The programme is implemented at national level for young researchers, regional level for women scientists and continental level open to all scientists. The Continental level is the highest level of the programme. The objective is to give out science awards to top African scientists for their achievements and valuable discoveries and findings in science, technology and innovation. AUKNASE reflects and underscores a success story and the critical role of science and technology in the development and integration of Africa.
Under this programme prizes are awarded to top African scientists in each of the following two sectors
(a) Life and Earth Science and innovation; and
(b) Basic Science, Technology and Innovation at the national, regional and continental levels.
The African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence Programme is implemented using these of rules of procedure.
The African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence Programme (AUKNASE) shall be organized at three levels:
Continental Level where two awards of USD 100,000 are given to African pioneer scientists
Regional Level where two African women scientists per each of the five geographical regions of Africa are given USD 20,000 each, and
National Level dedicated to young African researchers, where two prizes are given per country and the value of the prizes is determined by the African Union Commission
For the purpose of this award the following definitions shall apply:
1. Scientific awards are one-time monetary prizes that are given to outstanding African scientists for their scientific achievements and valuable discoveries and findings. They are not lifetime achievement awards;
2. Life and Earth Sciences and Innovation: embraces all sciences related to the planet earth, covering (but not limited to) the following disciplines, geology, geophysics and geodesy. On the other hand, we regard Life Sciences to encompass all sciences that have to do with 'organisms', like plants, animals and human .This may be Agro-technology, Animal Science, Plant Science, Biotechnology, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Food Sciences, Medicine, and Tissue Engineering to mention a few;
3. Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation: this category will consist of all other sciences, technologies and innovations excluding those covered within Earth and life Sciences category. These may include, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, civil etc), Artificial Intelligence, Material Sciences, Manufacturing and Production Technologies, Metallurgy, Textiles, Energy and Innovations, etc.
Dateline for submission: 10 November 2019 at 17:00 hours Addis Ababa time
Source: The African Union
Illustration Photo: Mr. Souleymane BADO inspects a banana leaf for the presence of disease symptoms in the greenhouse. The development of disease tolerant banana varieties is one of the themes being investigated in the IAEA Plant Breeding Unit, Seibersdorf. (credits: Dean Calma / IAEA / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))