CARTA Conference 2023

As our tenth cohort graduates, CARTA is thrilled to be hosting the inaugural CARTA Conference 2023, which will take place on September 14-15, 2023, at the School of Public Health Auditorium, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This year’s conference is themed “Building Bridges: Strengthening Research Capacity for Sustainable Development in Africa,” reflecting our commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and long-term impact in the region.

The CARTA 2023 Conference will celebrate the exceptional work of the CARTA family. The conference provides a platform to showcase the work and innovations of the program, the CARTA early career researchers (ECRs), and partner institutions. It will also provide an opportunity to learn from our past work to inform the future of CARTA. 

The agenda will maximize engagement and knowledge-sharing and bring together fellows across all ten cohorts, facilitators, focal persons, individuals engaged in CARTA activities across partner institutions, funders, and other stakeholders engaged in capacity-strengthening initiatives on the continent. 

On the first day, we will have the Wits School of Public Health/CARTA Research Day, where CARTA ECRs will have the opportunity to present their research alongside the Wits research community. The conference will provide a unique platform for CARTA fellows to expand their networks. 

The second day focuses on the CARTA program, showcasing its interventions, approaches, innovations, and impact. 

Come join us and be inspired by the collaborative spirit that drives CARTA’s mission.

Program and Abstracts
Wits School of Public Health/CARTA Research Day (September 14)

CARTA fellows and the Wits research community are invited to submit abstracts in any of the following five sub-themes: 

  • Re-imagining Occupational and Environmental Health 
  • Social and Commercial Determinants of Health 
  • Population Health Perspectives of Communicable & non-Communicable Diseases 
  • Re-imagining Health Systems for Resilience 
  • Innovative Public Health Teaching and Research Methodologies 

Submission Deadline: June 26, 2023

To learn more about the call for abstracts, themes, and submissions, CLICK HERE. Note that, fellows who submit abstracts for Research Day must also apply for attendance sponsorship, which can be done HERE.

The CARTA Day (September 15)

The day will feature:

  • A Keynote Address
  • Panel discussion: Funding and Fundraising for Research Capacity Strengthening in Africa
  • Launch of the CARTA Curriculum
  • Oral Session: Securing the Future of Early Career Researchers – The CARTA Postdoctoral Program
  • Oral Session: Training and Facilitation – Lessons from the CARTA Program
  • Oral Session: Enhancing the Engagement of Researchers with Society
  • Showcasing of the CARTA Research Hubs
  • Oral Session: Chronicles of CARTA Fidelity – Insights from CARTA Fellows

This session has a call for abstracts, which is open to CARTA fellows/graduates only. CLICK HERE for details and submission of abstracts. Deadline: June 23, 2022

  • Poster Session: Showcasing of Institutional Interventions and Innovations

This session has a call for abstracts, which is open to African partner institutions – focal persons, faculty members, graduates, and facilitators. CLICK HERE for details and submission of abstracts. Deadline: June 30, 2023