Malawi to host first-ever Africa Science Week by Next Einstein Forum: Sibande to lead event

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Aims) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, has announced the launch of NEF Africa Science Week in Lilongwe from 26 to 30 June.

Rachel Sibande the Malawian super techwoman

Malawi’s Rachel Sibande, NEF Ambassador, who is also founder of the country’s first technology hub and incubator space, mHub, together with local academic, science and technology champions, will lead the event.

“Africa Science Week is the only platform bringing together actors passionate about science and technology. This is the best opportunity for the Malawian youth to learn more about what science can achieve and how it changes life. I am proud to be part of this first edition”, said Sibande in a statement released yesterday.

Africa Science Week will witness exciting 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 projects competition followed by an award ceremony.

According to Thierry Zomahoun, Aims president, 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,” Zomahoun is quoted in the statement.

He said the weeklong event will also strengthen research networks and communities of scientists across Africa and hoped that the next few editions will see technology facilitate coordinated regional activities.

The science week is funded by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Google and local sponsors in the each country.

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