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U.S.-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium


Wednesday, 12th October, 2022

12-14 October 2022

The deadline to submit an application was June 20, 2022. 

The U.S.-Africa program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the member countries of the African Union for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The goal of these meetings is to enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in African countries and the United States, including the African science diaspora, and through this interaction, facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region. 

The first symposium will take place in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 12 - 14, 2022. Attendees discuss advances across a broad range of multi-diciplinary topics through five plenary sessions, each led by two co-chairs:

Committee Chairs
Dr. Sossina Haile, Northwestern University, United States
Dr. Philip Antwi-Agyei, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Session I: Artificial Intelligence
Co-chair: Dr. Yunyao Li, Apple, United States
Co-chair: Dr. Vukosi Marivate, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Session II: Materials Science
Co-chair: Dr. Samuel Chigome, Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Botswana
Co-chair: Dr. Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut, United States

Session III: Biodiversity
Co-chair: Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf, Ohio State University, United States
Co-chair: Dr. Eric Djomo Nana, Institute for Agricultural Research for Development, Cameroon

Session IV: Climate Change and Food Security
Co-chair: Dr. Mary-Jane Bopape, South African Weather Service, South Africa
Co-chair: Dr. Ekundayo Shittu, George Washington University, United States

Session V: Infectious Diseases
Co-chair: Dr. Mercy Akinyi, Institute of Primate Research, Kenya
Co-chair: Dr. James Hassell, Smithsonian, United States

This symposium is sponsored by the Rutter Foundation, IBM,  Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Office of Naval Research Global.


Oct 12 - 14, 2022

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  • Middle East and North Africa

  • North America

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Eligibility Requirements

Participants for the U.S.-Africa Frontiers program need to meet the following qualifications:

  • Be an emerging leader in science, engineering or medicine. Active researchers and professionals from industry, academia, public service, non-profit and other sectors with a terminal degree are eligible to apply (current students are not eligible);
  • Have completed your highest degree less than 15 years ago. Selected members are typically within 10-12 years of their advanced degree at the experience level of assistant/associate professor or equivalent in a non-academic setting;
  • Professional proficiency in English;
  • Be employed in the U.S. or one of the African Union member countries, but citizenship of the country of residence is not required;
  • Have demonstrated accomplishments in science, engineering, or medical research, or technical work with recognizable contributions to advancing their fields;
  • Be interested in developments in other fields (and in engaging with people working on them) and be able to consider how advances, techniques, and approaches in those areas relate to the nominee’s own field; and
  • Conduct research with a strong potential for developmental impact in the US and/or Africa (participation in scientific projects,/scientific meetings/contribution to the promotion of S&T within society).

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For more information on the U.S.-Africa Frontiers Program, please visit the program website.

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