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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, and to increase generation capacities and energy system resilience. While a growing number of academic institutions in Africa are dedicated to work on renewable energy, the transition from research into practice remains a challenge.

To address this challenge, the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and the National University of Lesotho (NUL) organised the second edition of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium (RERIS 2018) in combination with the NUL International Science and Technology Innovation Conference and Expo (NULSITICE) in January 2018, in Maseru, Lesotho. Attended by 242 participants, the event was a big step towards better Africa-EU research cooperation and innovation for renewable energy. The primary focus of this research symposium was to translate science into practice. Specific objectives were to: facilitate Africa-EU renewable energy research collaboration; increase public and private sector participation in renewable energy research; build capacities for applied research and promote university business spin-offs. Event outcomes and material in form of abstracts and presentations can be downloaded on the right of this page.

RERIS 2018 came after a successful first Symposium in Tlemcen, Algeria in 2016 where more than 130 participants from 30 countries had laid the cornerstones for renewable energy research cooperation between Africa and Europe.

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