02 December 2019
Hi, my name is Dr Alpha Kabinet KEITA
NEF Ambassador – Guinea Conakry
Dr Alpha Kabinet KEITA holds a degree in Medicine from the University of Conakry in Guinea. He received Master’s degree and PhD in Infectious Diseases at Aix-Marseille University, France. Currently, Alpha is a Deputy Director at Centre de Recherche et de Formation en Infectiologie de Guinee (CERFIG) and he is also Researcher in the Universities of Conakry and Montpellier for the research unit TransVIHMI (Translational Research on HIV and Infectious Diseases). His work focuses on the Ebola virus and other febriles illnesses at humans and wildlife interface in Guinea. Since November 2017, he has been Science and Technology Ambassador of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) for Guinea and NEF Fellow since July 2019.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Guinea Conakry
In a context of declining interest in science, the Guinean government has undertaken extensive reforms in recent years in the field of scientific research to build a new research culture in Guinea that will reduce the knowledge deficit and address development issues. Despite these reforms and the consideration of certain problems that inhibit the development of science, funding for this sector is still very insufficient and ageing staff is not systematically replaced in many disciplines. We are convinced that the organization of the African Science Week in Guinea will contribute to the enhancement of knowledge and the scientific process, the development of educational tools and the maintenance of dialogue between science and society. It will above all raise awareness among the population and especially among young people of the importance of science and technology in our societies; encourage vocations and careers to foster collective awareness of the role of science and technology in the country's development.