Cyril D. Boateng, PhD

Managing Editor and Founder


Cyril Boateng is a research scientist and science communicator. He holds an MSc and PhD in Geophysics. He is currently based at the School of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum (East China). His research focus is on quantifying complexity in subsurface processes and integrating them into machine learning algorithms for improved prediction models. Cyril is passionate about STEM education, training scientists and communicating science to the general public. He chaired the organization and running of the SEG/AAPG 2nd African Geosciences Students Conference in 2014. Besides science research, he is interested in business related to the geosciences. His other interests include reading history, traveling and learning about new cultures and cooking.

Aymen I. Idris, PhD

Advisor and Editor & Creator (AfroScience Stories)


Aymen Idris is a pharmacology researcher currently based at the University of Sheffield (England, UK). The focus of his research is the design and testing of anti-inflammatory agents. As an MSc./Ph.D. student and postdoctoral researcher, he carried out significant research on the medicinal and harmful effects of natural and synthetic anti-inflammatory substances, with first-author publications in a number of prestigious scientific journals including Nature and Cell. As a laboratory leader at the universities of Sheffield (England, UK) and Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) his preclinical research has led to the foundation of arthElix Ltd. (est. 2017) and OsteoRX Ltd. (est. 2005) - two start-up companies established to develop anti-rheumatic and anti-metastatic drugs. He is an avid supporter of issues and needs of early-career scientists around the globe, founder and current editor-in-chief and HubLE.org , chair and founder of various initiatives, seminars, committees and networks founded and led by young scientists. Besides science, he is involved in medical and agricultural business activities related his research, and his other passions include bicycle touring around the globe (including Africa), playing the piano and writing/blogging on issues related to his life as a Scientist/Citizen of the Universe.