Honoris and Lindau Nobel Laureat Meetings signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase participation and to promote research in Natural Sciences and Economics across Africa. The meetings, held in Germany, offer delegates exposure to more than 50 of the most brilliant minds on the planet, all Nobel Laureates, as well as hundreds of other outstanding young scientists from 89 countries.
Every year, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings connect Nobel Laureates with the next generation of leading scientists: 600 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world.
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are about exchanging inspiration and ideas, providing an important platform for youth and innovation, bringing together successful innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs, where they not only obtain guidance, but are exposed to an environment to share thoughts, discuss challenges, and exchange experiences with their peers and mentors.
Five Economic Sciences students from Honoris institutions were selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Siham Refki, Yahya Bougdid, Khalid El Bairi, Meryem Laamarti and Azza Jomli were selected amongst 690 young scientists and economists from around the world .
Aarifah Razak, researcher at Regent Business School, South Africa
We encourage innovation in African youth by exposing them to technology at schools and universities. Using cellular technology we can make innovation achievable for the continent! We must create funded camps for young Africans where they can access technology like robotics, drones, and coding; learning to use these to solve real problems.
Aarifah Razak, an economics researcher at Regent Business School, South Africa, is passionate about using her knowledge to uplift Africa. As one of the 8 Honoris students selected to participate in the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, she shared her views on this prestigious programme with us:
The Lindau Nobel Program inspires innovation by providing a forum for scientists and economists to collaborate on key global issues. The programme has confirmed my belief that being an economist means improving lives and welfare using all available tools. I would like to contribute new research to improve Africa’s socio-economic development, using ideas from my Sciathon team and the Lindau Online Science days.
Christelle Meniago, a researcher at Regent Business School
We must create an enabling environment for youth and innovation in Africa; investment in quality education is key. They must be exposed to successful innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs, where they will get guidance, and also have a platform to share thoughts, discuss challenges, and exchange experiences with their peers and mentors. This is why the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are so important!
Christelle Meniago, a researcher from South Africa, is one of the young economists representing Regent Business School at the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She shared her passion for economics with us and spoke excitedly about the opportunities that the Lindau meetings present:
The fact that participants have the chance to meet with great scientists & economists allows for an immense exchange of ideas. Amorphous and unexpected conversations usually serve as the root of innovation. I am confident that this program will stimulate a culture of innovation among the participants.
Amal Mabrouki, Business & Project Enginerring – Université Centrale, Polytech Centrale in Tunisia
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are about exchanging both inspiration and ideas. This is the fuel for innovation – so that we may broaden our perspectives and find new ways to join the dots. It’s an opportunity for knowledge exchange between different generations, cultures, and disciplines. We are lucky enough to meet and talk to Nobel prize winners too, which is a great honour.
Amal Mabrouki is one of the 8 Honoris students selected to participate in this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She is an economics student from Université Centrale École Polytechnique, Tunisia, and shared her excitement of being selected with us, as well as her belief in the African youth:
Events like these are key to boosting entrepreneurship and innovation in the youth. Africa has a lot of unexplored transformational potential – in order to promote change and accelerate the transformation process, we must start integrating youth innovation and entrepreneurship. Early mentoring, network building, incubation centres, and financial support will help to boost the next generation.
Azza Jomli, Petrochemichal Engineering – Université Centrale, Polytech Centrale in Tunisia
Youths across Africa embody innovation – finding solutions in places nobody else will look. Whatever the challenge, there are innovative solutions to be found. We must be passionate and persistent in educating the youth and getting them involved in projects that are relevant to them and the issues they face.
Celebrating African youth innovation, we spoke to Azza Jomli, a second year Petrochemical Engineering student from Université Centrale École Polytechnique in Tunisia, and one of the 8 selected Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings from the Honoris network. She shared her excitement for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings:
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings give me enormous hope because they prove that science connects us beyond borders and language. As a female scientist, I am also excited to meet other inspiring women to connect and share ideas with. We will be working with young scientists and experienced Nobel Laureates from around the world, with the opportunity to take steps towards actionable research which will one day change the world. This is what motivates me.