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The 8th Annual Energy Africa Conference to be held at Colorado School of Mines from October 29 to 30, 2015 at the Green Center. The conference will bring together high level government officials, business executives, engineers, investors, energy professionals, academicians and students from Africa and all over the world to dialog, collaborate, and invest in the work needed to supply clean, reliable, accessible, affordable and sustainable energy in Africa largely by leveraging natural gas and renewable energy sources.

In this regard, the African Energy and Development Initiative (AFEDI) in collaboration with the Energy Africa Conference are inviting student submissions for poster presentations to be displayed alongside the conference. The posters will provide attendees with a more complete understanding of how graduate and undergraduate students from various institutions are incorporating the pillars of sustainability (economic, social, and environmental) in addressing current and future needs in their design, research, practice, business and other practices.  The submission must explain how these pillars and the needs of future generations have been integrated in the analysis or practice to be presented.  It is recommended that authors include a section (one slide) on potential challenges in applying your research in Africa or policy recommendations in relation to your work.

Submission Instructions: Submissions should be made here and must contain an abstract of no more than 350 words summarizing the content of the poster, along with the title and a listing of all authors, with their institutional affiliations and contact information.

Abstract Deadline: The deadline for abstract submission is September 15, 2015. For inquiries, contact Zira John – or Dr. Derrick Hudson – Write “Energy Africa Conference Poster Abstract” in the subject line of the e-mail. There will be a rolling review and acceptance process. All submissions will receive a final decision by September 25, 2015. The author(s) and presenter(s) of all accepted posters will be automatically registered for the conference free of charge.

Poster Session: Posters will be displayed throughout the two-day event. The author(s) will give a short overview of their poster and answer any questions. It is the responsibility of the author to bring their poster and mount it before the conference begins. The Colorado School of Mines’ copy center will provide free printing of the posters.

Poster Awards: Poster awards will be given for the best poster among the entries. The winner and runners-up for the best student poster award will be announced during the conference luncheon on October 30, 2015. The author(s) of the best student poster will receive $1,000.00. The prizes for the runners-up will be $600.00 and $400.00 respectively.

Networking Opportunities:The Energy Africa conference provides tremendous opportunities for students to network with luminaries in the energy industry. Past attendees of the conference include Chevron, Anadarko, Shell, US Department of Energy and the World Bank, among others.   The invited speakers (yet to be confirmed) are Lonnie Johnson, the investor of the super soaker water gun (,  Kofi Anan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations and Thabo Mbeki, the former President of South Africa.

Click here to submit your poster presentation.