AlJazeera Spotlights NEF Fellows in Mbour

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In an exclusive feature on NEF, Nicolas Haque spotlights young scientists (AIMS/NEF Fellows) and its leaders. Reporting at the AIMS Center in Mbour, Senegal, Fellow Moustapha Fall talks about his hope to contribute his mathematical skills to help unveil today’s scientific mysteries (view at 0:28) and AIMS cosmology student Soul Paul Pihr is also interviewed on camera. At the event, …

CCTV spotlights on Day Two of the NEF GG2016

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This is the CCTV’s spotlight on day two of the NEF’s GG2016 including a camera interview with AIMS’ CEO, Thierry Zomahoun discussing the challenges in African research and contributions to global research (view at 0:58). The piece also showcases NEF Fellows being recognised for their work, followed by on camera interviews with Evelyn who discusses her research and its impact on the community (view at 1:34), …

Africa Must Spend More on Science Research to Halt Brain Drain, Lift Growth – Scientists

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A lack of investment in science is stunting Africa’s growth, driving engineers, researchers and scientists abroad and depriving the continent of billions of dollars each year, the founder of a landmark conference said on Thursday. Africa loses $4 billion a year by outsourcing jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths, the so-called STEM fields, to foreign professionals, said Thierry Zomahoun, …

Einstein Forum Aims to Stem Africa Brain Drain

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Top scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs gather for landmark conference in Senegal to encourage research. Africa’s top scientists, policymakers and start-ups have gathered for a landmark conference aimed at stemming the continent’s brain drain and encouraging governments to nurture research in fields from virology to maths. The organisers of the first Next Einstein Forum (NEF), concluding on Thursday near Senegal’s capital, …

Next Einstein Forum and IBM Research Launch Visiting Scientist Program

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IBM Research and The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) have joined forces to promote the future of African scientific talent and advance the continent’s knowledge economy. The two organizations have signed a collaboration agreement through which 5 NEF Fellows will become visiting IBM scientists at IBM’s global network of research labs. The program is designed to give a boost to Africa’s …

Debate: Basic vs. Applied Research and the “Brain-Drain” Phenomenon

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The motivation to write on the topic of the Closing Panel Discussion of the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in 2014 “Science to the benefit of Mankind” [1] resulted from the concern with recent changes to the research funding structure in many countries away from basic (i.e. blue sky, curiosity driven) research towards applied (i.e. needs driven, industry and application …

Fish App – Young African Mathematicians Help Senegal’s Fishermen

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In the future, Senegalese fishermen might be able to use an app to calculate how much they can catch today without devastating the fish stocks of tomorrow. That’s vital as stocks are shrinking along the country’s Atlantic coast, while the population just keeps growing. The app is being tested and developed by researchers at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences …