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Hunt is on for African Einsteins

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The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched the search for 54 of Africa’s top young science and technology ambassadors, one from each African country. The selected NEF Ambassadors will join the NEF Fellows Class as young science and technology champions from Africa.

NEF Ambassadors will attend the NEF Global Gathering in March 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, where they will have the opportunity to network with NEF Fellows, acclaimed 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 and accelerate human development.

“The NEF is unique in that fifty percent of participants at the NEF’s Global Gathering will be under 42 years old. The NEF Ambassadors will represent their countries and the continent on a global stage, joining the movement for science-driven growth and development,” says Thierry Zomahoun, chairman of the NEF and president and CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

NEF Ambassadors should be residents of an African country, under 42 years of age, have completed advanced studies in science, technology or have significant entrepreneurial achievements, have a track record of leadership in their community, are passionate about promoting science and technology and have an active online profile and following.

“As NEF Ambassadors, the group of 54 young men and women, will join our NEF Fellows as the face of science and technology from Africa. They will embody the potential of a continent that will be the hub of science and innovation in the next few decades. We believe the next Einstein will be African,” says Zomahoun.

Applications will be received until 31 August 2015. The final list of NEF Ambassadors will be published on 15 November 2015.