The Next Einstein Forum working to build a targeted team of 54 young ambassadors one from each African country announced the 2017 -2019 fellows.
Uganda’s Dr Justus Masa, a scientist from Kyambogo University/Ruhr-University Bochum was also announced among other 15 fellows for this year’s The Next Einstein Forum 2017-2019.
Masa’s research aims to use electrochemistry to create green and sustainable energy systems for both portable and grid-scale energy conversion and storage, particularly, the reversible interconversion of water into hydrogen and oxygen in a solar powered water electrolyzer, and the recombination of hydrogen and oxygen to water in a fuel cell thereby harnessing the energy of the reaction.
The other young scientist and technologists are; Vinet Coetzee from South Africa, Abdigani Diriye from Somalia, Kevin Dzobo from Zimbabwe, Jonathan Esole from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yabebal Fantaye from Ethiopia, Aminata Garba from Niger, Mamadou Kaba from Guinea, Rym Kefi from Tunisia, Aku Kwamie from Ghana, Sanushka Naidoo from South Africa, Maha Nasr from Egypt, Sidy Ndao from Senegal, Peter Ngene from Nigeria, Tolulope Olugboji from Nigeria and Hamidou Tembine from Mali.
The fellows were selected by a Scientific Programme Committee using a rigorous process that looks at academic and scientific qualifications as well as impact of their research to society.
They will present their groundbreaking research at the 2nd NEF Global Gathering of leading scientists, journalists, industries and business people from around the world in Rwanda’s capital Kigali in March 2018, which they will help craft.
Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in partnership with Robert Bosch stiftung. The NEF is a platform that connects science, society, and policy in Africa and rest of the World with the goal to leverage science for human development globally.
The NEF believes that Africa’s contributions to the global scientific community are critical for global progress. At the center of NEF efforts are Africa’s young people, the driving force for for Africa’s scientific renaissance.