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2022 SDD-UBIDS Business and Development Conference

THEME: Leveraging Applied Research In Higher Education To Address Contemporary Developmental Issues

A strong nexus exists between research and development. Countries that focus and spend on research tend to achieve high developmental status. Universities are not ‘ivory towers’ disconnected from the practical concerns of citizens’ everyday life. Through applied research, universities provide credible and concrete research findings that inform policy- and offer innovative solutions to national challenges that have the potential to facilitate developmental leapfrogging. The theme of Research Conference 2022, ‘Leveraging applied research in higher education to address contemporary developmental issues’, provides a platform to bring together local and international scholars to share knowledge and innovations pertaining to development.

Submission of abstracts and all correspondence should be done through this email address: conference@ubids.edu.gh and Cc: galenoma@ubids.edu.gh and fdapilah@ubids.edu.gh


Abstract sub-themes

All accepted abstracts will be compiled and published as an e-book.

Extended abstracts are welcome under any of the following themes:

  1. ICT for sustainable development in the era of covid-19
  2. Cyber security, artificial intelligence, big data and digital communities
  3. Health and business informatics
  4. Policies, legislations and innovations for good land governance
  5. Urban development and spatial planning: challenges and innovations
  6. Housing, development infrastructure, real estate and facility management
  7. Peace, security and governance
  8. Trade, monetary policy and economic development
  9. Gender, conflict and social inequalities
  10. Assessment and teaching pedagogies in contemporary education
  11. Educational policy, sustainable financing, inequality and social integration
  12. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  13. Climate change, sustainable agriculture and disaster management
  14. Environmental policy and natural resource governance
  15. Critical, everyday life, diversities and collective behaviour
  16. Population, migration, and local economic development
  17. Local and indigenous knowledge systems in sustainable livelihoods
  18. Social policy, social work and social protection
  19. Poverty, livelihood and rural development
  20. Gender, conflict and social inequalities
  21. Health, energy and agricultural economics
  22. Sustainability and business in society
  23. Entrepreneurship and internationalisation of businesses of African origin
  24. Capital development and financial economics
  25. Procurement, supply chain services and client satisfaction
  26. Tourism /hospitality for development in the post-covid-19 epoc

This list is by no means exhaustive. Other topics relevant to the central conference theme are welcome.

Submissions are invited for:

  • Extended abstracts (for both empirical or conceptual papers)
  • Thesis proposal (for Postgraduate Researchers only)

*Note: The best paper, poster and thesis proposal will be awarded Prizes

Presentation Type:

  • Oral
  • Poster

Important Dates  

  • Submission of Abstracts: July 22- September 10, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance:  August 31, 2022
  • Registration for Conference: September 1-30, 2022
  • Conference Dates:  November 2-4, 2022
  • Postgraduate Workshop: November 2, 2022

Conferences Fees


Category Fee






GH₵ 250.00


      $ 100.00



GH₵ 100.00


       $ 50.00

Email enquiries: conference@ubids.edu.gh

Telephonic enquiries: +233 20 338 7569 (Prof. M.O.Dassah)

+233 24 166 9461 (Ms G.Y. Dassah)

Note: The fees include conference materials, snack and lunch for 2 days and Gala Dinner at the end of the conference.

Please pay using the following methods

Direct Bank Deposit/Transfer

Account Name: SDD-UBIDS5
Account Number: 1041000000898
Bank: Access Bank
Branch: Wa
Swift code: ABNGGHAC

MTN Mobile Money

+233 24494 4811 (Dr Felicia Naatu)

Author Submission Guidelines

Authors are strongly advised to carefully read the following guidelines before submitting abstracts for consideration. Failure do so may lead to desk rejection. Your abstract should be informative and written in accessible language for the readership.

Preparation of extended abstract (Empirical research and conceptual papers)

An extended abstract has a word limit of 500 words excluding references.

Title/Topic of study                                              – 12-15 words

Introduction/problem/purpose of study      –  100 – 150 words

Methods                                                                   –  100 – 150 words

Results/Discussion                                               –  100 – 150 words

Conclusion and implications                               – 50 words maximum

Follow this link for more details


Formatting style:

  • References: APA 7th Edition Referencing Style
  • Times New Roman
  • Font size 12
  • 5-line spacing
  • Standard margins (1 inch top, bottom, right and left)
  • English Language: Standard British English
  • File type: MS word document only


  • Please create your poster in A2 size using a suitable template
  • Use PowerPoint to create your poster
  • Your poster should not be wordy
  • It should be visually appealing and graphically informative
  • Follow the link on how to prepare a poster

Preparation of proposal for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) only

Your proposal should cover the areas: 1) problem statement, 2) literature review, 3) conceptual development, 4) proposed methodology, 5) anticipated results, and 6) References.  The word count for a proposal is between 800-1000 words and must be submitted along with an abstract (100-150 words). All PGRs will present their proposals orally during the PGR workshop session and receive feedback from subject experts and mentors.

Follow link on how to format your proposal

Organizing Team

1.    Prof. Maurice Oscar Dassah  (CHAIRMAN)
2.    Dr. Frederick Dayour
3.    Dr. Elijah Yendaw
4.    Dr. Abubakari Ahmed
5.    Mr. Ophelius Mhaaneeh Yinyeh
6.    Dr. Jane Frances Lobnibe
7.    Dr. Felicia Naatu
8.   Dr. Millicent Akateeba
9.   Dr. Constance Akurugu
10. Dr. Isaac Dery
11. Manacia Sefakor Asamoah
12. Grace Yirimaalu Dassah
13. David Ackah





Conference date: November 2-4, 2022

Empirical and conceptual abstracts are invited

Type and Structure of Abstracts

Type of abstract:     Extended



  1. Title/Topic of study (12-15 words). This should be concise and informative.
  2. Provide full names of author(s) and affiliation(s) and email address of the corresponding author.
  3. Indicate the type of presentation: Oral or Poster
  4. Main theme under which submission is done.

