June 1 - 2, 2017 | Accra, Ghana

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.
  • 07.30 GMT Registration

  • 08.00 - 10.00 GMT Exhibition / Innovation session

    Industry / Students
  • 10.10 - 10.50 GMT Opening Ceremony

    Ministers- MOE,MOFA, MOH,MESTI,
    AGI / Chamber of Commerce
  • 11.00 - 12.00 GMT Panel Discussion 1

    University Private Sector Forums:

    Bridging the Skills gap between Academia and Industry / Market

  • 12.00 -12.40 GMTLunch

  • 12.45 -1.45 GMT Panel Discussion 2

    Ministers Panel:

    Driving a Common Agenda-Are we facilitating a job creation process effectively

  • 1.50 - 2.50 GMT Exhibition/ Innovation session 2

    Industry/ Students
  • 3.00 GMTClosing Remarks

    Chair of Event

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We believe that everyone deserves a thoroughly pleasant conference experience, regardless of who they are. We adhere to the AAU Code of Conduct and expect that all of our speakers, attendees, sponsors, and volunteers will do the same.

2017 Partners

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