The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Launched in 2013, the NEF was born out of a recognition that there was no gathering on African soil where the very best actors had the opportunity to come together from their diverse communities of science, industry, civil society, and policy, from Africa and around the world, to leverage science for global development. Further, there was no platform where topics were addressed strategically and holistically, with opportunities for cross-fertilization. In existing forums, the public I often ignored in the design and outcomes of forums. Women and young people were often significantly underrepresented in participation and/or speaking opportunities at such Forums.
The NEF has four pillars: The NEF Global Gatherings, NEF Policy Work, the NEF Platform and the NEF Community of Scientists. The NEF also has two cross-cutting commitments, the commitment to scientific excellence that speaks to both research and education and a commitment to gender equity. The third NEF Global Gathering will be held in Kenya as a 5-day event in March 2020.
The NEF Ambassadors are the NEF’s young science and technology champions, one from each African country. NEF Ambassadors, who are all under 42 years, drive the NEF’s local public and private engagement activities including the NEF Africa Science Week while growing their own careers through the NEF’s partnerships that offer opportunities for mentorship and collaborations with established researchers. The NEFAmbassadors have a 2-year mandate.
Eligibility and Criteria
- 42 years of age or less as of 31.12.2017 (Born after 1 January 1975)
• Resident and citizen of an African country with a history of leadership and engagement in the residing community.
• Advanced studies or professional certificates, personal projects, demonstrated entrepreneurial achievements and similar – a Ph.D. is not required.
• Applicants are encouraged from all fields of science, including basic sciences, STEM, health and social science fields.
• Outstanding writing and keen critical thinking capabilities, and be comfortable working in a collaborative environment.
• Demonstrated passion for raising Africa’s profile in science and/or social science.
• Having an active profile in the community of work/study and/or online including social media.
• Able to clearly communicate to an audience in English or French.
A panel of eminent scientists including members of the NEF Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) will do the selection.
The selection process will aim for the following:
- At least 40% of selected NEF Ambassadors are women.
- At most one NEF Ambassador from each African country
- The selection process will take into account the following criteria:
• (20%) Advanced studies or professional certificates, personal projects, demonstrated entrepreneurial achievements and similar – a Ph.D. is not required.
- Outstanding academic qualifications, as measured by the standards of the particular academic discipline. Examples of notable achievements include:
▪ Publication record
▪ Prizes and other awards, such as especially distinguished fellowships
or memberships in prestigious academic circles (for example, in high-ranking committees, bodies, academies, etc.)
▪ Independently raised funding from outside sources in a competitive process
▪ Number of patents
Awards and Benefits
- Ambassadors will receive significant exposure to the NEF Leadership community.
• Have the opportunity to network with other experts and NEF Ambassadors and NEF Fellows, as well as top scientists, social scientists, and technology leaders from around the world.
• Have the opportunity to influence science, social science, and technology policy through NEF articles and documents and share their own work.
• Get the chance to pitch their own projects and ideas to high profile NEF members and contribute to the establishment of a positive global view of science in Africa.
- Act as NEF’s ambassador representing one’s own country at NEF events.
• Attend the prestigious, invitation-only NEF Global Gathering in March 2020 alongside Nobel Prize winners, Heads of State and representatives from leading global corporations. Ambassadors will receive paid travel expenses to the NEF Global Gathering event in 2020.
• Participate in interviews, panels and the showcasing of research, NEF work, and articles on science, social science and technology, among other events during/following the NEF Global Gathering 2020.
• Organize the annual NEF Africa Science Week in their country
• Write original content and cross-post content for the NEF, including but not limited to blog articles, news updates on science in one’s local community, profiles of scientists in one’s community, and other activities to promote the NEF.
• Be part of the NEF Community of Scientists,
• Talk positively about the NEF to people whenever you can.
• Actively promote the NEF to your social media following and regularly contribute ideas to the NEF team about ways to keep the online community informed and interested in the NEF.
• Ambassadors should expect to spend a total of between 1 to 2 hours per week writing, editing, posting updates, news, and articles related to science in Africa and the NEF, and conversing with NEF Fellows and the scientific community at large. The hours may increase during the week of the Global Gathering event.NEF Ambassadors
• Make presentations to students, audiences, special classes and events about the NEF
and science in Africa.
• Other responsibilities suggested and recommended by you.
How To Apply
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