UENR Maiden Faculty Research Retreat

UENR Maiden Faculty Research Retreat

2014 Call for Abstracts

The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) is organizing a Faculty Research Retreat under the theme: Sustainable Energy and Natural Resource Management: Key to Green Environment. This is the first in-house faculty retreat that will bring together all faculty members and seasoned resource persons in the disciplines of energy, natural resources, environment, engineering and natural sciences. The retreat is aimed at:

  1. Creating a platform for faculty to share research findings and ideas.
  2. Providing opportunity for improving faculty research proposal, fund raising and scientific publication skills.
  3. Institutionalizing the publication of faculty research findings through edited proceedings annually.
  4. Enhancing networking and effective communication among faculty members, seasoned researchers and academicians to reflect excellent teaching and research environment.

The faculty is hereby encouraged to submit abstracts that cover the theme from a variety of perspectives – within and across disciplines or fields related to: Energy and Environment; Natural Resources and Environment; Science, Engineering and Technology; Society (Humanities) and Environment;  Climate Change and Environment; Fire, Disaster Management and Environment; Governance, Legislation and Policy

Deadline for the submission of abstract: 30th June, 2014.
Date for the Retreat: August 6 – 8, 2014.
Venue:  Sheila’s Executive Hotel, Off Sunyani – Berekum Road.
Please Click Here for the Programme of Activities.

Abstract (not more than 350 words) should be sent to the Secretary, The Organizing Committee via not later than June 30, 2014. Email:  linda.mensah@uenr.edu.gh .

Brief Description of Sub-themes

  1. 1.      Energy and Environment

This sub-theme addresses topics that relate to current scientific innovations in the field of energy conservation and impacts on the environment. Abstracts should address issues such as:

  • Energy and environmental degradation
  • Renewable energy and environmental economics
  • Green economy and energy security
  • Environmental impacts of energy choices
  • Renewable energy sources and rural livelihood
  • Energy solutions for the extractive industry
  • Global investments in renewable and alternative energy
  • Projections and analysis of global energy landscape
  • Urban and industrial energy demand modeling
  • Development of non-traditional and renewable resources
  • Efficiency and save energy initiatives
  1. 2.      Natural Resources and Environment

This sub-theme seeks to explore issues related to the development and management of natural resources, governance as well as environmentally sound practices for sustainable development. Abstracts should address issues such as:

  • Environmental software tools and databases for natural resource management
  • Management of mineral resources and environmental sustainability
  • Oil/gas production and environmental impacts
  • Sustainable utilization of water, forest and wildlife resources
  • Protecting, preserving and conserving biodiversity
  • Community based-resource management and environment
  • Natural resource management and rural transformation
  • Natural resource and environmental governance.
  1. 3.      Science, Engineering and Technology in Green Environment

Abstracts in this sub-theme may include but not limited to following issues:

  • Technologies, innovations and processes that enhance green environment
  • Design and construction of facilities that promote environmental sustainability
  • Cutting-edge renewable energy technologies and environmental benefits;
  • Innovative water technology solutions
  • Investing in scientific research, technology and implication for green environment
  • Environmental impacts of new technologies in the production of crude oil and natural gas fields
  • Sustainable technologies and processes for urban and industrial wastewater treatment
  • Information and communication technology for energy optimization
  • Challenges in environmental science and engineering in the developing world
  1. 4.      Society (Humanities) and Environment

This track will address various dimensions of human, societies and environmental sustainability issues which may include any of the following:

  • Natural resource management and social processes
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Environmental conflict management
  • Environmental resources and sustainable rural livelihood
  • Environmental management and cultural sustainability
  • Sustainable businesses and corporate social responsibility
  • Projections and analysis of population growth and environmental impacts
  • Social and economic barriers to environmental sustainability
  • Building culture for environmental planning and resource management
  1. 5.      Climate Change and Environment

This track addresses topics related to:

  • Adaptation, vulnerability, mitigation, communication and information dissemination
  • Science of climate change
  • Climate change and land-use cover change
  • Climate change impacts on food security, water resources, natural ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Climate change and public health
  • Carbon sequestration, carbon trading, planning and decision support systems
  • Renewable energy and climate change impacts
  • Population growth and climate change impacts
  • National security and the threat of climate change
  • Climate change mitigation programs and best practices in Africa
  • Effective communication of climate change information to the public
  • Community adaptation to climate change in Africa
  • Climate change and environmental pollution
  • Climate change and risk management
  1. 6.      Fire, Disaster Management and Environment

This sub-theme explores issues relating to:

  • Pre/ post–disaster and environmental recovery
  • Disaster risk reduction and management
  • Fire and land-use cover change
  • Environmental cooperation for disaster management
  • Infrastructure disasters and human security
  • Vulnerability to natural hazards and disaster management
  • Disaster management, institutions and emergency planning
  • Disaster preparedness, response and long-term recovery activities
  • Disaster risk reduction and the application of geospatial and environmental technologies
  • International best practices disaster and emergency management.
  1. 7.      Governance, Legislation and Policy Issues

This track seeks to explore public policy issues and provides platform to review, critique and synthesis past and current regulatory requirements and environmental compliance. Abstracts are invited in the following areas of interest:

  • Energy systems and air pollution regulations
  • Mineral resource development and environmental policy
  • Oil and gas production and environmental policy
  • International energy agencies/institutions and climate change policies
  • Policy framework that promotes energy and environmental security
  • Ethics and governance in oil and gas production
  • Investment, governance and institutional arrangements for climate change mitigation
  • Natural resource administration and policy