Aims and scope

Africa and Latin America share great challenges concerning reliable and affordable supply of clean water and sustainable energy. Addressing these challenges can be done most effectively if academia, industry, governments and non-governmental organizations from different regions join forces. This motivates the establishment of a platform to be launched during the BALEWARE 2016 conference, where stakeholders from Africa, Latin America and Europe can interact.
The BALEWARE 2016 conference will focus on scientific, technical and organizational innovations on water purification and clean water supply, innovations on sustainable energy generation and distributions, and innovation that combine both areas challenges. It is expected to include training sessions for young researchers, academic research presentations, panel discussions for policy makers and non-governmental organizations, table top presentation demonstrating industrial innovations and a match-making session. Field visits to relevant projects or companies are also foreseen. Initiated on the 29th of May 2015 at the Federal University of Parana, Curitiba Brazil, by Daniel A. M. Egbe, the coordinator of the African Network for Solar Energy (, BALEWARE is a follow up of the EU funded project NMP-DeLA on Deployment of Nanotechnology, Materials and Production Technologies for Health, Water and Energy in Latin America ( As such, BALEWARE will promote joint initiatives and research proposals on Energy and Water for succeeding in the incoming public funding such as Horizon 2020 and any potential private funding (such as those open by different kind of private or bank foundations). Download the call for papers and sponsorship

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Target audiences

We welcome participation of researchers from Africa, Latin America and Europe, policy makers, industry manufacturing relevant systems as well as African start-ups developing technological solutions, NGOs and in particular students. Download the call for papers

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Call for papers

We invite oral and poster presentations on technological, economic and societal aspects of innovative solutions for African and Latin American communities in the field of sustainable energy for clean water. Papers discussing results or strategies for international cooperation involving African, Latin American and European partners are especially welcome. Students are invited to present their own project or organise student exchanges. Download the call for papers and sponsorship

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Call for young scientists and entrepreneurs 

BELAWARE recognizes the importance of engaging and including young scientists and entrepreneurs in addressing global challenges in the energy and water sector. We invite young scientists and entrepreneurs to participate in the conference to showcase their projects and ideas. 10 scientists and entrepreneurs will be selected to participate in the planned Science Slam competition.

Criteria for applying
•    Applicants should not be older than 35 years and be based in Africa, Latin America or the EU
•    Applicants will be evaluated on the soundness and application of their business initiative/research (bare concept ideas will not be considered)
•    Business/Research that also demonstrates a sustainable environmental and socio-economic dimension will be favoured

How to apply
•    The application for the slam should be submitted by e-mail to
•    Researchers should follow the baleware 2016 abstract template but should indicate at the bottom if they wish to be considered for the science slam
•    Entrepreneurs should write a short summary (250-300 words; in English) of the work you are doing as a response to a specific energy or water related topic. If available, send us links to your projects. Include a CV (resume) in English with references.

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Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities

To be held on December 11– 13 at  Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), (Arusha, Tanzania), the exhibit will be convenient to the technical session rooms and scheduled to coincide with the technical program. For exhibitors, it will mean an excellent opportunity to meet just the right customers, local population and disseminate information effectively. For conference attendees and local population, the BALEWARE 2016 exhibition will offer the convenience of visiting with multiple vendors all under one roof and meet face-to-face with company representatives. Download the call for sponsors and exhibitors

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