Young Moroccan “start-upers” attending 2019 NEF Africa Science Week, 20–22 November, in Rabat

North Africa’s start-ups stand out in Africa for the number of investments attracted, scalable products built and a policy environment that is favorable to entrepreneurship and innovation. The Tunisia Start-Up Act has become a template for other countries to copy and contextualize. The North Africa (NA) region, also, is relatively endowed with a variety of funding sources for startups at each stage of entrepreneurial growth. Here are three ways North Africa’s start-ups offer hope for investment on the continent:

  1. Available funding

North Africa start-ups have a variety of funding sources available for the highly innovative entrepreneurs, the majority of which…

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gatherings is a space like no other! We focus on creating a collaborative environment for young innovators and great scientific minds to come together with the singular goal of propelling Africa as a global scientific hub. The Global Gathering is the largest science and innovation gathering on the continent. If that doesn’t spike your interest, maybe these 7 reasons will…

(1) You’ll Be Meeting Africa’s Brightest Scientists

As its name suggests, the Next Einstein Forum is on the hunt for the next Albert Einstein. To be exact, NEF is training the great scientific…

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) announces its new class of Ambassadors, the third cohort of young science and technology champions from across Africa. Ambassadors, one from each African country, will drive public engagement activities to promote science and technology education, research and innovation in their countries.

Dr. Youssef Travaly, NEF Vice-President of Science, Innovation and Partnerships said: “This selection comes at a time when we are working to accelerate science diplomacy and collaboration to solve Africa’s and the world’s grand challenges. This new cohort is already working to advance the frontiers of science and technology to solve societal problems through…

Inspired by the continent’s needs, Next Einstein Forum Ambassadors are bringing science to local communities.

On 30 September 2019, on the Island of Santo Antao in the Ribeira Grande — nicknamed “Island of the Mountains” because of its mountainous folds — a group of 60 farmers gathered for the launch of the first mobile phone app that will enable them access micro-credit in a climatically patterned region. This happened at the third edition of Next Einstein Forum’s (NEF) Africa Science Week. This year Africa Science Week will be held in over 35 countries.

The farmers in Santo Antao watched intently…

Photo credit: Quartz

Drug-resistant bacteria found in hospitals cause thousands of deaths worldwide each year. But a study of such superbugs in a Zambian hospital offers hope that they remain sensitive to more antibiotic types than bacteria found in better-resourced hospitals in Europe or North America.

Hospital staff often unwittingly transmit bacteria between patients. Researchers from the University of Zambia, the Ministry of Health and the Lusaka Apex Medical University collected nasal and hand swabs from 140 healthcare workers at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka during May and July 2017, and tested the samples for the presence of bacteria.

Of the doctors…

South Africa is ranked as Sub-Saharan Africa’s most innovative country. But its innovation landscape is marred by deep inequalities that look likely to persist, reports Sarah Wild.

South Africa leads innovation in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the 2019 Global Innovation Index. But this ability to transform research into marketable products is dominated by a few universities — something which is unlikely to change. The legacy of Apartheid and inequalities in funding mean that some institutions are better resourced than others, both in their ability to produce research and to commercialise it.

Universities are hubs of new knowledge, but many of…

Jessica uses probabilistic social-ecological modelling and scenario analysis to measure impacts of development on African environments.

Dr. Jessica Thorn © Next Einstein Forum

Jessica is a Namibian ecologist with a background in human geography, holding a “Climate Research 4 Development” and “African Women in Climate Change” Fellowships at the African Climate and Development Initiative of the University of Cape Town. She is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of York in the Department of Environment and Geography, and is affiliated to the University of Nairobi, Colorado State University, and African Conservation Centre. …

Co-inventor of a four-gene biomarker, Sara’s interests span immunology, epidemiology and systems biology, to identify individuals at high risk of TB.

Dr. Sara Suliman © Next Einstein Forum

Sara is a postdoctoral research fellow based at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her broad research aim is to dissect biological mechanisms underlying risk of tuberculosis (TB) disease, in order to inform better interventions to prevent TB progression. Her research interests span immunology, epidemiology and systems biology to identify individuals at high risk of TB, and dissect mechanisms driving pathogenesis in susceptible hosts, with the goal of informing the development of evidence-based interventions.

She started…

Geoffrey’s innovations combine both computational and biological procedures, and artificial intelligence, to address complex challenges.

Dr. Geoffrey Siwo © Next Einstein Forum

Geoffrey was born and raised in Kenya. His work has been largely inspired by the urgent need for rapid and scalable scientific discovery as a means of solving some of the world’s biggest challenges, while creating opportunities for the society. In 2003 as an undergraduate student at Egerton University in Kenya, he taught himself how to use computers and the internet to analyze DNA sequences of the human genome and to propose a new avenue of HIV drug resistance involving virus-like sequences in the human…

In addition to research on sensor networks, Cheikh teaches in universities in Senegal, Chad and Burkina Faso.

Dr. Cheikh Sarr © Next Einstein Forum

Since his childhood Cheikh had a passion for new technologies, especially computer science. His father initiated him to his first programming language through BASIC when he was in the secondary school. He quickly realized that programming was a great way to create apps that could help change the lives of people. He studied Computer Science at INSA Lyon in France where he received an MSc degree in Computer Science, focusing on Networking and Telecommunications from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in…

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