Einstein Forum to be hosted in Rwanda

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On 12 July 2017 saa 10:21
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The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) – Africa’s global forum for science in Africa –will be held in Kigali Convention Center, Rwanda from 26th-28th in March, 2018.

The NEF, an African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) initiative in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, is a global platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world – with the goal to leverage science for human development globally.

Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, NEF Chair and President and CEO of AIMS said after a successful NEF Global Gathering 2016, we are excited to launch the process to recruit the next class of Africa’s most brilliant young scientists.

“The first class, through their compelling presentations during the NEF Global Gathering in Dakar, demonstrated to the world that Africa is a source of cutting-edge research, life changing innovations and scientific leadership.”

“The NEF Fellows are changing perceptions, breaking barriers and inviting global collaboration that is necessary for Africa’s and the world’s development trajectory. We are so confident that this year we have expanded the number of NEF Fellows from fifteen to twenty spots,” Zomahoun disclosed

Application to the NEF Fellows programme is open to Africans from around the world - including those who currently reside in the Diaspora - in all fields of science, including the social sciences, humanities and technology fields.

Applicants must be under 42 years, hold a PhD and demonstrate a strong track record of research/findings that have a global impact.

Dr. Ingrid WuenningTschol, Senior Vice-President Strategy of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, which has partnered with AIMS to create the NEF, said: "As we saw in Senegal, the NEF Fellows are excellent representatives of their fields.

“They are doing brilliant research, mentoring the next generation of African scientists and they are showing the potential of Africa to the rest of the world, but also to the African leaders. As we open the new call for applications, we hope to ignite greater collaboration among scientists on the continent and globally. “

“We also believe that strengthening research on the African continent will have sustained positive impact for the world. We encourage all who qualify to apply to the NEF Fellows programme." Dr. Ingrid explained

The applications to the NEF Fellows programme will run from 15 November 2016 to 27 January 2017 and applications can be accessed at nef.org/fellows. The selected NEF Fellows will be announced in June 2017. To meet some of the current NEF Fellows
Einstein Forum was Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, will host biennial NEF Global Gatherings where hundreds of outstanding thinkers and distinguished stakeholders from around the world, will gather together in Africa, Kigali to leverage science for global development.
Last year, NEF signed a partnership agreement with the Government of Rwanda, to have the NEFprovide the framework for the establishment of an AIMS Centre of Excellence in Mathematical Sciences as well as a cutting-edge Quantum research centre in Kigali, a first for Africa.