Conference venue and objectives

The Third AfricaLics Conference will be hosted by University of Oran 2 in Oran, Algeria. The conference intends to bring together up to 120 PhD students, early careers and established researchers and scholars from different disciplines with the overall aim of enhancing the quality of innovation studies in relation to development and growth in Africa.

The conference specifically aims at providing a space for presentation and discussion of research findings and for networking between researchers working in the field of innovation and development. It constitutes part of the AfricaLics efforts to build research capacity in Africa with strong links to users including policy makers and the private sector.

The main objectives of this conference are:

  • To present and discuss state of the art research in the field of innovation and development in Africa with focus on the promotion of sustainable industrialization.
  • To provide a much needed arena for researchers in Africa, particularly early career researchers, to build capacity in presenting and networking skills as well as learning about new methods and theories.
  • To promote networking and create space for new collaborations amongst researchers in the field of innovation and development focusing on Africa.
  • To build capacity to teach high quality, fit for purpose, curricula in the field of innovation and development in Africa.

The conference will be held over three days. The first and the second day will involve key notes and presentation of research papers in parallel tracks with panel discussions and plenary lectures. A draft programme will be posted on the conference web-site in August 2017.

The third day will be devoted to learning and networking through workshops and collaborative research facilitation events. Details of these events will be made available later. Attendance to these workshops may be restricted but others will be open to any registered participant of the conference. Currently confirmed workshops are (i) an exchange workshop focusing on teaching I&D issues at African universities (open to all) (ii) a doctoral workshop where selected students from Algeria will present their papers for discussion with peers and senior scholars from the AfricaLics community and (iii) A workshop for the presentation of collaborative research projects of AfricaLics  (participation will require prior registration) and (IV) A special session on the meeting between researchers and policy-makers (restricted).

Those who have a paper selected for presentation at the conference will be automatically registered for Day 3 and will be asked to choose, nearer the time, which event(s) to attend on the third day.


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