Call for Applications:UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit-MARS 2017

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As part of the “Merck STEM Program for Women and Youth”, the UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS 2017 will be held in Mauritius with the aim to empower Women and Youth in Research under the patronage of the Head of State of The Republic of Mauritius, H.E. Ameenah Gurib Fakim.
 
UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit-MARS aims to bring 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 research excellence and scientific innovation.
 
Speaking on Merck’s support for the UNESCO-MARS Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E.Merck KG emphasizes: “We are keen to support young gifted researchers by passing on the knowledge and experience we have gathered over the 340 years of Merck history. Through our “Merck STEM Program” we aim to advance capacity in young researchers and promote young gifted scientists, to teach them the cutting edge of research in our R&D hubs and laboratories.” 
 
UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit - MARS 2017 will have scientific support from UNESCO (United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization), African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC), the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Rome, and Merck.
 
“The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on “The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development – two emerging challenges in Africa”. The Summit will also showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities and the wider African research community,” said Dr Rasha Kelej, President of “Merck STEM Program”, and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Summit and CEO of Merck Foundation.
 
The summit is a unique opportunity for Africa’s young and women scientists to share their research output and findings with the top echelon of scientists from Africa and abroad. It is also an opportunity for networking and career development. The Summit will present a platform where young scientists will be able to discuss the enabling environment for better research among others.
 
On another note, the organizing committee will present the “Best Young African Researcher Award” and the “Best African Woman Researcher Award” to recognize the outstanding contribution of African female scientists with aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 
 
In 2016, UNESCO and Merck Foundation celebrated outstanding African Women Researchers for the first time. Kenya, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Uganda and Ethiopia ranked in the top places for the Merck Africa Women Research Awards on women health in Africa
 
Merck Foundation announced five winners from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Uganda and Ethiopia  under the category of  ‘Best African Women Researchers Award’ and four winners from Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia and Zimbabwe for  ‘Best Young African Researchers Award’ during the 2nd UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2016 was the first year the ‘Best African Women Researchers Award’ was being launched.  

Watch the video below to meet last year’s winners of Merck Africa Research Summit Awards

 

“The annual Summit – UNESCO-MARS - will address the vital role of research in the improvement and sustainable development of population health with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action - the 'know-do gap' - to improve health and make an impact on society,” added Rasha Kelej.
 

Abstract Submission Details:

Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to both Cancer especially in Women and/or Vaccines Development. All should be primarily based at African research institutes and Universities, although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is encouraged.
 
All abstracts will be peer reviewed.
 
Deadline 30th of September 2017
 
For further information on how to apply please visit the website:

www.unesco-mars.com

www.unesco-mars.com/application_form.php


MARS 2017 Awards:
  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed and 100 winners will be eligible for sponsorship.
  • First three winners will be eligible for further number of Research Awards.
  • Further Research Awards will be dedicated for the Best Five African Women Researchers. 

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