Invitation to Submit Abstracts for the ARUA 2021 Biennial International Conference

21 May, 2021

The ARUA 2021 Biennial Conference will bring together experts from universities, research institutions, government, industry, civil society, international organizations, etc., to discuss the different steps that African economies need to take in order to face global public health challenges squarely. In reflecting on the prominent lessons from the handling of previous and current pandemics, the medium to long term implications of measures and steps taken to contain the spread of the virus in Africa will be the focus of the conference. This will be done in recognition of the interconnectedness of the various issues involved in dealing with a pandemic.

Conference Dates

The conference and workshops will take place on 18-20 November 2021. The two-day conference will be extended to a third day of workshops for the ARUA Centres of Excellence (CoE) devoted to drawing lessons from the conference and working with early career researchers to develop a strategy for tackling the effects of global public health challenges.


The conference will take place at the Future Africa Campus of University of Pretoria, South Africa, and jointly hosted by University of Pretoria and University of the Witwatersrand. Even though the conference was originally planned to be a physical event, arrangements will be made for selected participants who opt to participate remotely.


The conference is expected to lead to several edited volumes. Depending on the ambitions of ARUA Centres of Excellence, it should also be possible for each CoE to produce another edited volume.

Participation and Submission of Abstracts and Papers

Persons interested in participating in the conference may send an abstract of not more than one page to the organisers at before 31st May 2021. (The original deadline has been extended due to the Covid-19 situation). Applicants will be notified about decisions on their submissions by 30th June 2021. Completed papers must be submitted before 30th October 2021. There will be funding to support basic travel for a limited number of participants from poorly endowed universities and institutions. Award of such travel grants will be made strictly based on paper quality and the timeliness of submission.

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