Michelle Knights, a PhD student in the Cosmology Group at AIMS, was crowned South Africa’s best science communicator at the first ever local FameLab competition on 15 March 2013, at the SciFest Africa in Grahamstown.
04 February, 2013 – Providing advanced, broadly applicable mathematical skills to talented students from across Africa, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) today announced an important new initiative called the “AIMS Industry Initiative”. The announcement of the programme was made by the Canadian High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Gaston Barban,
On 30 November 2012, a special Recognition of Achievement ceremony was held at AIMS South Africa for the January 2012 intake for the AIMS Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences. Nine South African students received their certificates of recognition and will graduate from the partner universities that they are registered at. Since opening in 2003, AIMS
“The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences was set up to breed a new generation of numerical talent. Now it is spreading across the continent.” Read more from an article by Leigh Phillips which appeared in the journal “Nature” on 8 November 2012. This was accompanied by a related editorial.
Neil Turok and AIMS were featured in an article in Wired Magazine titled “In search of Africa’s Einstein”, published on 6 August 2012. Please click on the link to view the online version. http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/08/features/in-search-of-africas-einstein
On 20 June 2012, a special graduation ceremony was held in Muizenberg Pavilion for the August 2011 intake of AIMS-South Africa Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences. 52 students graduated bringing the total number of AIMS graduates to 412 (including 124 women), from 32 different African countries, since the institute was opened in 2003. The ceremony
The panel of high profile scientists which reviewed AIMS and its Research Centre in March 2011, have released their report. The results of the review were extremely positive with the panel concluding that: “AIMS has made substantial progress invarious activities in the short period since its formation. This is reflected in the number of graduating Diploma students,
The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) is awarded to Dr. Carolina Ödman-Govender, director of academic development of the AIMS – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS – NEI). Ödman-Govender has worked in science for development for many years. Before joining the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS)
Eight years ago, physicist Neil Turok set up the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in South Africa. The initiative is now set to expand across the continent. Read the full article at nature.com.
Neil Turok wrote an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail: Transforming Africa, one student at a time. The piece says “Institute recruits top graduates in math, science and engineering to be the leaders of the future”.