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STEP into Space

Following a series of space science related activities run and coordinated by the Planet Earth Institute in the UK, an STEP study day on the issue will be held on 5th December 2016, in partnership with Northfields International School in Mauritius. Throughout an interactive day of workshops, lectures, question and answer sessions and hands-on learning… Read More



Statement 1 December 2016

In the light of an article published in L’Express newspaper in Mauritius on the 30th November 2016, the Chief Executive Officer of the Planet Earth Institute Foundation, Mr Mauricio Fernandes, makes the following clarifications: The Plant Earth Institute (PEI Foundation) Mauritius was launched in November 2015. In April this year 2016, the Foundation announced the launch of HE… Read More


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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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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 remains a strong voice for the PEI across Africa and beyond.

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HE President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

HE President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

HE Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is President of Mauritius, a passionate advocate for science, technology and innovation in Africa, and now Vice-Chairman and Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute. Before her appointment as President in 2015, HE Dr Gurib-Fakim was a distinguished scientist and entrepreneur. Between 2004 and 2010, President Gurib-Fakim was dean of the University of Mauritius’ science faculty, and subsequently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. Since 2011, she has been managing director of the Centre for Phytotherapy Research (CEPHYR), a private laboratory, and will maintain her involvement during her presidential term.

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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.

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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

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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


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


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.