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”.
55 students from 21 different African countries graduated with the AIMS Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences on 23rd of June 2011. The group includes 16 women and brings the total of AIMS graduates to 360 since 2003. A special graduation ceremony officiated by the Vice Chancellors of the three Western Cape universities was held in
Prof Alain Damlamian (CIMPA) and Prof Barry Green (AIMS) have signed a memorandum of understanding in which AIMS undertakes to host a biennial CIMPA School. The agreement was signed on Wednesday 15 June 2011 during the CIMPA Research School on Modelling and Simulation in Population Biology being held at AIMS in Muizenberg.
The President of Ghana, Professor John Atta-Mills, through Vice-President John Mahama, has committed 1.5 million US dollars to the building of AIMS-Ghana, a pan-African centre of excellence in the mathematical sciences to be built in Saltpond, seat of the African independence movement. AIMS Ghana is scheduled to open in September 2012 and will offer world-class
An international conference promoting the development of science in Africa, and AIMS in particular, was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris this week. Leading scientists, political leaders and students discussed the need for pan-African initiatives to develop science and stem brain drain on the continent. There was strong emphasis on the development of AIMS-Senegal
Neil Turok has been selected as one of the 2010 Laureates for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). He won the award for the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative which he launched after winning the TED prize in 2008. The Qatar Foundation and the WISE Awards International Jury announced the six winning projects under the theme of
Professors Fritz Hahne and Neil Turok have been jointly awarded the SAMS Award for the Advancement of Mathematics 2010, in recognition of their efforts in establishing AIMS. According to the Chair of the SAMS Award committee Prof Jamshid Moori, the motivation was based on the fact that “Mathematics in South Africa and Africa as a
On Friday 5th of November 2010, Dr Thulani Dlamini, Group Executive for Research and Development at the the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Prof Barry Green (Director) of AIMS signed a memorandum of understanding at the CSIR premises in Pretoria. The two institutes have agreed to cooperate in the following areas: – Linking