The ‘next Einstein’ referred to in the title of this blog is Amanda Weltman, a 36-year-old South African cosmologist working on the Chameleon field which is a way to explain the accelerated expansion of the universe and seen as an extension of Einstein’s work. Of course Weltman isn’t literally the next Einstein, but she is one of 15 “Next Einstein Fellows”.
Founded in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) was launched by two key partners – The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Robert Bosch Stiftung with the goal to bring together leading thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa to leverage science to solve global challenges.
It’s crucial to provide an infrastructure and community in which high-end scientific research can be performed, for this is what paves the way for innovation. And the continent’s future scientific development could have a profound impact on the future of mankind.