Kenya will host the third Next Einstein Forum (NEF), the largest African scientific conference, in March next year. The announcement was made Thursday at State House, Nairobi when President Uhuru Kenyatta met the Chief Executive Officer and President of AIMS, Thierry Zomahoun.
Mr. Zomahoun informed President Kenyatta that Kenya was chosen to host the continental scientific summit because of its robust innovation ecosystem and strong academia-industry linkages.
The biannual conference, an initiative of Africa Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), brings together leading scientists, policy makers, business leaders, journalists, civil society leaders, entrepreneurs and scientists was first held in Dakar, Senegal in 2016 while the second edition was hosted by President Paul Kagame in Kigali, Rwanda in March 2018.
In Kenya, the conference is expected to gather over 2,500 delegates including four Nobel Laureates to chart the future of science and research on the continent.
Mr. Zomahoun also informed the President and his Deputy, William Ruto, that AIMS will also launch an award for the best scientific innovation by an African scientist.
NEF is inspired by the belief that the next Albert Einstein, the great German physicist who developed the theory of relativity, will be from the African continent.
Through its network of centres of excellence located in six African countries, AIMS enables talented African young scientists to become innovators that will drive the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency through mathematical sciences.
President Kenyatta welcomed the conference saying ‘it comes at an opportune time when Kenya has embarked on an aggressive programme of enhancing the uptake of science at all levels of education, through the rollout of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme.’
He added that Kenya recognizes that knowledge and skills in the STEM subjects are enablers of industrial growth as the country journeys towards the realization of the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 development blueprints.
The meeting held at State House Nairobi, was also attended by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, Amina Mohamed of Sports as well as Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.