FESA Techno-Scientific Journeys

From September 29 to October 2, Fundação Eduardo dos Santos (FESA) will host its famous ‘Techno-Scientific Journeys’ conference in Luanda, Angola, marking the 10th anniversary of these events. This year’s ‘Techno-Scientific Journeys’ will bring together public sector and scientific experts from around the world to examine ‘Angola in the context of Africa’s regional integration’. The… Read More



Can the glove fit? My take on the African university rankings debate

University rankings always generate huge interest globally. The so-called winners turn them into marketing fodder to attract talented students and staff, and the ‘losers’ plot how to improve their rankings in future years. Before this year, Africa was the only continent whose universities did not feature in global leagues tables. However, in July, Times Higher… Read More


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The PEI Partners Forum is building a movement for science, technology and innovation (STI) in Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind. We believe STI must be at the heart of the African-development agenda and that business should be a key partner.

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Blogger Network

Our network brings together expert views on cutting edge thought on science in Africa. Each one of them is helping us map our journey to scientific independence.

Dr Alvaro Sobrinho

Dr Alvaro Sobrinho

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho is a prominent Angolan businessman and philanthropist. Born and raised in Angola, Álvaro has been at the forefront of the rise of one of Africa’s most powerful economies and is now devoted to his mission to empower the continent through investment in science, technology and advanced academic training. Following the completion of the United Nations sponsored International Year of the Planet Earth in 2009, Álvaro was one of the key founding members of the PEI as a means to bring academia, governments and the private sector together to develop innovative, locally-led projects to train a new generation of African scientists.

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Prof Jerry Kuma

Prof Jerry Kuma

Prof. Jerry Kuma is a Professor and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana. As an expert in sustainability issues relating to the use of water in the African mining sector. Prof. Kuma provides the PEI with scientific support and guidance relating to a number of the Institute’s key projects on the African continent.

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Prof Mukesh Khare

Prof Mukesh Khare

Dr. Mukesh Khare is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, and member of the PEI Global Scientific Committee. Professor Khare received his PhD in Faculty of Engineering (Specialized in Air Quality) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1989. He has published to date more than 140 refereed articles in refereed professional journals and conferences/seminars; 4 books ("Modelling Vehicular Exhaust Emissions", WIT Press, UK; "Artificial Neural Networks in Vehicular Pollution Modelling", Springer, USA; "Aluminum Smelting: Environmental, Health and Engineering Perspectives", Ian Randle, Jamaica); 6 contributed chapters in books/handbooks, published by WIT Press, UK and Elsevier, USA. Additionally, he has published about 40 technical reports on research/consultancies conducted for government agencies and private industries. Prof. Khare continues to serve as peer reviewer for several government ministries grants programs and state programs and consultant/advisor to the Government of NCT Delhi and Central Pollution Control Board.

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CESSAF – Angola’s first major PhD programme

The Centre of Excellence in Science for Sustainability in Africa (CESSAF) is a new PhD facility in Luanda, Angola, based at Agostinho Neto University . The first of its kind, CESSAF will focus on teaching and research in applied science for sustainability in Angola and throughout sub- Saharan Africa. CESSAF is the result of a unique… Read More


Mobile technologies, science & key skills training in Africa

As part of the PEI’s work investigating how Africa’s technology boom can be applied for scientific development, we have undertaken a series of research and mapping consultations to explore the potential for pilot programmes for higher education and industry training on the continent. Our consultations have interviewed and surveyed academics and others across Africa and… Read More


#scienceAfrica campaign

Our #scienceAfrica campaign is focused on pushing science, technology and innovation higher up the developmental agenda. Working with governments in Africa and beyond, as well as businesses, NGOs and the academic community, we are committed to promoting and championing the role of science. Our campaign this year has seen us take delegations across Africa, as… Read More


About Us

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind in the race for scientific development. And we want that to change, fast.