Kigali, Rwanda – 20 December 2018
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) – Africa’s global forum for science in Africa – is pleased to announce the launch of the first issue of Scientific African, and its sister publication Scientific African Magazine. Published quarterly, Scientific African is a peer-reviewed, open access, inter- and multidisciplinary scientific journal that is dedicated to expanding access to African research, increasing intra-African scientific collaboration, and building academic research capacity in Africa.
“We are extremely proud to see the publication of the first issue of Scientific African. First, Scientific African provides a powerful platform where excellent research being done in and on Africa can be published and publicized. Second, the journal, together with the magazine, provides an important opportunity to reach policymakers and the public. The articles in this first issue bring interesting perspectives in agriculture, the environment and health. I would like to thank Editor-in-Chief Dr. Benji Gyampoh all the subject editors for their efforts. I would also like to thank Elsevier, as the co-publisher of the journal, for their partnership in highlighting the incredible research across the continent,” said Dr. Youssef Travaly, Vice-President of Science, Innovation and Institutional Partnerships, Next Einstein Forum.
Scientific African Magazine documents science and technology developments in Africa and from Africans for the general public, with a special focus on the published research in Scientific African. It reviews relevant, science-driven research and innovations and asks the hard questions around Africa’s investments in science and technology.
“To make sure that the research published in Scientific African was reaching the public, we decided to create a magazine that would explain the research and its implications to the public. For this first edition, we focused on the articles from the journal but in the future, we will add content on a wide range of topics with contributions from science journalists from across the continent. Let me thank the first contributors to the journal,” said Nathalie Munyampenda, Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum and Editor-in-Chief of Scientific African Magazine.
About the Next Einstein Forum
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung. Launched in 2013, the NEF is a 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. The NEF believes that Africa’s contributions to the global scientific community are critical for global progress. At the center of NEF’s efforts are Africa’s young people, the driving force for Africa’s scientific renaissance.
The NEF organizes the largest global science forum on African soil, the NEF Global Gatherings. The next NEF Global Gathering will be held in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2020. The NEF also organizes Africa Science Week, a week full of activities for all ages to ignite curiosity around science and highlight the contributions of African scientists, especially women in science. This year Africa Science Week was held in 34 countries across Africa.
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