The body of the abstract should caption the following sections:  

Introduction (100 – 150 words): Describe the problem, gap in literature and purpose/objective of study.

Methodology (100 – 150 words): describe the methods of sampling, data collection and analysis in the case of empirical abstracts and the review approach in the   case of conceptual abstract.


  1. Format: must be in extended format
  2. Length: a maximum of 300 words and a maximum of 500 words in British Standard English
  3. Structure: the following headings provide the structure, but the headings themselves should not be written in the text: Introduction/Purpose, Problem Statement, Methods, Findings/Discussion and Conclusion/Implications
  4. Theme font: Times New Roman, Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5
  5. Submission: email to: conference@ubids.edu.gh

Posters: we welcome from Postgraduate Students only (Viewing on November 3, 2022)

Structure: Refer to ‘Headings under which posters must be presented’


General aim and format of a poster presentation:

  • A poster is a graphically-based approach for presenting research
  • The aim is that the poster is used to generate active discussions
  • Keep it simple! Do not try to cover too many points/ arguments – the best poster presentations make just a few significant points.
  • Think about your central message
  • You are required to include text as well as visuals


  • Keep the text brief: Limit the text to about one-fourth of the poster space
  • Blocks of text should not exceed three paragraphs
  • Use text to:
    • Introduce the approach to the topic
    • Explain visuals
    • Direct viewers’ attention to significant data trends and findings
    • State and explain the interpretations that follow from the data
  • Conclusions can be summarised in a bullet-point list
  • Cite and reference all sources of information that are not your own
  • All text needs to be word-processed
  • Text should be readable from five feet away


  • Present numerical data in form of graphs (think about what type of graph is best for the type of data you are presenting)
  • Photos and other graphical material serve to inform your audience and provide an adequate balance between text and graphs
  • Make sure that the visuals and the text are integrated
  • Visuals should be numbered consecutively and each visual should have a brief title

Other design and layout specifications

  • Use colours thoughtfully
  • Display poster title and your names
  • Sections can refer to e.g.
  • Title
  • Problem definition and purpose
  • Conceptual development
  • Results (what is the central message of the results? Here graphical material might be introduced)
  • Discussion (what is the finding you want your audience to remember? And why should they care?)
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • References (e.g., 5-10 references – and focus on papers that are germane)

Guide for the Preparation of PGR Workshop Proposals


Follow the guidelines carefully in formatting your proposal. Use font size 12, Times New Roman and 1.5-point line spacing; with 6 points before and after each paragraph. Proposals should be structured as follows: 1) problem definition; 2) literature review; 3) conceptual development; 4) proposed methodology; 5) anticipated results; and 6) references (replace this file’s first level-headings with this structure). The abstract should be between 100 and 150 words.

Writing Style

The proposal must be written in the third person and in British English (i.e., colour rather than colour or organisation rather than organization).  Authors should use straightforward declarative sentences, making every effort to help readers understand the concepts presented. Please explain any acronyms or abbreviations clearly.

Manuscript Length

Your proposals must not exceed 1000 words and not less than 800 words excluding references. Maintain standard margins of 1 inch left, right, top and down.


Authors must use Times New Roman typeface throughout.


Please see the table below for details of how to format headings.


Heading level Example Type size, style and line spacing Paragraph Spacing
Title (Align left) Type Theory Title case, 13 point, bold font 0 point before, 5 point after, single spaced
Author’s name (align left) R. L. Constable Title case, 10 point, normal font 5 point before and after, single spaced
1st‑level heading 1 Introduction; References Sentence case, 12 point, bold font 10 point before and 5 point after, single spaced
2nd‑level heading 2.1 Heading Sentence case, 12 point, bold font 5 point before and after, single spaced
3rd‑level heading Typing rules. Text follows Sentence case, 12 point, bold font 5 point before and after, single spaced
4th‑level heading Remarks: Text follows Sentence case, 12 point, italic font 5 point before and after, single spaced
Normal text This is an example of normal text. Sentence case, 12 point, normal font 5 point before and after, single spaced
Figure heading (Align left) Fig. 2. An example Sentence case, 12 point, , bold font for word “Fig” and number 5 point before, 10 point after, single spaced
Table heading (Align left) Table 1. An example Title case, 12 point, bold font for word “Table” and number 10 point before and after, single spaced
Table text This is an example of text in a table. Sentence case, 10 point, normal font 0 point before and after, exactly 10 pt spacing


Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be incorporated directly into the text, centred between the margins specified above.  Larger tables or figures may be presented in landscape format.  All tables, figures or other illustrations should be original.  Please do not incorporate material scanned from other sources.  A figure or table may precede the reference to it in the text. No figure or table should be after the References section.

Figures. Normally, figures will be black line reproductions. Please number figures consecutively (word “Fig.” and the title of the figure in bold).  Align to left below the figures.

Tables. Type all parts of tables in 12-point type and 1.5 line spacing. Align left table captions above tables (word “Table” and number of the table in bold) and number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3). Always type the word “Table” in full when making reference to it in the text.

Page Numbering

Do a centred numbering of your pages

Referencing and Citation

Format in the text and at the end of the text using the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition). Bibliography is not permissible.

Headings under which posters should be structured


Download these documents here

Download Poster Guide
Download Posters Structured
Download PGR_Workshop_Author_GUIDE
Download Registration Form