Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), was born out of a recognition that there was no gathering on African soil where the very best actors had the opportunity to come together from their diverse communities of science, industry, civil society and policy, from Africa and around the world, to leverage science for global development.
The Next Einstein Forum’s mission is achieved along four major pillars. First through NEF Global Gatherings which are exciting biennial global events where the world of science and technology meet on African soil to unveil breakthroughs in science, respond to existing challenges and look to the future.
Second, through important benchmarking and roadmapping work, the NEF Policy and Foresight Institute tracks outcomes of the NEF Global Gathering Declarations, as well as championing policy initiatives such as the digital economy road mapping with focus on increasing Africa’s scientific capacity and building knowledge-based economies in Africa.
Third, the NEF is building a strong community of scientists which includes NEF Fellows, Africa’s top scientists under 42 years of age, and NEF Ambassadors. The NEF Ambassadors, local STEM champions in every country in Africa, organize Africa Science Week in their country each year.
Finally, the NEF is working to make science cool and a scientific career, a first choice. The NEF runs the Scientific African Journal, an open access and multidisciplinary journal that enables African scientists to publish their important research. Alongside the journal, the Scientific African Magazine documents science and technology developments in Africa and from Africans for the general public.
About Global Gathering
NEF Global Gatherings (GGs) are exciting global events where the world of science and technology meet on African soil to unveil breakthroughs in science, respond to existing challenges and look to the future. The NEF Global Gathering does this through unique panels and discovery sessions, exclusive investor lunches with top end talents, and uniquely relevant pre- conferences and side-events.
The NEF Global Gathering 2018 brought together over 1500 participants (close to 40% women) from 91 countries. The Kigali Declaration captures the resolutions and recommendations of the 2018 edition.
The NEF Global Gathering 2020 will take us a step further. Under the central sub- theme “Research and Innovation Pathways to Africa’s Transformation”, the 2020 edition will provide an operational roadmap for a Pan-African Digital Economy
NEF Innovation Salon
New to this global gathering will be the NEF Innovation Salon. The Innovation Salon idea came from discussions with the NEF Community of Scientists around how to make the transition from lab to market. This transition often is not clear cut for scientists. Tech transfer is weak if not inexistent in Africa. As well, there is a clear disconnect between the thriving start up ecosystem in Africa and academic institutions and research labs. The NEF Innovation Salon will have separate stages built around discussions to inform participants, presentations that showcase top research and solutions in critical areas of health, agriculture, logistics and transport, power and energy etc., and a tackle stage that will feature the NEF’s Challenge of Invention to Innovation and showcase leading Africa sciencpreneurs and innovators.
Attend the largest science and innovation gathering on the African continent.
• Digital Economy • Connectivity
• Smart Cities •Convergence • ICT/Health • Big Data
Connectivity, Ubiquity & Mobility
- Precision Interventions
- Public Health
- Medical Imaging & Diagnostics
- Emerging Disease Burdens
- Data Governance
- Investments in Personalized Medicine
Climate, Energy, Food and Growth
- Climate Change and Smart Agriculture
- Food Security
- Low Carbon Circular Economy
Building Africa’s Scientific Capacity
- Innovation and Leadership
- Science Policy
- Women in STEM
- Innovate Funding
- Knowledge Transfer