UNESCO – Merck Africa Research Summit 2017

UNESCO – Merck Africa Research Summit 2017

Deadline: August 30, 2017

Applications are ongoing for the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit-MARS 2017. The UNESCO-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 the African research community, with special focus on “The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development-Two emerging challenge in Africa”. The Summit will also showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities, and by the wider African research community. The summit is a unique opportunity for Africa’s young and talented scientists to share their research output and findings with the top echelon of scientists from Africa and abroad. It is also an opportunity for networking and career development. The Summit will presents a platform where young and female scientists will be able to discuss the enabling environment for better research among others.

On other note the organizing committee will launch the “Best Young African Researcher Award” and the “Best African Woman Researcher Award” to recognize the outstanding contribution of African female scientist with aim to promote women in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The annual Summit- UNESCO-MARS will address the vital role of research in the improvement and sustainable development of population health with specific emphasis on how to translate knowledge into action-the ‘know-do gap’- to improve health and make an impact on society.


  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed and 100 winners will be eligible for Sponsorship;
  • First three winners will be eligible for further number of Research Awards;
  • Further Research Award will be dedicated for Best African Women Researchers


  • Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in research related to both Cancer specially in Women and Vaccines Development;
  • 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.

Application Process

Applicants are to complete the online application form

  • You must write your name as author and the names of all your co-authors;
  • A descriptive title, up to 5 keywords;
  • The topic into which your abstract fits Cancer and Vaccine Development.
  • A copy of your passport will be required later.

For more information, visit UNESCO-Merck Research Summit.