3rd UNESCO-MeRck Africa Research Summit – MARS 2017 in partnership with the Office of President of Mauritius and their Ministry of Health. Stay Tuned..


As part of Merck Foundation STEM Program for Women and Youth, Merck Foundation plans to conduct  3rd edition of their annual “UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit” on the 28th and 29th of November 2017 in partnership with Government of Mauritius, UNESCO,  African Union  and African Governments.  

  • UNESCO MARS brings together researchers from across Africa to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data and to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for excellence in scientific innovation.
  • During the Summit, the winners of 2017 MARS Best African Researchers Awards and MARS Best African Women  Awards will be announced as part of Merck Foundation long term commitment towards empowering women and youth in STEM with special focus on Scientific Research in Cancer Research and Vaccines Development.

Meet the Panelists’ & Keynote Speakers
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Inaugurated By:

Ministerial Panel – Empowering Women and Youth in STEM with special focus on Scientific Research - Challenges & Solutions to be considered in the National Strategy in Africa and Developing Countries

Watch videos of UNESCO – MARS 2016

UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit -MARS 2016 Ethiopia

Merck Africa Research Summit Award Ceremony. Empowering Women and Young Researchers
Abstract Book – the winners of UNESCO MARS-2016
UNESCO – MARS 2017 White Paper


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