AIMS-NEI Network Strategy Planning Meeting
AIMS-NEI organised and hosted the first ever Network Strategy Planning meeting from 23-25 May in Muizenberg. The workshop was attended by members of the NEI Secretariat, representatives from each of the AIMS centres; AIMS-South Africa, AIMS-Senegal, AIMS-Ghana and AIMS-Ethiopia as well as representatives from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada.
The objective of the workshop was to answer the following three questions:
- Where is AIMS now and how did we get here?
- Where do we go from here and how do we get there?
- What is the roadmap for future success?
The outcomes of this meeting will help support and guide the development and launch of future AIMS centres, ensuring their seamless integration into a network designed to build a critical mass of highly skilled math and science graduates across Africa.
After the meeting, Mr Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS-NEI Executive director stated, “I am excited at the possibilities and opportunities ahead and look forward to building on the solid foundations that has been laid as we continue to strengthen the AIMS brand as a thriving network of centres for science excellence and innovation in Africa.”
The found of AIMS, Prof. Neil Turok who is also the director of Perimeter Institute, said of the meeting, “It was just *amazing* to see a room packed full of enthusiasm, ideas and positive energy for the future of AIMS, and truly remarkable how strong our consensus is around our plans for the future. We are creating a new model for Africa's development: if our commitment and course remains true, and AIMS continues to grow, the impact will be enormous.”
AIMS mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, our hero and statesman.