27th TWAS General Meeting Leading researchers and science policymakers convene in Rwanda for meeting of The World Academy of Sciences

Kigali, 27 October 2016 – The Government of Rwanda in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) will host the 27th TWAS General Meeting from 12 to 17 November 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting, which is a showcase for scientific excellence in the developing world, will attract around 300 participants from over 50 nations. These include Science Ministers and other high-level policymakers from across the globe, elite researchers, and leaders from science associations, funding agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Commenting on the event, Rwanda’s Minister of Education, Dr Papias Musafiri Malimba, said that Rwanda’s collaboration with TWAS presents great opportunities that will strengthen the country’s research capacity. This will help the country stay in touch with all the current global developments in support of the African continent’s needs for innovation, creativity and youth employment.
“Developing our capacity in Science, Technology and Research will help us strengthen many sectors, including health, agriculture, trade and industry, infrastructure, environment, and ICT, all of which are key sectors in our development. I am delighted that Rwanda is hosting the 27th TWAS General Meeting and I welcome all our distinguished delegates to Rwanda,” Minister Musafiri said. TWAS President Bai Chunli expressed great respect for Rwanda’s efforts to pursue development through science, engineering and education. With Rwanda as an emerging capital of African innovation, Kigali is an important site for the Academy’s annual meeting. “Rwanda embodies the values of TWAS,” said Bai. “Under the leadership of President Kagame, it has made a clear commitment to invest in science for sustainable development and economic growth. That creates a natural partnership between Rwanda and TWAS, with significant potential benefits. This meeting presents an opportunity to deepen the bonds and to explore future cooperation.” The meeting will include symposia and lectures on chemistry, global epidemics, and the role of social sciences in achieving a more just world. A symposium on astronomy will feature a presentation on the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio telescope, being planned for South Africa and Australia. In addition, Minister Musafiri and other high-level policymakers will speak at session on “Innovation for Sustainability”.

Rwanda will use this opportunity to showcase achievements registered over the last ten years in promoting science, technology, research and innovation, which has positively impacted the lives of millions of Rwandans. These range from school children using the Internet to scientists conducting research using the latest technologies. It will also highlight the country’s determination to promote science, technology, research and innovation in finding solutions to the challenges facing our society. These include the use of alternative sources of energy, promoting local indigenous knowledge and biodiversity conservation for sustainable development. The meeting also will feature the announcement of TWAS-Lenovo Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious honours for science in the developing world, as well as other TWAS honours. In addition, the Academy will announce newly elected Fellows and Young Affiliates. Founded in 1983, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) supports sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy and diplomacy. It has nearly 1,200 members – including 15 Nobel Prize laureates – who represent the highest ranks of scientific excellence in the South