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Call for Abstracts for the Evidence Leaders Conference for AAS Scholars & Researchers

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Call for Abstracts for the Evidence Leaders Conference for AAS Scholars & Researchers

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) will convene a virtual Evidence Leaders Africa Conference on 3 - 4 November 2020.  The conference is part of an ongoing initiative, the Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) project funded by the Hewlett Foundation. ELA seeks to expand and fortify EIDM leadership in Africa. 

The ELA conference targets AAS Fellows, Affiliates, grantees and researchers undertaking research in East and West Africa to provide a platform for sharing lessons in evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) practices across Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) sectors in Africa. 

The key purpose of the conference is to promote EIDM and contribute to the development of evidence-informed policy, efficient and effective implementation of policies and programmes as well as learning to accelerate the development of all STI sectors in Africa. 

The conference will be open to individuals and will cover a broad range of lessons learnt from the strategies and interventions being implemented by scholars within the AAS and its networks and programmes to promote and enable sustained use of research evidence in policy and programme decisions. The AAS scholars should ensure the topic in line with the SDGs and African Union Agenda 2063. The focus should be inclusive of the scholars who can demonstrate the use of evidence in their research addresses/links to the conference themes.

Conference themes will include, but not limited to: 

  • Research translation (synthesis, packaging including the use of policy briefs and other non-scientific evidence products)
  • Evidence-to-policy dialogues
  • Focus on building relationships (including working with research evidence champions)
  • Focus on participation in policymaking spaces such as technical working groups (TWGs, taskforces)
  • Enable development and use of guidelines for evidence or research use within government agencies
  • Strengthening government funding for EIDM
  • Establishing and using institutional platforms for facilitating interaction between policymakers and researchers (i.e. research/knowledge translation platforms
  • Bring co-production of evidence capacity building for evidence use (both at individual and institutional levels)
  • Engagement through media and digital platforms
  • Promoting experiences with repositories and research databases within countries Monitoring and evaluation of evidence-to-policy efforts, among others.
  • EIDM that leaves no one behind 

Talk's Thematic Area for Oral or Poster or any presentation include:

  • Africa Synchrotron Initiative
  • Agriculture
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Big Data
  • Climate Change
  • Education and Gender
  • Environment
  • Epidemic Preparedness Committee
  • Food and Nutritional Health
  • HIV/TB
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property Rights 
  • Malaria
  • Material Science
  • Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nanotechnology
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (will address evidence in policy; evidence for policy and policies for evidence-based policymaking)

Applicants for the Abstracts must:

  • Be an AAS Fellow, grantee or Affiliate. 
  • Be from one of the eligible countries in Eastern and Western Africa (Eastern Africa: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Western Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo).
  • Be able to communicate in English and French.

Abstract Application Deadline: 31st July 2020. There will be no extension to the deadline. 

To submit your abstract for an oral or poster or any contribution to the ELA conference, please fill in the abstract submission form. Abstracts submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. Presenters can collaborate on an abstract. All abstracts must be submitted in English or French. Please do not submit multiple copies of the same abstract. All abstracts will be forwarded to the Scientific Conference Committee for review.

The accepted abstracts will be published in the websites of AFIDEP and the AAS, social media and the conference report which will be available online.

  • Submitter’s contact details (Full first and family name(s), email, phone number, country)
  • Presenting author’s and co-Authors’ details (Full first and family name(s), postal address, mail)
  • Affiliation details: Institution/company/university, city, country
  • Abstract type: poster or oral or any
  • Abstract topic: please choose from the list of topics
  • Talk title
  • Abstract text: please fill the abstract form and keep in mind that the abstract should not exceed 300 words
  • Abstract translation of findings into the Evidence Informed Decision Making (EIDM) space (refer to the Conference themes list) should not exceed 400 words