Our 2017 #ScienceAfrica UnConference!

On Thursday 20th July, the Planet Earth Institute (PEI) was delighted to welcome over 250 people for the 2017 #ScienceAfrica UnConference. The exciting day saw guests from a diverse range of backgrounds come together to celebrate ‘Big Ideas for Africa’. The UnConference also highlighted the individuals, research groups, academic institutions and commercial organisations making great… Read More


Add Your Project to the PEI exChange Project Map

The PEI exChange makes it simple for people to meet, connect, and exchange ideas and expertise with a global, online community. We believe that Africa needs a free, open platform for people to connect and that this exchange of information and expertise will support projects and organisations to scale and develop. One feature facilitating this… Read More


Become A Partner

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.

Find out more about becoming a partner

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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Rt Hon Lord Boateng

Rt Hon Lord Boateng

Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng is a leading figure on Africa and its development and a member of the UK House of Lords, having been raised to peerage in July 2010. Appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in May 2002 under Prime Minister Rt Hon Tony Blair, he then took the office of the British High Commissioner to South Africa from March 2005 to May 2009. In March 2012 he was invited to become a Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute and was appointed Chairman in February 2017. He remains a strong voice for Africa and beyond.

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Sir Christopher Edwards

Sir Christopher Edwards

Sir Christopher Edwards is a highly distinguished academic, knighted in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to science, academia and the medical sector in the United Kingdom, as well as chairman of the PEI's Academic Panel. Sir Christopher was previously Chairman of both the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust and of Medical Education England, and the first Principal of Imperial College School of Medicine from 1995 to 2000. Sir Christopher was also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, leading a transformation programme that saw it become one of the UK’s finest higher education institutions. Sir Christopher has long had a personal and professional passion for the African continent, and joined the PEI Trustee board in 2012. In 2017, he was made Chairman of the PEI's Academic Panel.

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We believe scientific independence will come through higher education, technological innovation and effective international advocacy. All our projects fall under these categories.

If you want to share your project, upload it to our #scienceAfrica map.

HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme

Launched in 2016, the “Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme” awards PhD research grants in five key areas critical to the sustainable development of Mauritius and the African continent: energy; water and sanitation; agri-business; health; blue skies research. The grants cover the cost of research and academic fees, a student living stipend, travel… Read More

Science Technology Enrolment Programme (STEP)

The PEI Foundation was delighted to announce our first initiative in Mauritius, the Science and Technology Enrolment Programme (STEP), which began on February 29th at Le Bocage, a leading international school. With the support of HE President Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, STEP is an educational programme designed to deliver interactive study days in Mauritian schools, with the ultimate… 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 has seen us take delegations across Africa, as well as… Read More


Our videos bring to life our advocacy for Africa’s scientific independence.

Learn more about our work both in the UK and across the continent.

Interview with Dr. Sipho Moyo, Director of Special Projects, African Development Bank

Dr. Sipho Moyo, Director of Special Projects, African Development Bank was one of the speakers at our #ScienceAfrica UnConference. Here is our interview with her...

Planet Earth Institute #ScienceAfrica UnConference, 20th July 2017

On 20th July, the Planet Earth Institute welcomed over 250 people from government, business, academia, and the civil society to our 2017 #ScienceAfrica UnConference. The event focused on the scientific and technological innovations happening in and for Africa....

Lifeline Energy's Big Idea for Africa

Lifeline Energy explains their Big Idea for Africa: Herd talks, educational content for Africa's nomadic pastoralists....


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.