You are invited to submit an abstract for a symposium within your field of research. Please take note of the following important dates:

Item Closing date
Abstract Submission closing date 18 October 2021
Early bird registration R 1000


  • Abstracts are to be written in English and should be submitted electronically using the submission link below.
  • Authors will be asked to select the symposia theme from the list that best suits their submission.
  • If the topic of their submission is not included in the list, the authors will be asked to select the “General” symposia. This is to assist with the review process and the creation of the conference programme itself.
  • The abstract copy is limited to 300 words.
  • Your abstract could be selected for a symposium or poster presentation.
  • A prize for best oral/poster will be awarded.
submit an abstract


Please submit an abstract for a symposium within your field of research.

  Symposium Description
1 Higher Education Policy and Strategies for emerging researchers in Africa The role of government, higher education and research governance on the place of emerging researchers and research on the African continent; policies and strategies to support, strengthen capacity and develop the employment, innovation and career pathways of young researchers.
2 Water research in time of the Pandemic Waste water research, Water resources, Water sanitation, Water quality, Water networks, etc.
3 Agri-culture and food security Agricultural and environmental research, Global change, Biodiversity, Food technology, Sustainability, etc.
4 Law in time of the Pandemic African law studies, Human rights studies, Refugees and asylum seeker studies, Gender-based violence studies, Studies on violence, inequality, racism, etc.
5 Politics and Humanity in time of the Pandemic Pandemics have changed the course of human society. How has our society reacted, and what are the politics of the pandemia? Fields related to but not limited to: Humanity, Theology, Social Sciences, Political sciences, etc
6 Models in Research Two major types of research models or research paradigms exist: quantitative and qualitative. Research models are used to describe the overall framework used to look at reality. Here we welcome any research that makes use of a model, whether it is on using zebra fish to investigate immune responses or theoretical economic models to derive verifiable implications about economic behavior under the current pandemic.
7 Education, Communication and Science on the African continent Educational studies, Language and literacy, Applied human development, Science Communication, etc.
8 Innovation leading the future All aspects related to innovation. Innovations using artificial intelligence, Developments in renewable energy, Education etc.
9 Business and Economics Economics, Accounting, Banking research, Business ethics, Marketing, etc.
10 Infectious Disease All disciplines related to infectious disease sciences from basic research through epidemiology.
11 Non communicable diseases Epidemiology of NCD, Disease prevention and management, Treatment and therapy research on NCD, Diagnosis of NCD, etc.
12 Exercise, health and well-being Pediatric) exercise science, Sports medicine, Nutrition and dietary research, Mental Health studies, etc.
13 The Microbiome in Health and Disease in Africa Structure and dynamics of the healthy adult microbiota, Host-microbe interactions on the immune system, The role of the microbiota in specific diseases and conditions, Structure and dynamics of the healthy adult microbiota, microbiota-gut-brain axis, etc.
14 Arts and Culture African cultural studies, Anthropology, Philosophical studies, Creative industry studies, Inequality studies, Historical studies, etc.
15 General All aspects that stand out from other symposia, including but not limited to: Botanical and Zoology studies, Physiological studies, Military sciences, Biochemistry studies, Chemistry, etc.


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.

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