Q&A: Young African talent will set science agenda

By Onche Odeh Leszek Borysiewicz, the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has served as chief executive of the UK’s Medical Research Council and deputy director at Imperial College London. In this interview, the biomedical researcher tells SciDev.Net about how Africa needs to fuse local policies with global efforts on scientific collaboration. He …

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African universities urged to focus on mathematics

By Onche Odeh [DAKAR] African universities must widen their teaching of mathematics and its use in research to support efforts to tackle the continent’s biggest problems, according to experts at a conference this week. Maths is an essential tool in modern science and supports development through areas such as economic planning, government statistics and the …

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Hurdles in path of an African Einstein

By Nick Ishmael Perkins The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has an ambition that is bound to win hearts and minds with its simple optimism. The forum, a group of scientists, policymakers and business representatives, wants a leader in the field of science to emerge from Africa with the kind of far-reaching impact that Albert Einstein …

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