2015 UNESCO/Merck Africa Research Summit in Geneva, Switzerland (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: July 30th 2015

2015 UNESCO/Merck Africa Research Summit  in Geneva, Switzerland 19th-20th October 2015

The Merck Africa Research Summit- MARS is being organised by Merck, in collaboration with UNESCO, the Cambridge-Africa Programme at the University of Cambridge, and Universita di Roma, Italy. MARS aims to bring together researchers from across Africa to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data, and to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in African research community on health, with special focus on Ebola and emergent infectious diseases, to showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities, and by the wider African research community.

Whom

  • Up to 100 scientists / researchers will be able to attend the Summit.
  • Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in HIV, Ebola and other infectious disease research.
  • All should be primarily based at African research institutes and Universities.

It provided a networking platform for dialogue on improving global cooperation on health research and narrowing the disparities in health systems performance between developing and developed countries. African researchers network where they exchange experience, knowledge, best practice (especially In Ebola management) and cooperate in future research and development projects. In 2015 the inaugural summit will have a special focus on HIV and Ebola, highlighting how experience gained from investigating the former could inform and drive the rapid understanding of the latter in the recent crisis in West Africa.

Diverse set of speakers from Academia , Research institutes, major funding organizations of health/medical research, Chairs of Medical Research Councils, NGOs, Industry, established and emergent researchers, policy makers, ministries of health and editors of scientific / medical journals.

  • Speeches, keynote lectures and panel discussion about latest research in the areas of focus to exchange experienceand share information.
  • Scientific tour around GVA R&D and Manufacturing site.
  • Workshops will cater for debates that stimulate young Researchers and Innovators to resolve health issues.
  • Central gallery will provide dedicated space to display, demonstrate and discuss their own research (Posters and abstracts) followed by posters sessions

Benefits:

  • Up to 100 scientists / researchers will be fully sponsored by Merck to attend the Summit in Geneva. Their selection will be based on their abstract submission.
  • Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in HIV, Ebola and other infectious disease research.
  • All should be primarily based at African research institutes and Universities, although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is encouraged.
  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed and will be eligible for sponsorship and first three winners will be eligible for further number of research awards:
  • 1st MARS Award : 6month fellowship in Merck R&D hub
  • 2nd MARS Award : 1500 euro
  • 3rd MARS Award : 1000 euro

Application Procedure:

  • You must write : your name as “author”,the names of all your co-authors
  • A descriptive title, up to 5 keywords
  • The topic into which your abstract fits
    HIV or Ebola or other infectious diseases.
  • Please also submit the completed application form with all your personal details required and a copy of your passport will be required later.

Submit you completed application and abstract to this [email protected]

Fill Out the Online Application Form

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  2015 UNESCO/Merck Africa Research Summit 

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