UNESCO‐MeRck Africa Research Summit (UNESCO‐MARS) 2017

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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.

The 3rd UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit-MARS 2017 which will be held on the 28th and 29th of November in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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 challenge in Africa". 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 Africa's 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 and female scientists will be able to discuss the enabling environment for better research among others.

On other note the organizing committee will launch the "Best Young African Researcher Award" and 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 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.

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 2017 in Port Louis, Mauritius. Their selection will be based on their abstract submission

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 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 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 for Best African Women Researchers.

The criteria, deadlines and submission details are enclosed in the accompanying details. (See accompanying details).

Please submit your completed application and your research abstract to this email:

Or via this link www.unesco-mars.com or www.merck-cap.com

Submission deadline is Dead line 30th of September 2017.