UNESCO ‐ MeRck Africa Research Summit
‐ MARS 2017

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 preparefor the road ahead in Africa's development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

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.

Abstract Submission Details

Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to both Cancer specially 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.

Dead line 30th of September 2017

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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 Award will be dedicated for Best African Women Researchers

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Facebook page Merck Africa Research Summit

Twitter handle: @Merck_MARS

YouTube Channel Merck Africa Research Summit

UNESCO- MeRck Africa Research Summit-
MARS to empower women in Research with

focus on

"Infectious Diseases and Women Health"

28 – 29 November, 2016

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Merck has joined hands with UNESCO, African Union, Ethiopia Ministry of Health, University of Cambridge and Institute Pasteur International to empower Women in Research, build Research capacity in Francophone and Anglophone Africa with the aim to improve Women Health in the continent.

Infectious Diseases & Women Health and empowering Women in Research will be the focus of the 2nd UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit –MARS 2016 to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28-29 November, 2016.

• 'Best African Woman Research Awards' to be launched for the first time at UNESCO MARS 2016.

• The launch of on-line research community (www.merck-cap.com) to enable young researchers to share experience and knowledge with their peers and with established researchers in Africa and beyond.

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Meet the Panelists & Keynote Speakers

Introduction by:

Dr. Rasha Kelej
Chief Social Officer,
Merck Healthcare

Hon. Getchaw Engida
Deputy Director General, UNESCO

Inaugurated by:

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp

Chairman of the Executive Board &
Family Board of E.Merck KG

Hon. Prof. Yifru Berhane

Minister of Health, Ethiopia

H.E Dr. Tedros Adhanom

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Ministerial Panel 1 - Defining Interventions to Advance Research Capacity and Empower Women in Research and Improve Women Health in Africa

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp

Chairman of the Executive Board &
Family Board of E.Merck KG

Hon. Sarah Opendi

Minister of State for Health, Uganda

Hon. Idi Illassou Mainassara,

Minister of Public Health, Niger

Hon. Dr. Ashraf Elshihy

Minister of Higher Education and
Minister of State for Scientific Research, Egypt

Hon. Fliga Michel Sawadogo

Minister of Education
& Science, Burkina Faso

Hon. Julia Duncan Cassell,

Minister of Gender, Children
& Social Development, Liberia

Hon. Jesus Engonga Ndong

Minister of Education &
Science, Equatorial Guinea

Ministerial Panel 2 -Research and Policy Making Gap in Africa – Challenges and Opportunities – Africa as a New International Hub for Research Excellence and Scientific Innovation

Hon. Assane Ngueadoum

Minister of Health, Chad

Hon. Prof. Yifru Berhane

Minister of Health, Ethiopia

Hon. Zuliatu M. Cooper

Deputy Minister of Health
& Sanitation, Sierra Leone

Hon. Octave Nicoue Broohm

Minister of Education, Togo

Hon. Leon N'zouba

Minister of Health, Gabon

Dr. Joao Sebastiao Teta

Secretary of State, Angola

HRH Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite

Founder of the World Women's Health
& Development Forum

Join the conversation on building research capacity in Africa through UNESCO-MARS at:

Facebook page Merck Africa Research Summit

Twitter handle: @Merck_MARS

YouTube Channel Merck Africa Research Summit

For more information on the UNESCO-MARS 2016 Summit go to:

www.unesco-mars.com and www.merck-cap.com


MARS 2016 Award Winners