Planet Earth Institute Announces Science Africa UnConference 2017

The Planet Earth Institute’s annual Science Africa UnConference was announced this week. The event will take place in London on the 20th July.

After a highly successful conference in 2016, the Planet Earth Institute has decided to host the Science Africa UnConference again this year. The conference will provide a platform for some of Africa’s most cutting edge scientists to talk about their work to assembly of high-profile guests drawn from academia, government, international organisations and business.

The Planet Earth Institute describes the conference as a celebration of “all those individuals, research groups, commercial organisations and academic institutions driving scientific and technological advancement in and for the continent.”
The conference programme will feature several presentations from individuals prominent in their respective fields. Last year guests were honoured by speeches from Kedest Tesfagiorgis, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Charlotte Watts, from the Department of International Development in the UK and Dr. Geoffrey Siwo, a research scientists with IBM Africa.

Álvaro Sobrinho described the UnConference as “part of our [the Planet Earth Institute’s] ongoing work to put the spotlight firmly on the importance of science, technology and innovation as drivers of development.” More than 250 guests will be invited to join in with the celebrations this year. The participants will take part in working groups and participant-led workshops, alongside presentations and panel discussions.

Board members from the Planet Earth Institute will facilitate the day with newly elected Chairman, Lord Paul Boateng, expected to offer a speech of his own. His Lordship will likely be joined by Her Excellency Madame President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius. It is unclear whether Álvaro Sobrinho will have time to attend this year, due to numerous other commitments and responsibilities.

A full programme will be published by the Institute in the coming months. Those who will to participate are encouraged to contact the Institute to arrange tickets, entrance is free but spaces are limited.

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