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NEF-IBM Visiting Scientist Week

13 February 2017

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) and IBM have joined forces to promote the future of African scientific talent and advance the continent’s knowledge economy through collaborations such as the NEF-IBM Visiting Scientist Week. The week will see selected NEF Fellows become visiting IBM scientists at IBM’s global network of research labs (such as those in Kenya, US, Switzerland, China, India, Brazil, Israel, and Australia). The program is designed to give a boost to Africa’s most promising young scientists and help set the pace and direction for the continent’s cutting edge scientific research. During their one week visit, the scientists will be paired with an IBM researcher in a similar field and actively engage with the broader IBM community through lectures, seminars and workshops.

NEF Fellows Tour

May 2017

The NEF Fellows Tour is first and foremost a scientific and intellectual exchange among top young African scientists, policymakers, and young people. The Tour aims to foster scientific exchange and new collaborations with in-country scientists, particularly early career scientists and young STEM enthusiasts. One of the key roles of the NEF Fellows program is outreach to communities of young Africans who have the potential to become the continent’s future scientific pool. The Tour will give a prominent voice to NEF Fellows, giving them a platform to speak as some of Africa’s leading scientists and encouraging them to inspire young people to pursue STEM fields. The Tour will also provide a unique opportunity for policymakers to witness and benefit from the experiences, expertise and vision of the NEF Fellows and for the NEF Fellows to learn about policymaking related to the sciences.

Scheduled for March 2017, the week-long NEF Fellows speaking tour will consist of lectures, speaking engagements, workshops, and policy discussions with high level executives, policymakers, scientists, industry leaders and students. The tour blends opportunities for professional development while providing the NEF Fellows the chance to build collaborative relationships with scientists, policymakers and individuals they meet.

April 2017 Africa Science Week

June 2017

Led by NEF Ambassadors, Africa Science Week (ASW) is Africa’s annual four-day celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to technologists – to encourage citizens to get involved, participate in the NEF 1mil1 campaign and become interested in science all across the continent. AWS is designed for all age groups, to instill a curiosity of learning and interest in STEM pursuits among the public and allows young Africans, especially women, to acknowledge that they, too, can become excellent scientists and technologists by pursuing these fields.

During ASW, NEF Ambassadors in countries across Africa will organize three to five major events throughout the week. The events will take place in communities where the NEF Ambassadors reside and work. They will also be encouraged to conduct one activity in the rural areas. The events will involve their local communities, partners and institutions.

Rolled out up to 20 countries, the first ASW will hold in April 2017. Details will be announced in January 2017. To partner with the NEF for ASW, please contact