A Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Awards Perspective on Science in Africa

A Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Awards Perspective on Science in Africa 2016-11-09T15:11:11+00:00

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Chair: Prof Cheryl de la Rey, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Panellist: Prof Salim Abdool Karim, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, South Africa
Panellist: Prof Tebello Nyokong, Rhodes University, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Botlhale Tema, African Creative Connections, South Africa
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This session celebrates the top African scientists by recognising the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award winners of recent years. The African Union Commission launched the prestigious African Union Scientific Award Programme in 2008 with the support of its development partners particularly the European Commission. Under this programme prizes are awarded to top African scientists in each of the following two sectors (a) Life and Earth Science; and (b) Basic Science, Technology and Innovation. The objective is to recognize, award and honour outstanding excelling African scientists and researchers for their scientific achievements, discoveries and innovations. This raises the profile of science and technology sector in the African Union Member States and Africa as a whole and thus contributing to Africa’s sustainable development, poverty alleviation and integration efforts. The Continental Award is open to all African scientists and is the highest level of the programme. It is implemented by the African Union Commission.

The awardees will discuss in this session the importance of science in the development of Africa, as well as the contribution their award-winning science made to Africa in general and their field of study in general. This celebration of top African scientists will highlight the importance of science in Africa and motivate scientists on levels to pursue excellence in their own endeavours.
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delareyProf Cheryl de la Rey
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Chair

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karimProf Salim Abdool Karim
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, South Africa
Panellist

Salim S. Abdool Karim is a South African clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist, widely recognised for his research on HIV prevention and treatment. He is Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), CAPRISA Professor of Global Health at Columbia University in New York and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is Chair of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel and serves on the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Scientific Advisory Board and the World Health Organisation’s HIV-TB Task Force. He is a foreign associate member of the US National Academy of Medicine.
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nyokongProf Tebello Nyokong
Rhodes University, South Africa
Panellist

Prof Tebello Nyokong holds a Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (DST/NRF) professorship in Medicinal chemistry and Nanotechnology at Rhodes University in South Africa. She has successfully supervised 76 PhD/MSc students. She has published close to 600 manuscripts (including patents, a book and book chapters). Her H index is 56 (ISI) and 61 (Google Scholar). In addition to the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award (2016), she has received many other awards for her research.
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temaDr Botlhale Tema
African Creative Connections, South Africa
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