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Nigeria Ahead of African Scientists, Tops Next Einstein Forum Fellows List

Nigeria Ahead of African Scientists, Tops Next Einstein Forum Fellows List

Doris Ukaonu

Nigeria has emerged top, ahead of other African scientists for  the 2019 Third class of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Fellows.

A total of 25 strong African scientists were selected from 30 countries and six Nigerians emerged as members of the NEF Third Class Fellows.

The six Nigerian scientists  are Dr. Ademola Adenle, Dr. Daniel Akinyele, Dr. Obidimma Ezezika, Dr. Blesssing Mbabie, Dr. Ebele Mogo and Dr. Eucharia Nwaichi.

This was disclosed yesterday August 5th by Thierry Zomahoun, the Founder and Chair of the Next Einstein Forum and also President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), in Kigali, Rwanda.

According to Zomahoun, the research work and innovations of the said scientists were currently proffering solutions to pertinent issues surrounding Africa and the world at large.

Their research work is in renewable energy, nanomaterials, and nanotechnology, food security, precision medicine, health systems, climate science, and urban planning.

“I am excited to announce the third class of NEF Fellows for two reasons. The first is that we are almost at parity, with 11 women in the class. The second is the variety of fields and countries from where the Fellows come from.

“We strongly believe their current and future discoveries will solve global challenges and we are excited to introduce you to them,” Zomahoun said.

With the sponsorship of Kenya’s President, President Uhuru Kenyatta, the NEF Fellows will be awarded at the NEF Global Gathering, which is scheduled for 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya on March 10, 2020.

At the global gathering, The NEF Fellows will conduct some of their novel research.

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NEF Fellows are chosen by the International Scientific Programme Committee who conducts thorough research on individuals’ academic and scientific prowess with the use of a strong publication record, patents and awards.

Individuals are made to give a detailed explanation of their research or innovations to humanity’s grand challenges, as well as a passion for raising Africa’s scientific profile and inspiring the next generation of scientific leaders.

The NEF creates a nexus between science, society and policy in Africa and the world beyond with the sole purpose of utilizing science for global human development.

The NEF is of the notion that Africa’s quota to the global scientific community is imperative for global progress.

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