Why are we running this project?

Since decades, the number of students at African universities has been rising steadily. As a result, more and more students aspire an academic career beyond a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Through outstanding researcher, they want to identify solutions for the tremendous social, ecological, and economic challenges of our time. 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).

What are our goals?

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. To achieve these goals, the NEF connects African and international scientists with decision-makers from politics, business, media, and society.

How does the project work?

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.