1st Congress – Bridge To Africa

BRIDGE to AFRICA - 1er Congress

21-25 MAY. 2024

Dear researchers:

Coinciding with the International Africa Day (May 25th) and the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, our institution is launching a strategic project to constitute a global knowledge platform with the African continent.

As an initial event, the Bridge to Africa event will take place from 20 to 25 May in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in which different cultural events, lectures, technical presentations and the First Bridge to Africa Congress will be organised.

  • After the Welcome, on 20 January, this event will take place in four thematic sessions or axes, over four days, where each day will focus on one of the following themes:
  • On Tuesday 21 May, the day will be dedicated to the Environment Axis, in which aspects related to risks, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, sustainability and environmental regeneration, energy, oceans, or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be developed.
  • Wednesday 22 May will focus on the Health Axis, including the “One Health” perspective, addressing aspects not only of research but also of cooperation and education.
  • Thursday 23 May will be the Social Axis, incorporating reflections and studies on immigration, governance, gender, leadership, activism, politics, LGTB, culture and social innovation.
  • On Friday 24 May, the Economic Axis will deal with aspects related to circular economy, sustainable tourism, investment, resilience, mobility, innovation, entrepreneurship, young talent, among other topics.
  • The conference will end on 25 May with the celebration of Africa Day.

As a result of these conferences, and in order to broaden their dissemination, a book edited by the ULPGC will be published, which will bring together the main advances shared by the guest speakers, researchers and technicians. Contributions may be extensive (8 pages), short communications (2 pages) and abstracts of the posters presented. The language chosen for the conference and this publication will be Spanish and English, although it will be possible to facilitate translation into other languages. On the other hand, the contributions selected by the Scientific Committee of the “Bridge to Africa” will be funded for publication in journals selected by the ULPGC with open access and impact index. For this purpose, selected papers must be submitted in English.

We encourage you to send us, from now on, the presentation of your work related to these topics. For accreditation purposes, we remind you that the ULPGC appears in ANNEX II of the ie-CSIC list of publishers (2017) with an “average” value.

Technical conditions for submission.


  • Word document (5000 characters)
    • Topic chosen (Environment, Health, Social or Economic)
    • Title – Subtitle
    • Speaker – Institution
    • Abstract in English (250 words)
    • Keywords
    • Text (Introduction/Methodology, Conclusions/Discussion).
    • Format: Point size 10,5. Normal margins: Top 2.5; Bottom 2.5; Right: 3; Left 3cm.
    • Images
    • Bibliography


  • PDF (Maximum size 5mb)
  • Dimensions: A1
  • Topic of choice (Environment, Health, Social or Economic)
  • Title – Subtitle
  • Speaker – Institution

Important: Send the papers and/or posters to the email bridgetoafrica@ulpgc.es

Organising Committee

  • Jin Taira, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation, Mobility and International Projection (VIMPI), ULPGC.
  • Germán Santana, Coordinator of the Africa Area, VIMPI, ULPGC.
  • Nasara Cabrera, Prof. ULPGC
  • Mª del Pino Palacios, GEOVOL IUNAT (Dept. Animal Production) / Secretary
  • Lidia Esther Robaina, GIA, ECOAQUA
  • Fina Ramal, Prof. Health Sciences
  • Marta González Quevedo, Lecturer in Translation ULPGC
  • María del Carmen Cabrera Santana, GEOVOL, IUNAT (Dept. of Physics)
  • Ayose Castro Alonso, Morphology Dept.
  • Rayco Guedes Alonso, AQMA, IUNAT
  • Vanesssa Mendoza Grimón, GEOVOL (Dept. Animal Production)
  • Sarah Montesdeoca Esponda, AQMA, IUNAT

Scientific Committee

Marisol Izquierdo, Vice Rector of Research


  • UNESCO Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development, ULPGC / Dir. Carmelo Javier León González
  • UNESCO Chair in Research, Planning and Development of Local Health Systems, ULPGC / Mercedes Rguez. Rguez, Prof. Contratada Doctora del Departamento de Geografía Humana, ULPGC.
  • UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Democracy, ULPGC / Dir. Daniel Montesdeoca
  • UNESCO Chair of Marine and Coastal Sustainability, ULPGC / Dir. Javier Arístegui Ruiz

University Institutes.

  • University Institute of Textual Analysis and Applications (IATEXT) / Gregorio Rodríguez
  • University Institute of Cybernetics, Business and Society (IUCES) / Antonia Mercedes García Cabrera
  • University Institute for Environmental Studies and Natural Resources (IUNAT) / Pedro Sosa Henríquez
  • University Institute for Research in Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (ECOAQUA) / Lidia E. Robaina Robaina
  • University Institute of Biomedical and Health Research (IUIBS) / Gloria González Azpeitia
  • University Institute of Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) / Tomás Bautista
  • University Institute of Oceanography and Global Change (IOCAG) / Santiago Manuel Hernández León
  • University Institute of Animal Health and Food Safety (IUSA) / Enrique Rodríguez Grau-Bassas
  • University Institute of Intelligent Systems and Numerical Applications in Engineering (SIANI) / Orlando Fco Maeso Fortuny
  • University Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (IUTIDES) / Matías M. González Hernández
  • University Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communications (IDETIC) / Petra de Saá Pérez

The registration fees for the congress are as follows

    • Free registration
    • Free registration
    • Free registration

In order to register, please fill in the following form

Access to the registration form

  • 20th March – Deadline for submission of papers and posters
  • 28th March – Delivery of the March Committee resolution
  • 29th March – Notification of accepted posters and papers sent out
  • 21 April – Deadline for registration payment
  • 22 April – Publication of the Bridge to Africa programme of papers and posters.