The First International Congress of Young Researchers on Africa (CIJIA) was held as part of the Third Congress on Sustainable Development (CoDeS) the 4th of October 2019. The main objective of this congress was to generate spaces of learning and debate for young researchers, as well as to give visibility to the new generations within the Academy. Both undergraduate and master students, doctoral students and young doctors attended.
The I CIJIA became a success for two reasons. First, it was the first congress of its kind held in Spain, and there was no other similar event focused on young researchers on Africa. In addition, different universities and research groups were subsequently interested in the format. Secondly, more than 50 papers were sent, from which a total of 35 were selected. The participants came from different institutions: Spanish (Granada, Salamanca, Valladolid, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Barcelona, Asturias...), Portuguese (Coimbra and Lisbon) and even African, as two researchers from Togo attended.
Of the contributions that were presented at the I CIJIA, a total of 17 were chosen for publication in an online book format by the University of Valladolid Publishing Service. The selection was made on the basis of the novelty of the research topic addressed and its academic quality. This volume, under the title: `África, un continente en transformación. Enfoques interdisciplinares (2020)´ and coordinated by César García Andrés, Jara Cuadrado Bolaños and Pablo Arconada Ledesma, is available at the following link: