NAIROBI– The Government of Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) to host the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi in March 2020.

The NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a leading European charitable private foundation known for its promotion of natural and social sciences, including public health and science, education, society and culture, and international relations.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Education, Amina Mohamed, signed the MOU on behalf of the government while AIMS President and ChiefExecutive Officer and NEF Chairperson Thierry Zomahoun signed on behalf of the NEF.

Amina noted that the 3rd NEF Global Gathering in 2020 would be taking place at a time when Kenya has embarked on an aggressive programme of enhancing the uptake of science subjects at all levels of education, through the roll-out of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) model schools in all 47 counties.

She said the government of Kenya recognized that STEM education provided the key drivers of industrial growth. We are therefore focused on nurturing a young crop of innovators, engineers and scientists who will drive our industrialization Agenda forward, she added.

We are excited to begin the countdown to the NEF Global Gathering 2020 that will be held in Nairobi. The NEF Global Gathering 2018 was the largest scientific event held in Africa with over 1,500 people attending from 91 countries, said Zomahoun.

“We expect 2,500 delegates for the 2020 edition in Kenya. We will host special events such as the NEF Innovation Salon where start-ups from all over Africa, and the world, will showcase their solutions, the Gender Summit Africa and an exciting Arts and Science Festival for all ages.”

He added that Kenya is a strategic country for the NEF as it provides an ideal environment for the intersection of academia and innovation. “A strong innovation ecosystem requires a strong link between academia and the private sector. In this regard, Kenya is ahead of the curve and we look forward to incorporating the ecosystem approach in our program and inviting the world of science to Africa, he said.