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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.


Established 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.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. To this purpose, it develops and implements its own projects. Additionally, it supports third-party initiatives that have similar goals.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science, society, education, and international relations.

Moreover, in the coming years, the Foundation will increasingly direct its activities on three focus areas:

  • Migration, Integration, and Inclusion
  • Social Cohesion in Germany and Europe
  • Sustainable Living Spaces

Since it was established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested more than 1.4 billion euros in charitable work. Learn more.