Abstracts & Workshops

You are invited to submit an abstract or a workshop proposal.

Submit your abstract or workshop proposal to the following email address: postdocs@sun.ac.za

Please take note of the following important dates:

  Closing date
Abstract and Workshop Submission closing date CLOSED

Participation in the conference is open to all, with a special invitation extended to postdoctoral research fellows, postgraduate students, research management offices, representatives from funding bodies, suppliers, and other stakeholders in higher education.

Thematic areas

The thematic areas for the conference fall within the priorities of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda, and focus on the development of equitable partnerships, development of the research ecosystem and translating research to respond to societal and economy needs on the continent. Four key thematic areas have been identified for collaboration between EU (European Union) and African universities as part of the Global Gateway Africa-Europe Investment Package:

  • Public health
  • Green transition
  • Innovation and technology
  • Capacities for science

Abstract submissions should address issues related to the above themes. 

We would like to stress that submissions from all disciplines are invited. While the themes may appear to be slanted towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, there are important social, political and policy issues to be considered in public health, environment, technology, and science. We hope the conference will provide a space for multiple and diverse perspectives to tackling global challenges.

Extended abstracts 

We are inviting the submission of well-developed, substantial abstracts. At no stage do we require full papers. Abstracts are limited to 1,200 words. Reviewers respond favourably to abstracts with a classic structure signposted with section headings such as: background and rationale, methods, results or anticipated results, and significance. Submissions are limited to text only (no figures or tables). Formal references are not required as they do not typically enhance the quality of abstracts.
Poster submissions

We invite proposals for posters. Poster proposals should also be 1200-word abstracts, following the above directions. Proposed work should be empirical in nature and reflect work in which the early career researcher has led the research, and/or played a significant role in the research.

A workshop proposal includes a title and a short abstract of about 500 words describing the workshop plus a list of the associated presenters and their titles.


We invite you to engage with us at our virtual conference to share your research, network and build a future for postdoctoral research fellow in Southern Africa.

Contact details

+27 74 670 8987

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postdoctoral Research Support Office, Division for Research Development, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602