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Invitation to submit COVID-19 abstracts for the Evidence Leaders Africa conference

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Invitation to submit COVID-19 abstracts for the Evidence Leaders Africa conference

Invitation to submit COVID-19 abstracts for the Evidence Leaders Africa conference 

Friday 17 August 2020 

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 Evidence Informed Decision Making (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 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. 

We would like to invite abstract submissions focusing on COVID-19 for presentation consideration during the conference. 

Given your expertise, we would be pleased if you can share your COVID-19 policy engagement experiences and lessons on promoting and facilitating the use of evidence in policy formulation and implementation by African governments and other stakeholders.  

 Please submit your abstracts by 15 August 2020.  

If, by any chance, you have already submitted an abstract to this conference on the same engagement, please do not resubmit this. 

 Applicants for the Abstracts must: 

  1. Be an AAS Fellow, grantee or Affiliate.  

  1. 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). 

  1. Be able to communicate in English or French. 

  1. A researcher from any of the eligible countries.

If interested, please submit your abstract using the application form here.  

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.

Your abstract (800 words) should comprise the following;

  • an introduction of the issue and the research generated
  • a description of the research translation activity(ies) undertaken by the researcher
  • the impact or influence of the research translation activities,
  • and the lessons drawn from the experience.