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Africa: Founding member of Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars recognized as Next Einstein Forum Fellow

Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World    Translate This Article
12 March 2016

Dr Amanda Weltman has been recognized by the Next Einstein Forum* (NEF) as one of 15 distinguished African scientists selected for the inaugural 2015-2016 class of NEF Fellows—''15 of Africa's best and the brightest scientists, rigorously selected for their groundbreaking contributions to science''.

Dr Amanda Weltman, PhD
Amanda Weltman, PhD

Dr Weltman, whose field is Theoretical Physics, holds the South African Research Chair in Physical Cosmology and is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in Cambridge, headed by Stephen Hawking, and has also worked with Brian Greene. In 2012 she was elected into the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and is now on the Executive Committee.

As recently reported in Mail & Guardian - Africa, ''Amanda's love of solving problems has led her to the playground of the universe, theoretical physics. She is most well-known for proposing the Chameleon field—a particle that could be responsible for causing the observed accelerated expansion of the universe . . . . Her work has created new research subfields in cosmology and experimental physics. Her current research focus is on explaining and observing the two greatest unknown components of our universe, Dark Energy and Dark Matter. She is also trying to understand the nature of time, and whether the universe had a beginning and how it will end.'' 

Dr. Weltman is one of six women in this inaugural class of NEF Fellows. At the launch of the first NEF Global Gathering, held 8-10 March in Dakar, Senegal, a presidential panel highlighted African women's contribution to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in celebration of International Women's Day. The women NEF Fellows were also recognized.


'The Next Einstein Forum's six female fellows with H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal and H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda at the launch of the NEF Global Gathering. Earlier, a presidential panel highlighted African women's contribution to STEM to recognize International Women's Day. Left to Right: Amanda Weltman, South Africa; Sherien Elagroudy, Egypt; Evelyn Gitau, Kenya; President Kagame; President Macky Sall, Alta Schutte, South Africa; Tolu Oni, Nigeria; Ghada Bassioni, Egypt. (PRNewsFoto/Next Einstein Forum)'

The Next Einstein Forum's six female fellows with H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal (4th from left), and H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda (5th from left), at the launch of the NEF Global Gathering, held 8-10 March 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.
Dr Amanda Weltman is at far left.


Dr Weltman is also a founding member of the Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World, and has attended, addressed and inspired every congress to date in Holland and Switzerland.

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* The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has been endorsed by the African Union Commission as well as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Governments of Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and a growing number of private sector and civil society partners from across the world who are passionate about positioning Africa's scientific community as an influential member in the global scientific community, which will ensure sustainable human development in Africa and other parts of the world.

Copyright © 2016 Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars



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