa Water Vision 2025 and aspiration seventeen of the Agenda 2063 focus on the fact that “Africa shall have equitable and sustainable use and management of water resources for socio-economic development, regional cooperation and the environment”. With regards to climate change, aspiration seventeen of the Agenda 2063 requires that “Africa shall address the global challenge of climate change by prioritizing adaptation in all our actions, drawing upon skills of diverse disciplines and with adequate support (affordable technology development and transfer, capacity building, financial and technical resources) to ensure implementation of actions for the survival of the most vulnerable populations, including islands states, and for sustainable development and shared prosperity.”
A key role of PAUWES is seen in providing scientific and technological solutions to support a sustainable socio-economic development in the continent, science-based advice to policy makers on a local, national, regional and Pan-African level. PAUWES not only provides scientific knowledge for existing strategies but also acts as a think tank and thought leader in shaping future strategies.
The African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024) places science, technology and innovation at the epicentre of Africa’s socio-economic development and growth. Research, particularly applied research, can be considered as a tool and an enabler for achieving continental socio-economic development goals in order to accelerate Africa’s transition to an innovation led, knowledge based economy.
The lack of institutional networking is still a major challenge in the African research and educational landscape. The PAU as a whole aims to contribute to the establishment of networks in Africa and PAUWES aims to be the hub of a Pan-African research network in the area of energy, water and climate change.
Linking research and development as contributions to achieve goals of the Agenda 2063 is a priority for the Pan African University of the African Union. Applied research, networking and cooperation with strategic partners are essential pillars in this endeavour. In order to promote and support applied and practice-oriented research and strategic partnerships on renewable energy, water and climate security in Africa, the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) with support from the German Government and in cooperation with a consortium of German universities (UNU-EHS, ZEF and ITT) led by UNU-EHS and the University Abou Bekr Belkaid in Tlemcen are jointly organizing an international forum in Tlemcen, Algeria from 16-18 April 2018.
The Research-2-Practice forum aims to provide a platform for experts/scientists, education leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs, private and public sector, policy makers, civil society actors and institutions interested or active in applied and practice-oriented research for development to discuss state of the art, challenges and innovative solutions in the areas of renewable energy, water and climate security and build strategic partnerships in Africa. The forum is in line with actions for the implementation of the cooperation and research strategy which further complements African Union goals to promote and support knowledge sharing and cooperation to addressing development challenges including leveraging opportunities for innovation.
Results and recommendations from the forum will be integrated into ongoing and future activities at PAUWES such as the consolidation and upscaling of results of ongoing research projects, initiation of joint project proposals for the implementation of the research agenda at PAUWES, the establishment of a Pan-African network and knowledge hub on the Water-Energy and Climate Change nexus. Furthermore the results and recommendation will be followed up and further discussed with regional and Pan-African institutions such as the African Union, African Development Bank, NEPAD and regional commissions.
The call for extended abstracts aims to create vertical and horizontal linkages between the research and practice stakeholders in the priority areas below. Fundamentally, the forum provides researchers and practitioners in civil society, private sector and public institutions an opportunity to feed into each other’s value chain where practice informs new knowledge and research informs change at various societal and institutional levels.
The main topics of the extended abstract should fit within the following areas which are in line with ongoing projects and priorities of the research agenda at PAUWES as contribution to the Agenda 2063 of the African union:
The call for Research-2-Practice contributions aims to showcase existing collaboration between practitioners in private sector, policy makers, financial institutions, civil society and beyond with academic, scientific or research institutions. The contributions should exhibit research interaction with practice guided by the following priority areas:
Within these broad themes, forum organisers further encourage non-academic participants/stakeholders interested or involved in practise and applied oriented initiatives to send a submission linked to the areas below. These participants may be seeking knowledge, strategic partnerships, funding strategies or merely an opportunity to showcase their work based on real-life scenarios and practice within the priority areas of this call.
Accepted extended abstracts will be compiled in a stand-alone publication with ISBN and distributed among the participants as output of the forum. The opportunity to publish selected high quality papers in a special issue of a scientific journal will be investigated.
All forum participants will have an opportunity to vote for the best contribution and best poster (online voting) and the winner(s) will be announced during the closing session
The contributing authors or organizations stand a chance to win an award which will be presented during the Research-2-Practice Forum.The selection of the best paper will be done by the conference organizers in collaboration with the committee of experts.
Female applicants are especially encouraged and will have special consideration
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Event website: http://pauwes-cop.net/res2prac/
Short URL: https://www.preventionweb.net/go/56277