Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS 2022

Application for the Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS 2022 is now open with the aim to build research capacity in Africa.

About the Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit

The research summit for 2022 aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with a special focus on

“The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development – Two emerging challenges in Africa”.

In addition, the organizing committee will be presenting the “Best Young, African Researcher Award” and the “Best African Woman Researcher Award”

This is to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Female Scientists with the aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit – MARS will open a discussion with Ministries of Health, Information, Education, Science and Technology, and Gender across Africa.

They will be defining policies with the aim to empower youth and women in STEM and to address the vital role of research in the improvement and sustainable development of population’s health with specific emphasis on translating knowledge to action – the ‘know-do gap’ – to improve.

Details of the Summit

Deadline for Submission: July 31, 2022

Location: Dubai

This summit will be a unique opportunity for winners of MARS Research Awards to share their research output and findings. Similarly, it is an opportunity for networking and career development.

The Summit will provide a platform for awardees to discuss and enable a conducive environment for better research during the ministerial panel that will be conducted on the 15th of November, 2022.

Abstract Submission Details

  • Abstracts are welcome from final year African Ph.D students and young investigators involved in research related to either of the listed topics like:
    • Cancer (especially in women)
    • Vaccines Development
  • All abstracts should be primarily African Research Institutes and Universities based, although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is encouraged.

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