Next Einstein Forum
Networking and Promoting Science

Next Einstein Forum

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is a new global scientific forum that aims to integrate and raise the profile of African scientists within the international scientific and research community.

The number of students at African colleges has been rising steadily for many years. As a result, there are more and more students who aspire to an academic career beyond a bachelor’s or master’s degree. They want to help solve the social, economic, and ecological problems of our time through outstanding research. Thanks to this fast-growing scientific community, the continent boasts great potential in terms of driving science forward – not just in Africa, but all over the world. “The next Einstein will come from Africa!” says Neil Turok, a South African physicist and founder of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

The Next Einstein Forum, an AIMS initiative in conjunction with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, brings African and international scientists into contact with decision-makers from politics, business, media, and society. Alongside renowned individuals, some of Africa’s best young researchers – the NEF Fellows – take center stage. These fellows represent young African researchers by contributing their knowledge and ideas within the international research community. In line with the motto “Connecting Science to Humanity,” the latest scientific findings from a wealth of disciplines are presented and their relevance for societal transformation processes illustrated. The aim is for the participants from research and practical areas to drive the future development of both Africa and the world forward.

The inaugural NEF Global Gathering was held from March 8 to 10, 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, with some 500 invited delegates. The second NEF Global Gathering will be held from March 26 to 28, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. Further conferences are set to follow every two years.


African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)
Travaly Youssef

Contact at the Foundation

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Impressions of the Next Einstein Forum

Photos: Christoph Püschner 
Opening ceremony of the Next Einstein Forum in Dakar, Senegal
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