The Government of Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), to host the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi in March 2020. The NEF 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 known for its promotion of natural and social sciences, and international relations.
Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum 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. The Global Gatherings position science at the centre of global development efforts.
“The Third NEF Global Gathering will be taking place at a time when Kenya has embarked on an aggressive programme of enhancing the uptake of science subjects at all levels of education, through the roll-out of STEM model schools in all 47 Counties,” said Dr. Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education.
“We recognize that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are the key drivers of industrial growth. We are therefore focused on nurturing a young crop of innovators, engineers and scientists who will drive our industrialization Agenda forward,” she added.
“The NEF Global Gathering 2018 was the largest scientific event held in Africa with over 1500 people attending from 91 countries,” commented Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President/CEO and NEF Chair.
“We expect 2500 delegates for the 2020 edition in Kenya. We will host special events such as the NEF Innovation Salon where start-ups from all over Africa, and the world, will showcase their solutions, the Gender Summit Africa and an exciting Arts and Science Festival for all ages,” he continued.
NEF Global Gatherings include sessions such as NEF Fellow Spotlight Sessions where Africa’s top scientists share their research and innovations; live online discussions with special guests, discovery sessions that unpack groundbreaking discoveries; and an exclusive Ministerial Meeting and the NEF’s signature continental innovation competition.
“Kenya is a strategic country for us because it provides an ideal environment for the intersection of academia and innovation,” explained Mr. Zomahoun.
“A strong innovation ecosystem requires a strong link between academia and the private sector. In this regard, Kenya is ahead of the curve and we look forward to incorporating the ecosystem approach in our program and inviting the world of science to Africa,” he said.