The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung has announced plans to launch the Africa Science Week in Malawi.
Rachel Sibande, NEF Ambassador, who is also CEO and founder of Malawi’s first technology hub and incubator space, mHub, together with local academic, science and technology champions, are expected to lead the event.
The Science Week is expected to include sessions such as engaging students in active learning of chemistry, technology and engineering using interactive science kits.
Students will also participate in physical activities and science competitions to be followed by an award ceremony.
According to NEF Chair Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF Africa Science Week is the first coordinated science week across Africa.
“Our primary objective is to develop tomorrow’s scientists and technologists by engaging children and young people in scientific activities like science caravans and hackathons. Our activities will also demonstrate the critical impact of science to the general public.
“By bringing together key stakeholders from all sectors, we hope to catalyse investment in research and development and discuss best practices for attracting and retaining young people, especially girls and women, in the sciences,” Zomahoun said.
Africa Science Week in Malawi is the first of a 13-country series. Looking to the future, the NEF will expand the reach of its Africa Science Week to 30 countries in 2018 and all 54 by 2020.
Beyond numbers, the NEF hopes that Africa Science Week will grow to include major activities in schools and universities, and result in concrete collaboration between the research community and private sector.
Sibande, who is NEF Ambassador in Malawi, said the Africa Science Week is the only platform bringing together actors passionate about science and technology.