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PAUWES Research-2-Practice Forum 2018

in Tlemcen, Algeria from 16-18 April 2018.



Welcome to the PAUWES 2018
Research-2-Practice Forum

Linking research and development as a contribution to achieve the goals of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union is a priority for the Pan African University of the African Union. 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.
  Application & Submission Deadlines

Steps Date
1. Submission of abstracts 8th Jan 2018
2. Abstract Acceptance Notification 26th Feb 2018
3. Presenter Participation Confirmation 11th Mar 2018
4. Publication of the programme 15th Mar 2018

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Energy

Energy resources assessment
Technological development: from raw materials to systems, including smart-grid and off-grid
Energy stakeholders and society
Energy economics and governance
Current and future urban energy supply systems in sub Saharan African cities

Water Security

Water and food security (production and sustainable livelihoods)
Water management (basin water management and urban water management)
Water and environment (water related hazard, health, etc.)
Water economics and governance (policy, education, planning, economy, cultural, etc.)
Transboundary water and resources management (conflict or cooperation, etc.)
Current and future urban water supply systems in Sub-Saharan African cities

Climate Change

Climate impact modelling (data and appropriated infrastructure, prediction models and services)
Risk, vulnerability and impact assessment (environmental sustainability of renewable energy projects, etc.)
Adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change security in Africa
Risk assessment and reduction strategies for sustainable urban resources supply in Sub-Saharan African cities
Mitigation research
African Union – Agenda 2063
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.”

PAUWES
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.

Research-2-Practice Forum
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 event builds on the integration of the following complementary components:
  • Research components in line with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research to support synergies with institutions dealing with research questions addressed by ongoing research projects and priorities of the research agenda at PAUWES.
  • Strategic networking components in line with the support of the German technical cooperation of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development though the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH” to support institutional development of the institute.

Call for Contributions

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:
Energy
  • Energy resources assessment
  • Technological development: renewable energy and raw materials to systems, including smart-grid and off-grid
  • Energy stakeholders and civil society
  • Energy security, economics, and governance
  • Current and future urban energy supply systems in African cities
Water
  • Water and food security (production and sustainable livelihoods)
  • Water management (basin water management and urban water management)
  • Water and environment (water related hazard, health, etc.)
  • Water economics and governance (policy, education, planning, economy, cultural, etc.)
  • Trans-boundary water and resources management (conflict or cooperation, etc.)
  • Current and future urban water supply systems in African cities
Climate Change
  • Climate impact modelling (data and appropriated infrastructure, prediction models and services)
  • Risk, vulnerability and impact assessment (environmental sustainability of renewable energy projects, etc.)
  • Adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change security in Africa
  • Risk assessment and reduction strategies for sustainable urban resources supply in Sub-Saharan African cities
  • Mitigation research
Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus
  • Water-Climate nexus
  • Energy-Climate nexus
  • Water-Energy nexus
  • Energy, water, food security and climate change nexus

Apply Now

First step: Download the submission template that fits your contribution best. Refer to the  Call for Contributions  for more details about expected contributions. We have templates for…

Research / Scientific Contributions

Contributions from researchers, academia and scientists in line with the priority areas of the call.

Research-2-Practice Contributions

Contributions to showcase existing collaborations between practitioners with academic, scientific or research institutions.

Practice & Non-Scientific Contributions

Contributions to showcase practice, applied-oriented approaches and initiatives based on real-life scenarios within the priority areas of this call.
  • Second step: Fill the template with your contribution.
  • Third step: Submit your contribution via the submit button below.

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.
Instructions: Extended abstracts must be submitted in accordance with the related form and written in English.
Deadline: The deadline for the submission of extended abstracts is 8th January 2018.
Submission link: Proposals must be uploaded via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=res2prac.
Selection: The selection process will be carried out by a Scientific Committee of international experts. Notification of acceptance will be in March 2018.
We actively encourage applications by female researchers who will have a special attention/consideration.
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Forum Committee

Symposium Chair

  • Prof. Dr. Abdellatif Zerga – Director, Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES)
  • Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner – Vice-Rector for UNU in Europe and the Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security

Experts Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Abdellatif Zerga – Director, Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES)
  • Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner – Vice-Rector for UNU in Europe and the Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister – Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Ramchandra Bhandari – Professor of Renewable Energy Systems and Vice-Director at ITT, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Rabani Adamou, University of Niamey, Niger
  • Prof. Dr. Abdramane Ba, University of Science, Techniques and Technology of Bamako, Mali
  • Dr. Bernhard Tischbein – Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
  • Dr. Erick Gankam Tambo – Research Coordinator, PAUWES
  • Dr. Amazigh Dib – Private Sector Coordinator, PAUWES
  • Prof. Latifa Negadi – Professor, University of Tlemcen
  • Prof. Abdelmalek Bekkouche – Professor, University of Tlemcen
  • Prof. Lotfi Baghli – Professor, University of Tlemcen
  • Prof. Chakib Seladji – Professor, University of Tlemcen
  • Prof. Abderrazak Bouanani – Professor, University of Tlemcen
  • Prof. Chewki Ziani – Professor, University of Tlemcen
  • Dr. Priscilla Achapka – Executive Director, Women Environmental Programme
  • Ms. Valerie Geen -Director, Board of the SAEE Confederation & Senior advisor, Industrial Energy Efficiency Division, UNIDO.
  • Ms. Anna Ekeledo – CEO, AfriLabs
  • Ms. Nekesa Were – Director of Community, iHub
  • Ms. Noara Kebir – Managing Director, MicroEnergy International
  • Mr. Phumlani Nkontwana – Sustainability Institute and Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. Solomon Assefa – Head of Research Africa, IBM
  • Prof. Yao Azoumah – CEO, KYA-Energy Group
  • Prof. Khellaf Abdallah – Centre for Renewable Energy, Algiers
  • Prof. Thameur Chaibi – National Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Water and Forestry, Tunisia
  • Mr. Niklas Hayek – Project Manager, EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Erick Tambo
  • Ms. Margaret Koli
  • Mr. David Paulus
  • Dr. Navneet Kumar
  • Prof. Ramchandra Bhandari
  • Mr. Phumlani Nkontwana
Venue
The forum is hosted at the PAUWES institute on the campus of the University of Tlemcen, Algeria.
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