The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), Africa’s global forum for science, has launched its call for a new class of NEF Ambassadors, young champions of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and social science in their countries.
The NEF Ambassadors, one from each African country, drive the NEF’s local public and private engagement activities in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Africa. NEF Ambassadors must be under 42 years of age, and at least 40% of Ambassadors will be women.
“The program is designed to help NEF Ambassadors improve their profiles as emerging scientists all the while leveraging their already strong local networks and initiatives to advance the NEF’s push to make science viable and cool,” said Mrs. Nathalie Munyampenda, Managing Director of the NEF.
“During their two-year tenure, they will get the opportunity to organize the NEF Africa Science Week in their respective countries. In 2019, they will observe how the current class of Ambassadors organizes Africa Science Week in 40 countries and take it from there,” she added.
Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung- one of the leading private foundations of Europe that is known for its promotion of natural and social sciences. 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.
NEF Ambassadors join the NEF Community of Scientists as members, benefitting from trainings, mentorship from NEF Fellows and various other support to advance their careers and give back to their communities.
“The Ambassadors will immensely benefit from our ecosystem and will attend the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya, to interact with African and global leaders, Nobel Laureates, top scientists, captains of industry,” said Dr. Youssef Travaly, NEF Vice-President of Science, Innovation and Partnerships.
The 3rd Class of NEF Ambassadors program will run from 2019 to 2021. The selected NEF Ambassadors will be announced in September, 2019 and will be fully funded to attend the 3rd NEF Global Gathering from the 10th to the 13th of March, 2020, in Nairobi, Kenya.