YASE at Science Forum South Africa

A session will be dedicated to the come back in Africa of young African scientists

The third edition of the Science Forum South Africa will take place in Pretoria on December 7th and 8th. Researchers from around the world are invited to discuss science, science policy, cooperation, social and human development. Issues related to the brain drain will be present, in particular through the "Come Back: How Africa Attracts Its Young Scientists" session organized in connection with the YASE conference.

On 7th December, from 3.30 pm to 5 pm, four researchers who got their PhD in Europe and who are now working in several African countries will share their experiences.


T Ezome

Tony Ezomé, assistant at the University of science and technology of Masuku, Gabon

PhD, Mathematics, University Paul-Sabatier, Toulouse, France

P Mthunzi Kufa

Patience Mthunzi-Kufa, Research group leader in biophotonics, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

PhD, Physics, University of St-Andrews, United Kingdom

T Razafimbel

Tantely Razafimbelo, diretor of the Laboratory of Radioisotopes, university of Antananarivo, Madagascar

PhD, Soil Sciences, Montpellier SupAgro, France

K Weldemariam

Komminist Weldemariam, Research Manager, IBM Research Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

PhD, Computer Sciences, Université of Trento, Italy

Together, they will discuss good (and bad) practices of cooperation between Europe and their different countries.

Anton Le Roex, Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, will discuss theses experiences, and will bring his point of view as an African academic and point out what he believes can promote "brain gain" towards the continent.


 A Leroex

The session will be moderated by Luc Allemand, director of Afriscitech, and organizer of the YASE meeting.

L Allemand