Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The NEF is a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world – with the goal to leverage science for human development globally. The NEF believes that Africa’s contributions to the global scientific community are critical for global progress. At the centre of NEF efforts are Africa’s young people, the driving force for Africa’s scientific renaissance.

NEF Programmes

The NEF has four programmes that work together hand-in-hand:

NEF Global Gatherings: These biennial gatherings are the NEF’s marquee event. Far from an ordinary science forum, the NEF Global Gatherings position science at the centre of global development efforts. In the presence of political and industry leaders, and with a strong focus on youth and women, the voices of global science leaders’ have the opportunity to be heard and to have major impact on Africa’s scientific future. The inaugural NEF Global Gathering 2016 was hosted by H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal in Dakar, Senegal on March 8-10, 2016. The next NEF Global Gathering was held in Kigali, Rwanda in March 2018 under the patronage of H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda.

NEF Communities of Scientists: The NEF Communities of Scientists include the NEF Fellows and Ambassadors. The NEF Fellows Programme showcases 15 of Africa’s best young scientists on the global stage. NEF Ambassadors are the NEF’s young science and technology champions, one from each African country.

NEF Policy Work: The Dakar Declaration, the NEF Global Gathering 2016 final declaration, set forward looking targets in regards to commitments for investment, research and partnerships for the development of Africa’s science and technology landscape. NEF Policy Work will include continental wide benchmarking activities to track the progress of the Dakar Declaration as well as looking into global best practices and upcoming trends. Particularly, the NEF has committed to promoting scientific excellence and gender equity.

NEF Platform: The NEF Platform is the NEF’s public engagement platform, focusing on content disseminated online and on social media. The NEF Platform will run multi-layered campaigns and programs to engage young people, gatekeepers and ordinary citizens across Africa and the rest of the world on the importance of science and technology and how they can be involved. The NEF platform will also include government-university-industry research roundtables that will bring together leaders in all three sectors to foster collaboration, establish priorities and solve both short term and long term challenges. The NEF Platform also includes the annual meeting of the NEF Scientific Programme Committee which sets the scientific direction of the NEF as well as selecting the Fellows and Ambassador Classes.

NEF Fellows

The NEF Fellows is a select programme that recognises Africa’s best young scientists and technologists. These innovators and emerging leaders, at least 40 percent of whom are women, will have two main opportunities as a NEF Fellow. Meet the 2017-2019 NEF Fellows

Kenya signs MOU to host the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi 

The Government of Kenya signed on 1 September 2918 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) to host the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi in March 2020. The NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

“The Third NEF Global Gathering will be taking place at a time when Kenya has embarked on an aggressive programme of enhancing the uptake of science subjects at all levels of education, through the roll-out of STEM model schools in all 47 Counties. We recognize that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are the key drivers of industrial growth. We are therefore focused on nurturing a young crop of innovators, engineers and scientists who will drive our industrialization Agenda forward” said Hon. Dr. Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education. [more...]

Call for Application

NEF Fellows Application 2019 - 2021 is open for application. If you hold an African passport & have a PhD in any field of science/tech or social sciences, apply for the 3rd Class of NEF Fellows before 27th January 2019. Click here for more details.


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