UNESCO conference focuses on AIMS

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

WISE award for AIMS-NEI

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

MOU between AIMS and CSIR

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

AIMS-NEI Planning Meeting

The 2010 AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) Planning Meeting was  held at AIMS-South Africa from 13-15 October. This meeting saw representatives from existing and proposed AIMS centres in Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Botswana come together with members of the AIMS-NEI Board and other supporters. This group of senior academics from across the continent (and

AIMS Alumni at Singularity University

Three AIMS alumni attended a Singularity University short course at NASA AMES in Silicon Valley from 19 June to the end of August  2010. Mercy Njima (2007-8), Kidist Zeleke (2007-8) and Hind Ahmed (2005-6) were provided with special grants to cover their travel, registration and living costs during the course. Singularity University  (SU)is an interdisciplinary

Project 10^100

Mountain View, CA, September 24, 2010 – As part of a project to fund world-changing ideas, Google has awarded US$2 million to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) for its Next Einstein Initiative (NEI), a plan that will accelerate higher education in math and science across Africa. AIMS is one of the winners of Google’s Project 10^100, which

Canada announces federal funding for AIMS and NEI

Prime Minister of Canada Announces $20 Million for Building Capacity in Africa During a special visit to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) tied to the centre’s Global Outreach activities, the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper announced new federal funding of $20 CDN million for AIMS and NEI to speed the growth of science and technology capacity in

NEPAD endorses NEI

Africa recognizes that in order to achieve economic and social progress, countries have to put more emphasis on how to use the sciences as a vehicle for development, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, said in Midrand today during a meeting with Prof. Neil Turok, Chair of