Over 1000 scientists, businesspersons, policymakers and other stakeholders will meet in Kigali starting today for the NEF (Next Einstein Forum) Global Gathering 2018.
An initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, NEF Global Gatherings is a unique international science forum with a strong focus on Africa.
The Kigali meeting will be held under the theme ‘Connecting Science to Humanity’ and will have at least 50 per cent of the participants under 42 years, while women will be at least 40 per cent.
A gathering of this nature was first held in Senegal in 2016 and brought together over 1200 participants.
President Paul Kagame, who is expected to officiate at the forum in Kigali, also attended the inaugural meet.
Some of the subthemes to be tackled in the three-day forum include; connectivity, Ubiquity and Mobility; Climate, Energy, Food and Growth; Precision Health; and, Building Africa’s Scientific Capacity, according to organisers.
Some of the speakers expected at the event include cabinet ministers from different African countries, CEOs of various companies, and members of the academia.