UNESCO ‐ Merck Africa Research Summit
‐ MARS 2016

The 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.

UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit - MARS 2016 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, Institute Pasteur International and Merck.

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on Infectious Diseases and Women Health. The Summit will also showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities, and by the wider African research community. The summit is a unique opportunity for Africas young and talented 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 presents a platform where young scientists will be able to discuss the enabling environment for better research among others.

On other note the organizing committee will launch the Best African Woman Researcher Award to recognize the outstanding contribution of African female scientist with aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM ((Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).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. It will provide a networking platform for dialogue on improving global cooperation on health research and narrowing the disparities in health systems performance between developing and developed countries.
It will create an African researchers’ network where there will be exchange of experience, knowledge, best practice (especially in Ebola management) and cooperation in future research and development projects. In 2015, the inaugural Summit will have a special focus on HIV and Ebola, highlighting how experience gained from investigating the former could inform and drive the rapid understanding of the latter in the recent crisis in West Africa.
Diverse sets of speakers from Academia, Research institutes, major funding organizations of health/medical research, Chairs of Medical Research Councils, NGOs, Industry, established and emergent researchers, policy makers, ministries of health and editors of scientific / medical journals, etc., will be participating.
  • Speeches, keynote lectures and panel discussion about latest research in the areas of focus to exchange experience and share information.
  • Workshops will cater for debates that stimulate young Researchers and Innovators to resolve health issues.
  • Central gallery will provide dedicated space to display, demonstrate and discuss participants’ research (Posters and abstracts) followed by posters sessions Up to 100 scientists / researchers will be sponsored by Merck to attend the UNESO MARS 2016 in Mauritius.Their selection will be based on their abstract submission.

Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to Infectious Diseases with the aim to improve Women Health . 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 and 100 winners will be eligible for Sponsorship.
First three winners will be eligible for further number of Research Awards.
Further Research Award will be dedicated for Best African Women Researchers.


Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to infectious diseases with the aim to improve Women Health

All abstracts will be peer reviewed and 100 winners will be eligible for Sponsorship to attend UNESCO‐Merck Africa Research Summit 2016 in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia on the 28th and 29th of November.

First three winners will be eligible for further number of Research Awards.

Further Research Award will be dedicated for Best African Women Researchers.
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MARS 2015 Award Winners