The Planet Earth Institutes’ yearly ScienceAfrica UnConference will take place next week, featuring some of the most prominent African scientists and policymakers, along with leading voices from Africa’s business community.
African businessman and philanthropist, Dr Alvaro Sobrinho, oversaw the development of the conference from its nascent beginnings to the high-profile event it is today. As Chairman and founder of the Planet Earth Institute, Dr Alvaro Sobrinho played a key role creating and designing the format of the conference and in attracting the high-level speakers that have attended.
This year the conference focuses on how to promote, foster and grow Africa’s capacity for making contributions to science in key areas, including agriculture, water, energy and health care. The organisers are asking attendees to “help to promote the successes, showcase great ideas, address challenges and galvanise support for the continent’s science and technology pioneers.”
Over 250 people are expected to attend alongside the high-profile speakers and workshop hosts. This year’s conference features a wide variety of speakers from the scientific community, each at the top of their field. This includes Professor Kelly Chibale, Professor of Organic Chemistry at Cape Town University, Professor Maggy Momba from the Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology and Dr. Joe DeVries, Vice President of Innovation and Development at the Alliance for a Green Revolution.
Alongside the scientific contributions key people from business and policy circles will also share their thoughts. These include Maya Kulycky from IBM Research-Africa, Noah Samara, Chairman of recently launched education company Yamzi, Blade Nzimande, Minster of Education, South Africa, and Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Business Development, Ghana.
The high-profile guests will deliver speeches and presentations, as well as engage in the workshops and discussions throughout the day. To learn from their experience and expertise register for the ScienceAfrica UnConference today and support the work of Dr Alvaro Sobrinho and the Planet Earth Institute though your participation.