The Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) Research and Innovation Committee invites academics, researchers, and industrialists to submit abstracts for presentation at the ‘ANNUAL ABUAD RESEARCH CONFERENCE AND CAREER FAIR’ with the theme: Sustainable Development: Innovations, Opportunities, and Future Directions.

The 2020 conference will feature a variety of exciting topics, discussions and collaborating opportunities with experts, researchers, and up-and-coming leaders in the different fields of specialization.

Abstracts for submission should fall within one or more of the sub-themes for the conference. All abstracts which are preferably extended should be a maximum of 400 words and should contain a concise title with names and addresses of the author(s) clearly stated. The email address of the corresponding author should also be included. Authors at all career stages are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts for paper or poster presentation.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed, with acceptance subject to falling within the sub-themes, content, availability of space and program balance. Paper writers must indicate which theme their paper falls under.

NB: Selected accepted abstracts will require full paper submission that will be peer-review for publication in a reputable Journal.

Important Dates
February 10, 2020 – Deadline for abstracts
March 3rd, 2020 – Notification of acceptance
April 15, 2020 – Deadline for Papers
August 15, 2020 – Authors provided with review feedback
Conference date – 21-24 April, 2020.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to: [email protected], All accepted abstracts will also be published in the Conference Book of Abstracts.

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A. Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Water Management
Increasing population and the challenges of climate change and poor agricultural yields has led to increased food shortage. This is evident more in underdeveloped and developing countries, majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, a number of countries are posed with a range of water challenges, which may range from extreme drought to flooding and in other instances poor water supply and sanitation. This theme is aimed at addressing the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG), which entails ending poverty, hunger, regulating emissions, access to clean water and sustainable use of water and land resources.

B. Sustainable Healthcare
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, but working towards achieving the target of less than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030 would require improvements in skilled delivery care.

Achieving the target of reducing premature deaths due to incommunicable diseases by 1/3 by the year 2030 would also require more efficient technologies for clean fuel use during cooking and education on the risks of tobacco. Many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, increased access to physicians and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress
can be made in helping to save the lives of millions. Papers in this theme should be tailored towards good health.

C. Gender Equality and Education
Gender is indicated to define and differentiate the roles, responsibilities, rights and obligations of women and men, girls and boys. These distinctive roles and behaviors for boys and girls and, men and women in societies may lead to gender inequalities which may systematically favour one group. The SDGs 4 is aimed at ensuring inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ and SDG 5 to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In addition, Gender equality is expected to be a global priority and inextricably linked to its efforts to promote the right to education and support the achievement of the SDGs.

The Education 2030 agenda recognizes that gender equality requires an approach that ‘ensures that girls and boys, women and men not only gain access to and complete education cycles, but are empowered equally in and through education. This theme focuses on practical solutions to addressing the challenge gender inequality and education

D. Peace, Security, Justice and International Relation
The proliferation of armed conflicts is indicated to be a huge hurdle to local, national and international development. Article 1 of the UN Charter indicates that the United Nations, amongst other purposes is to ‘bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations that might lead to peace.’ This theme invites papers that will explore ideas could enhance and promote inclusive societies with strong institutions that provide justice for all, as
indicated in the SDG 16. If the SDGs are to be achieved, partnership is vital, as indicated in SDG 17. Thus, papers that examine international practices on the promotion of sustainable economic and social development that enhance national, continental and intercontinental integration and partnership are also welcome in this theme.

E. Economic Growth, Capacity Building, Innovation and Development
For sustainable growth and economic development to take place, innovation is essential. Conditions that enable innovation also encourage economic growth. For a modern economy, innovation is vital for value creation and capacity building. The build-up of innovation capacities has played a central role in the growth dynamics of successful developing countries. These are the central goals of SDGs 8 and 9. This theme invites papers that examines approaches to building infrastructure and fostering innovation. In addition, papers that address and explore practical approaches to economic growth and decent employment for all are also welcome.

F. Environment and Clean Energy
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with other Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs 7 and 11 is focusing on universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy through new economic and job opportunities is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.

Presently, there are approximately three billion people who lack access to clean-cooking solutions and are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution. Additionally, slightly less than one billion people are functioning without electricity and 50% of them are found in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. Fortunately, progress has been made in the past decade regarding the use of renewable electricity from water, solar and wind power and the ratio of energy used per unit of GDP is also declining. However, the challenge is far from being solved and there needs to be more access to clean fuel and technology and more progress needs to be made regarding integrating renewable energy into end-use applications in buildings, transport and industry. Public and private investments in energy also need to be increased and there needs to be more focus on regulatory frameworks and innovative business models to transform the world’s energy systems.

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