The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, today, 10 September 2018, announced the beginning of NEF Africa Science Week in 35 African countries throughout the months of September, October and December 2018.
“Last year, we had Africa Science Week in 13 countries. We’ve expanded to 35 countries this year and we are truly excited about how fun and relevant the activities will be for all ages. Activities include science expos and caravans, coding workshops, hackathons, robotics competitions, Science and Cocktails for the business community, innovative academic conferences, celebrating Women in STEM events, movie nights, industry visits etc. We are grateful to Johnson & Johnson Innovation as well as all of our local supporters, for working with us to make STEM education and careers cool and we look forward to seeing the impact of NEF Africa Science Week over the next few years,” says Nathalie Munyampenda, Next Einstein Forum Managing Director.
NEF Africa Science Week will start in Zambia and then follow in Sudan, Benin, Angola, Uganda, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Swaziland, The Gambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Tanzania, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Somalia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Republic of Congo, Mali, Togo, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, Namibia, Kenya, Guinea, Cameroon, Niger, Tunisia, Senegal and Mauritania. Each country will have specific activities, designed to enable citizens to engage with everyday science and scientists over three to five days.
“At NEF, we believe in science-driven innovation, which also makes room for social innovation and indigenous innovation. We have to do better to connect science driven research to the innovation we see every day and that improves our well-being. We have to start young. That’s what we are doing with NEF Africa Science Week and other public engagement activities and we invite everyone to join forces with us in this endeavor,” says Munyampenda.