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ACU/SARIMA Conference May 2015 Print
Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:17

DRUSSA will be well represented at a major international conference Research and Innovation for Global Challenges inJohannesburg from 11-15 May 2015. Key issues related to Research Uptake will be considered at a policy level as well as institutional and practical level.

The Research and Innovation for Global Challenges conference is being organised by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, in partnership with the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

"The Forum will aim to provide those at the most senior levels with an overview of what is being achieved in the programme, and invite them to consider how they can offer further support. "

University Leaders Forum

Recognising the continued importance of university leaders in implementing measures to promote Research Uptake, DRUSSA will host a ‘University Leaders Forum’ in the two days before the conference to which senior figures in each of our partner universities will be invited.  The Forum will aim to provide those at the most senior levels with an overview of what is being achieved in the programme, and invite them to consider how they can offer further support.  Those attending will also have the opportunity to gain a broader international perspective, through attending the wider conference.

 

The conference should appeal to a wide audience – combining a strategic level approach, with practical discussion for institutions introducing new structures to maximise their impact, and training for individual practitioners at every stage of their career. It will put also put the issues into a global perspective, with speakers expected from all five continents. An early keynote speaker to confirm is Sir Mark Walport, the Chief Scientific Officer of the UK government who will discuss the incentives and environment that governments can put in place to support Research Uptake.

"A half-day session during the main conference will be organised by the DRUSSA team to being these achievements to a wider conference audience."

Practical sessions

By the time of the conference, DRUSSA will have almost completed its fourth year of operation. There will be lots to demonstrate, both in terms of individual success and the range of approaches being introduced by universities throughout Africa. A half-day session during the main conference will be organised by the DRUSSA team to being these achievements to a wider conference audience. To further strengthen our links with policy makers, the session will be organised in conjunction with the European Union funded CAAST-NET Plus project, a network of 25 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation.  

 

In addition to looking at policy issues from the perspective of research users and universities, the conference will also have a strong training element. The two days immediately prior to the conference will see a series of training events organised by SARIMA, which will cover the full cycle of research management from instigating, winning, negotiating and managing research projects, through to issues of research dissemination and uptake.

 

It is very important for both the ACU and SARIMA that the conference topics are aligned with the needs of our members and stakeholders. For this reason you are invited to participate in the development of the conference programme through a two-phased process.
 

Phase 1: Call for session topics
ACU members and stakeholders are encouraged to complete a survey to rate the proposed conference topics and to propose additional topics. The closing date for completing the survey is 24 October 2014. It should be noted that some sessions will be structured according to a call for papers (see Phase 2 below) and some will be structured on the basis of a chairperson inviting the most experienced and interested speakers to ensure the best value addition in each session.

Please find the survey on the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015_Conference_Call_for_Topics

Phase 2: Call for papers
After the plenary and session topics have been finalised members and stakeholders will be invited to submit papers under a selection of specific session topics. The call for papers will be circulated in November 2014 and the closing date for abstract submission will be at the end of January 2015. The outcome of the abstract review will be available by mid-February 2015.

Further details of the conference can be found at the conference website


John Kirkland is Deputy Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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