NEF Global Gatherings are exciting biennial global events where the world of science and technology meet on Africa soil to unveil breakthroughs in science, respond to existing challenges and look to the future. In existing forums, the general public was often ignored in the design and outcomes with women and young people were often extremely underrepresented in participation and speaking opportunities.
In this way, the NEF is unique. The inaugural NEF Global Gathering 2016 had 1,258 participants from 79 countries. Over 60% were under 42 years of age and close to 40% were women. A total of 414 institutions represented the science, civil society and policy fields, with academic institutions having the highest representation.
The NEF Global Gathering 2018 will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 26-28 March 2018 under the patronage of H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda.