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Second Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research & Innovation Symposium (RERIS) 2018

Second Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research & Innovation Symposium (RERIS) 2018




23 January, 2018 to 26 January, 2018




Southern Africa


With more than 600 million Africans living without access to electricity and over 730 million relying on dangerous, inefficient forms of cooking, fast but sustainable development of African renewable energy markets is needed. Applied research and innovative business roll-outs play a key role in boosting this development, helping to secure energy supply in both rural and urban areas, increase generation capacities and energy system resilience.

To these ends, the National University of Lesotho will host the second Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research & Innovation Symposium (RERIS) from 23 to 26 January 2018. The symposium will take place on the occasion of the University’s International Science and Technology Innovation Conference and Expo (NULISTICE 2018), and is organised in close collaboration with the RECP, the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), and Microenergy International.

In March 2016, the RECP organised the first Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium (RERIS 2016) in Tlemcen, Algeria. Attended by 135 participants from 30 countries, the symposium was a big step towards better research cooperation for renewable energy on and between the two continents. Based on the outcomes of the first symposium, RERIS 2018 sets out to facilitate Africa-EU renewable energy research collaboration; increase public and private sector participation in renewable energy research; and build capacities for applied research and promote university business spin-offs.

Until September 2017, researchers from Africa and Europe had the chance to submit abstracts; submissions are currently being evaluated by the conference team. The abstracts reflect the focus themes of the conference:

  • grid connected renewable energy;
  • de-centralised renewable and household energy solutions;
  • energy socioeconomics (e.g. policy, economics, legal, regulatory and social issues);
  • promotion of energy research, innovation, education and entrepreneurship.

Registration for the conference has now opened:



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  • Climate Change
  • Energy Access
  • Energy and Cities
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Security
  • Renewable Energy