The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has announced its third cohort of young science and technology champions from across Africa. The ambassadors, one from each African country, will drive public engagement activities to promote science and technology education, research and innovation in their countries.
According to Dr Youssef Travaly, NEF Vice-President of Science, Innovation and Partnerships, this selection comes at a time when NEF is working to accelerate science diplomacy and collaboration to solve Africa’s and the world’s grand challenges.
The 3rd Class of Ambassadors will run from 2019 to 2021 and will be fully funded to attend the NEF’s premier science and innovation gathering to be held from 10-13 March 2020, in Nairobi, Kenya.
In addition, they join the NEF Community of Scientists as members, benefitting from training, mentorship from NEF Fellows and various other supports to advance their careers and give back to their communities.
They were selected through a rigorous process that included review of academic achievements, entrepreneurial abilities and track record of public engagement efforts following a call for applications earlier this year.
Ambassadors, help advance the NEF’s objective to make science and technology a central part of regional and local development through the organization of Africa Science Week’s in their countries.
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Article by Jedidah Mwangi