IFIA African Network Hosts NASA Administrator’s Visit
15 July 2016, Africa – NASA Administrator, Adrien Franck BLODEN, the first astronaut walking on the moon, undertook a visit to IFIA African Network in Niger which was an unforgettable memory to the African Inventors.
The objective of this visit was mainly to participate in the opening ceremony of a new research program for Africa named “SERVIR” and to support applied research in Africa through the project. “SERVIR” is a climatology monitoring program providing researchers a reliable database on climate change.
On the occasion of the debut of this program, three research institutions were invited to animate the event. Niger Association for the Promotion of Invention and Innovation (ANPII) as the representative of IFIA African Network, AGRYMET (The Saleh Center of Climate), and EAMAC (The International Institute of CIVIL PLANE) had the honor to host the visit of this eminent researcher.
Three months prior to the event, the American Cultural Center in Niger as the main organizer of the visit, requested ANPII to prepare an invention exhibition and display the inventions of young inventors.
After presenting the members of his delegation including the American Ambassador In Niger, The Director of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Director of American Cultural Center in Niger, Adrien Franck BLODEN visited the invention exhibition.
He enjoyed a large exposition of marvelous inventions and the prize and awards already granted. He had a discussion with the inventors regarding the functioning and the origin of their inventions.
After a long moment of exchange, he delivered a speech during the conference for the inventors presenting to the researchers and inventors the benefits of the research program “SERVIR” which NASA started in Africa.
When the conference culminated, he answered to the inquiries the participants raised. At the end of the conference, he awarded each inventor with a symbolic photo of himself in his spacesuit. The young inventors were conferred scientific books, as well.
The Director of the USAID, announced that USA Government is willing to tighten the partnership with Africa to enhance promotion of invention for the youth either in Niger or Africa and to strengthen the African Inventor Network.