PhD poster competition 


The African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics) is a network of innovation and development scholars that undertake scientific research on issues affecting Africa. AfricaLics encourages the development of innovation research capacity of young scholars by organising PhD academies, conferences, visiting scholarships, research training activities and seminars.

AfricaLics is organising its second conference in Kigali, Rwanda from 17th -19th November, 2015. As part of the conference, AfricaLics invites PhD students in the areas of Innovation and Development to present their major findings, which meet the theme of the conference, through poster competitions. This is an opportunity for you to think about your research deeply and on ways of communicating it to senior scholars, and importantly to practitioners, policymakers and other audiences in a simplified way. It is also a chance to introduce yourself and your work to scholars in the wider field of innovation studies. The wining poster shall receive a $50 cash prize. Additionally, the best three posters of 2015 will be posted on the AfricaLics website.

Interested PhD students shall send an extended abstract (not more than 500 words) detailing the background of their research, the key problem being addressed, methods, the theoretical background, any results and implications of the study.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts will be August 7, 2015. The abstract themes shall be in line with the theme of the 2nd AfricaLics Conference, which can be found here. Abstracts shall be submitted using an online submission system available through the AfricaLics conference website. Abstracts should be submitted under the ‘PhD poster competition’ option within the online conference tool system.

Selected abstracts will be notified on August 14, 2015.

If successful, you will be needed to prepare and present a poster that summarizes the key aspects of your research to a non-specialist audience. The poster should have an elegant graphics that should catch the eyes of audiences. It should be A2 size, and preferably coloured. You need to print your poster and bring it with you.

The posters will be displayed and visited by all the participants of the conference during health break times and during a dedicated poster viewing session. Students will be expected to stand by their posters and provide additional expositions and answers to questions of interested viewers, including to selected panel of innovation scholars who will judge the posters. The results will be announced on 19th of November, 2015 during the closing session.