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AC21 Legacy International Symposium


​​10 – 12 March 2024, Stellenbosch, South Africa

International research and education collaboration within SDG 3, 7 & 9 to contribute to a sustainable world.

Coordinated by the SU International and SDG/2063 Impact Hub alongside our International Higher Education Partners, the University of Strasbourg (France) and Freiburg (Germany). 

The calls will open as follows:

We are currently accepting intent to register as a delegate, syposium programme will follow 1​ February

​Call opens 
​Call close 
​Call for Abstracts 

​Registration for participants 

Researchers, emerging young scholars and postdocs are invited to participate in the Symposium through short presentations within each SDG track and to explore international education and research collaboration within the topics:


Keynote introduction: Prof. Bertrand Rose, Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Physics and Engineering

“From lean and green to lean and safe: seeking for more and more sustainable performance”
The combination of environmental performance and a continuous improvement approach aimed at the joint elimination of Lean and Green waste in production processes offers synergies and significant gains in both environmental and economic terms. The major problem with this combination lies in the implementation of ad hoc tools within manufacturing companies with different processes and cultural characteristics. In recent years, the emphasis has shifted from lean and green to lean and safety. Based on an ongoing analysis of the state of the art and surveys of best practices, our research work includes several evaluations and observations on industrial sites. The development of an adaptable deployment roadmap, highlighting the social aspects through the involvement and enhancement of employees, is thus presented.

Keynote introduction: Prof. Dr. Anke Weidlich, Chair for Control and Integration of Grids, Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering INATECH

“Pathways to Net Zero Energy Systems“
Strategies for net zero energy systems worldwide In recent times, several countries and regions across the globe established goals of attaining carbon neutrality within their economies. The energy sector plays a crucial role in realizing these objectives. Energy system models are valuable tools in charting out pathways towards carbon-free energy supplies, and an array of scenarios have recently been published on the basis of such models. In this talk, such scenarios are reviewed, their commonalities highlighted and their differences discussed. A special emphasis will be put on the role of renewable energy in general, and solar energy in particular. Furthermore, recent developments in clean energy investments are contrasted with the scenario pathways to identify demand for action.

Keynote introduction: Prof Bob Mash, Executive and Divisional Head, Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Stellenbosch University

“Health, climate change and primary health care”
Climate change has been labelled as the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century, and the health voice has been largely absent from the discourse on climate change and the environmental crisis. The health and social effects result from changes in air quality, food production, infectious disease exposure, access to fresh water and natural hazards, including extreme weather events. The health and social consequences are enormous and include effects on malnutrition, migration and displacement, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, mental health, injuries and trauma. People and politicians are, however, sensitive to challenges to their future health and the health of populations. The health consequences can be an important lever for change. Africa is expected to be severely impacted by these health and social consequences. Primary health care (PHC), is the foundation of all health systems, and the most responsive to the needs of communities. In Africa,  PHC must be able to respond to the changing needs of populations, to disasters and extreme events, and be resilient enough to continue working in the face of the same environmental challenges as the communities they serve. Overall, research on climate change and primary health care in Africa is scanty, as shown by our recent scoping review, that identified 10 key research questions that align with the WHO’s guidance on climate-resilient health systems. We are addressing some of these research questions already and welcome collaborations to address others.


Each Track will have a 3 hour session at the Symposium starting with the presentation from the keynote speaker and discussion (45 minutes). This will be followed by 2-3 panels with short presentations (10-15 minutes each) related/within the broad topic introduced by die keynote speaker.

There is no conference registration fee and SUI will cover the attendance fees.

Stellenbosch University will also invite participants from partners in Africa to contribute to the programme and discussions.


Call for abstracts currently open
17 January 2024 Closing date for abstracts 

1 February 2024 Final programme announced, call for participants to attend opens – submit your application here 

11 February 2024 Final registration for participants​



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