The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched its annual search for fifty-four science and technology Ambassadors, one from each African country, to identify and award the work they are doing to advance science and tech on the continent.

The Ambassadors programme is looking to identify individuals active in science and technology, who are passionate about positioning Africa within the global scientific community, in order to champion science and technology in their own countries.

Launched in 2013, NEF is a global platform for outstanding African thinkers and stakeholders in the continent's science and technology space.

NEF Ambassadors drive the NEF’s local public engagement activities while growing their own careers through the NEF’s partnerships that offer opportunities for mentorship and collaborations with established researchers. Dr Youssef Travaly, NEF Director of Programs and Content

The forum organises biennial Global Gatherings, which showcase Africa’s top young scientists and connect them with leaders from Africa and the rest of the world in high-profile forums that touch on the three pillars of science, society and policy.

NEF also runs a Fellows program that identifies and awards Africa’s top scientists and technologists, the Ambassadors Program, and a host of science benchmarking, policy and public engagement activities.

The ambassadors chosen this year will join the NEF Fellows Class as part of the NEF’s Community of Scientists. They will also take part in the second edition NEF Global Gathering, the second edition of which will be held in March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Ambassadors will have the opportunity to network with emerging and renowned scientists and technology leaders as well as industry and policy leaders at an innovative gathering that will focus on how science and technology can solve global challenges, boost sustainable growth and accelerate human development.

According to Thierry Zomahoun, Chairperson of the NEF and President and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), 60% of the participants at the NEF Global Gathering 2016 held in Senegal were young emerging scientists and technologists.

"The NEF Ambassadors, part of the NEF Community of Scientists, bring a fresh, local perspective, in addition to their growing expertise in science and technology", Mr Zomahoun added. "NEF Ambassadors will represent their countries and the continent on a global stage, championing science-driven growth and development."

In order to qualify for the NEF Ambassadors Programme, one should be a resident of an African country, under forty-two years of age, have completed advanced studies in science, technology or have significant entrepreneurial achievements. They should also have a track record of leadership in their community, be passionate about promoting science and technology, and have an active online profile and following.

Applications are available here and will be received until 26 May 2017. The final list of NEF Ambassadors will be published in September 2017.

Cover Image: NEF 2016 Ambassadors and Fellows | NEF

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