The Next Einstein Forum: Connecting Science to Humanity

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 8 March 2016 - 8:30am to Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 5:15pm
Where: 
Senegal, Dakar
Type of Event: 
Event under UNESCO Patronage
Contact: 
Jean-Paul Abiaga Ngome

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is a platform that brings together leading thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa to leverage science to solve global challenges. Founded in 2013, the NEF was launched by two key partners – The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Robert Bosch Stiftung. It is a new global forum for science in Africa that will propel Africa onto the global scientific stage.

This NEF Global Gatherings will unite more than 500 outstanding thinkers and distinguished stakeholders from around the world together in Africa.

The 2016 NEF GG will be held over a period of 3 days (8 to 10 March 2016) with 2 pre-event days (6 to 7 March 2016).

UNESCO is hosting a side event on 9 March (18:00, Novotel hotel, Dakar) on Science Diplomacy with participation from NEF Ambassadors.
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is Africa's global forum for science that will unite more than 500 outstanding thinkers and distinguished stakeholders from around the world together in Africa. NEF Global Gatherings, held every second year, will showcase 15 of Africa’s top young scientists and connect them with leaders from Africa and the rest of the world in high-profile, invitation-only forums. These leading scientists, policy-makers, business people, journalists, civil-society representatives and entrepreneurs will highlight breakthrough discoveries and catalyze scientific collaboration for human development.

A new global economic and scientific landscape is emerging, with Africa’s rapid transformation driven by the power of demographics, economic growth and political will. Science, technology and innovation are driving this process. Given the continental scale of change, there is a pressing need for a global forum in Africa where science can meet society, the media and policy-makers. The NEF's first Global Gathering will be held in Senegal as a 3-day event on 8-10 March 2016. The NEF will touch on the three pillars of science, society and policy.