On the heels of a successful Africa Science Week, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has announced that its 2018 global gathering will be held on 26-28 March 2018. An initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, NEF will hold its second global forum for science in Kigali, Rwanda, under the patronage of H.E. President Paul Kagame.
“We’ve started the countdown to the NEF Global Gathering 2018 where more than a thousand of Africa’s and the world’s brightest minds will gather to highlight the contributions of Africa’s scientists and innovators to the global scientific community, discuss good science policy and how to go from policy to implementation and see the impact of global scientific research on daily life. Our aim is to highlight a holistic approach to doing science and technology, one that encourages cutting edge research and development, incubation as well as commercialization with a central focus on how science can help achieve sustainable development and reduce poverty and inequality,” says Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President and CEO and NEF Chair.
The NEF Global Gathering 2018, in line with the NEF’s Dakar Declaration, will focus on four areas under the central theme of Connecting Science to Humanity: Connectivity, Ubiquity and Mobility; Precision Health; Climate, Energy, Food and Growth; and building Africa’s Scientific Capacity. Participants will hear from Nobel laureates and renowned scientists, early career researchers and budding innovators, policy and civil society leaders, and leaders of industry.
“The government of Rwanda is happy to co-host the NEF Global Gathering 2018 as it falls in line with our commitment to making Rwanda a knowledge based economy and a regional science and innovation hub. We have invested heavily in attracting scientific and technological talent as we build the country’s scientific base and the Next Einstein Forum is part of several initiatives that are helping do just that. We are planning exciting side events that will inspire young students as well as up and coming researchers,” says Hon. Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri, Rwanda’s Minister of Education.
NEF Global Gatherings include exciting sessions such as NEF Fellow Spotlight, live online discussions with special guests, discovery sessions that unpack ground breaking discoveries and NEF’s signature continental innovation competition.
“We’re excited to be an organization that is focused on building the pipeline of African researchers and innovators. More than 50% of the inaugural NEF Global Gathering 2016 held in Dakar, Senegal, were under the age of 42 and we expect nothing less for this edition. As well, beyond participation, we have committed to having women take up at least 40% of speaker spots. We believe this will enrich our discussions and conclusions,” further says Mr. Zomahoun.
Side events will focus on bringing science to the public through tech events, public lectures and other cultural events. A preliminary programme will be available in September 2017.