2016 UNESCO-MERCK AFRICA RESEARCH SUMMIT in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Application deadline: 30th August 2016


2016 UNESCO/Merck Africa Research Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 28th – 29th November 2016.

The UNESCO-MARS 2016 will have scientific support from UNESCO, African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC), Ethiopia Ministry of Health, University of Cambridge, Institute Pasteur International and Merck.  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 developing Africa as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in 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.


Whom
  • Up to 100 scientists/researchers will be provided full sponsorship to attend the Summit.
  • Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to infectious disease research with the aim to improve women’s health. 
  • All should be primarily based at African research institutes and universities although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is encouraged.
UNESCO-MARS is providing opportunity for young researchers to win many exciting awards including 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) and the improvement and sustainable development of population health with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action 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.Diverse set 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 will be participating.

  • Speeches, keynote lecturers 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 poster sessions.

MARS 2016 Awards:

  • Up to 100 scientists/researchers will be fully sponsored by Merck to attend the Summit in Ethiopia. Their selection will be based on their abstract submission which will be peer reviewed. 
  • 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. 
  • Apart from the first three winners, applicants stand a chance to win further number of research awards.]
  • Further research awards will be dedicated for Best African Women Researchers.

Application procedure:
  • You must write: your name as “author” and the names of all your co-authors. 
  • A descriptive title, up to five key words. 
  • The topic into which your abstract fits: HIV or Ebola or other infectious diseases. 
  • Please also submit the completed application form with all the required personal details. A copy of your passport will be required later.

Submit your completed application and abstract to this address award@mars2016.net  

Fill out the online application form here. Application deadline: 30th August 2016


For more information:
Visit the official web page of the 2016 UNESCO/Merck Africa Research Summit

Until we see each other again, 



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