A two-day international conference on the theme ‘Sustainability and Environmental Management’ has been held at the International House auditorium, University of Ghana from 15th-16th February 2017. The conference dubbed "Sustainability Dialogue” was organized by the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) in partnership with the Department of Computing Science, Carl Von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. The idea for the conference emanated from a meeting of the Doctoral Network in Environmental Management Information System (DEMIS) partners in Oldenburg, Germany in 2016. DEMIS comprises doctoral students and academic advisors as well as coordinators from Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany, University of Ghana, Universidade Pedagógica, Mozambique and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania.
In his opening address, Prof. Daniel Asiedu (Provost, College of Basic and Applied Sciences) noted that the conference marked another step by the University of Ghana to strengthen its academic collaboration and also demonstrated its commitment to create the platform for disseminating research findings, particularly by young scholars and academics.
He further made a called for a new research direction and models in the face of the complex sustainability and environment challenges.
The conference brought together researchers and industry players to discuss and share ideas and research findings on key aspects of sustainability and environmental management. Experts in diverse fields and professions including Environmental Scientists, Computer Scientists, Industrial Engineers, Technology Specialist, Electrical Engineers, Industrialists, Business men, Economists, Policy Experts, Marketers and students, from Ghana, U.S.A, Benin Republic, Czech Republic, Germany, Tanzania, Mozambique, Tunisia, and Cameroun participated in the conference.
Participants took part in panel discussion focused on bridging the gap between sustainability theory and practice. Over 40 key research papers on various aspects of Sustainability and Environmental Management were presented during the conference.
There was also an exhibition of sustainable technologies and products by participating companies as well as research results and outcomes by academic units.