4 March 2016
The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal,
from 8 to 10 March 2016, and the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global
call for support for Africa's scientific and technological emergence.
Its video asks the question: "Can the next Einstein come from Africa?". It calls on
game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa's scientific
Watch the video "Can the next Einstein come from Africa?":
The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016, the African global science and
technology forum, is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together
leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology. The first edition of this biennial
event will set the stage for a conversation on transforming Africa and
through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation.
The NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in
partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
"At more than 700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them
young people and 40% women, we are expecting a truly global forum that discusses
opportunities, innovations, and solutions," said Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF chair
and president and chief executive of AIMS.
"The NEF Global Gathering will unveil Africa's global contributions to science and
technology and as the forum opens on International Women's Day, we will
specifically acknowledge the contributions and address the challenges faced by
The NEF Global Gathering 2016 will showcase the innovations and contributions of
the NEF's 15 Fellows – some of Africa's brightest young scientists who are on
frontline of Africa's science renaissance. Flying under the radar, these scientists
have been tackling some the continent's most urgent technological and development
challenges – from big data and cybersecurity to hypertension, heart disease,
immunology and public health.
"A great idea can come from anywhere in the world, and there is no doubt that new
and novel scientific ideas to solve global health challenges will come from Africa,"
said Seema Kumar, the vice-president of innovation, global health and science
policy at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the NEF International Steering
Committee. Johnson & Johnson is sponsor of the gathering.
"The scientific talent in Africa is outstanding with the potential to produce the next
Einstein, Pasteur or Madame Curie. The world needs the best science from across
the globe to solve the medical challenges of our lifetime like HIV, TB, and other
infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika virus, and
non-communicable diseases like
hypertension and diabetes."
In addition, for the first time in history, all 54 African countries will come together
to talk science and technology, each represented by NEF ambassadors who will
work to raise awareness about science and technology in their countries.
With a programme that focuses on advances in basic and applied science and
technology as well as an innovation pitching competition, a presidential panel with
President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and sessions
with ground-breaking scientists and inventors, the NEF Global Gathering 2016 will
be live-streamed to a global audience through the Next Einstein Forum.
Supporters of science, innovation and technology as drivers of growth in Africa can
join the NEF movement by pledging their signature at I Am Einstein.
The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering takes place in Dakar, Senegal from 8 to 10 March 2016. The forum has launched a global call for support for Africa's scientific and technological emergence. (Image: Next Einstein Forum, Twitter)