3 - 4 July, 2019 | Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is organizing the African Research and Innovation Summit (ARIS) for Post Graduate Student Researchers in Africa as part of the activities leading to the celebration of the Golden Jubilee and General Conference of the Association of African Universities.

The Research and Innovation Summit is designed to create a platform for students in the higher education community to share their research findings, innovations and best practices in the areas of Science, Technology, Education, Healthcare and Agriculture with industry players, government officials and other stakeholders. The summit is also aimed to establish a stronger linkage between Government / Industry and education for sustainable development.

2017 Headliners

The Headline Stage is where the gods of the industry, the disrupters-in-chief , today’s agenda setters and doers inspire you, challenge you and amaze you. Have a look at who will be joining us this year, and look out for other exciting announcements soon...


June 1

Day 1 of the event is dedicated for exhibition and innovation.
Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their innovations and inventions in the areas of Science, Technology, Agriculture, Education and Health with Industry players, Government officials, Chamber of Commerce etc.
  • 8:30am - 9:00amRegistration / Arrival of Guests and Participants

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Science, Technology, Innovation and Arts Fair/ Exhibition Strategic Networking

  • 10:00am - 11:00am Opening Ceremony

    The National Anthem (EGYPT)
    AAU Anthem
    Introduction of Guests and Dignitaries

    Opening Remarks
    1. Secretary General of AAU- Prof. Etienne Ehile
    2. President of Al-Azhar University
    3. President of Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
    4. President of Research Institution in Egypt (Private Sector)
    5. A Vice Chancellor/President from an Egyptian Universities

    Good Will Message:
    1. Members of the Diplomatic Corps
    2. Ambassador of Ghana in Egypt
    3. Key industry player

    Key Note Addresses
    Minister of Higher Education in Egypt Minister,
    Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and Innovations in Egypt

    Chairperson: TBD
  • 11:00am -11: 30am PLENARY PRESENTATION

    The Role of Graduate Researchers in Achieving the Africa We Want: Agenda 2063
    Kwesi Acquah Sam - Directorate of Research and Academic Planning, Association of African Universities
  • 11:30am -12:00pmHealth Break

  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm PANEL DISCUSSION 1

    Promoting Quality Culture and innovation in Post Graduate Research in African Universities

  • 1.50pm - 2.50pm LUNCH

  • 2:30pm - 4:00pmPANEL DISCUSSION 2

    Investment sources and industry partnerships for Graduate Research in African Universities

  • 4:00pm - 5:30pmPANEL DISCUSSION 3

    Communication and Commercialization of Graduate Research Output in Africa:

  • 5: 30pm Reporting and Closing Remarks: Chairman

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2017 Partners

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