15 of Africa’s most brilliant young scientists

Their biographies, to the lay-man, look like something akin to the work of a superhero, and they could just save the continent.

THE first global gathering of African scientists, the “Next Einstein Forum”,  is taking place in Dakar, Senegal. With over 1,000 people from more than 100 countries in attendance, it is shaping up to be the most significant global discussion yet in harnessing Africa’s scientific talent.

Among the delegates is a small group of 15 young African “fellows” who were selected for the impact of their work and to showcase some of the incredible research that Africa’s scientists and technologists are doing.

Their biographies, to the lay-man, look like something akin to the work of a superhero. Their resumes include; research on the ability to predict biological outbreaks that are bound to happen, the use of green chemistry to solve fresh water issues, the creation of bioreactors that could save a city’s water supply, the causes of disease and immunity and predicting global behaviour through IT systems.

Others are Challenging Einstein’s theories on quantum properties, developing better therapeutic and diagnostic tools to fight Tuberculosis and other HIV-related opportunistic infections and intelligent applications that can bridge humans and large amounts of data.

But just who are they? Meet these incredibly talented scientists:

Noble Banadda, Uganda, Makerere University, Bio-processing engineering

Noble’s area of research is bioprocessing engineering, specifically mathematic modelling of biological systems and interactions.

The ability to predict what is bound to happen based on current biological observations before it happens is very important for prevention and control especially in countries that lack the resources to contain outbreaks. Noble led a team that has pioneered the first ever farmer-based low cost multiple purpose vehicle in Uganda and in 2015 he was honoured as a young scientist at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China.  In waste management research, Noble is ranked 35th globally and 2nd in Africa according to Google Scholar rankings

In waste management research, Noble is ranked 35th globally and 2nd in Africa according to Google Scholar rankings

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