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Founding Partners

The NEF was launched by two key partners – The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation.

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is a platform that brings together leading thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa to leverage science to solve global challenges. Founded in 2013, by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) President and CEO Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF was launched by two key partners – AIMS and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

AIMS_logoEstablished in 2003, AIMS is a pan-African network of Centres of Excellence for postgraduate training, research and public engagement in mathematical sciences. AIMS’ mission is to enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency.

AIMS centres have been established in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon and Tanzania. AIMS has produced 748 graduates from 42 African countries, 30 percent of whom are women. Learn more.

RBS_Logo A German foundation associated with a private company, Robert Bosch Stiftung has managed the philanthropic bequest of industrialist, engineer and inventor Robert Bosch for more than 50 years. It was his entrepreneurial vision, political farsightedness, moral fortitude and charitable initiatives that set the standards for the work of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The Foundation manages approximately 800 internal and external projects per year in the areas of science, health, international relations, education, society and culture. More than €1 billion in grants have been issued since the Foundation was launched in 1964. Learn more.