Yale University, ‘Securing Africa’s Future Through STEM’

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Dr. Martial Ndeffo-Mbah, a research scientist from Yale School of Public Health who is working on the epidemiology of microbial diseases, was graduated from AIMS in 2005. For many years, Yale faculty have advanced their scholarship through collaborative relationships in Africa, and each year the educational experiences of countless students are enriched by exploring issues of relevance to the continent, said …

Could the Next Einstein Be from Africa?

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The Continent’s tortuous path towards colonial emancipation and subsequent sustainable development has been fraught with challenges that have become almost synonymous with the African experience. In spite of the global economic slowdown brought on by declining oil and commodities prices, African economies continue to expand at a rapid pace. At the same time, there is a rise in fiscal deficits, …

Why African Scientists Must Be Champions for Democracy

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Many stories of human rights violations in Africa may not sound like they have anything to do with science or maths. But they are actually inextricably linked with an ongoing drive to find the next Albert Einstein. There is no doubt that scientists and mathematicians have an enormous amount to contribute to Africa’s future. They can develop vaccines and cures for …

Africa Must Spend More on Science Research to Halt Brain Drain, Lift Growth – Scientists

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A lack of investment in science is stunting Africa’s growth, driving engineers, researchers and scientists abroad and depriving the continent of billions of dollars each year, the founder of a landmark conference said on Thursday. Africa loses $4 billion a year by outsourcing jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths, the so-called STEM fields, to foreign professionals, said Thierry Zomahoun, …

Debate: Basic vs. Applied Research and the “Brain-Drain” Phenomenon

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The motivation to write on the topic of the Closing Panel Discussion of the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in 2014 “Science to the benefit of Mankind” [1] resulted from the concern with recent changes to the research funding structure in many countries away from basic (i.e. blue sky, curiosity driven) research towards applied (i.e. needs driven, industry and application …

Transforming Africa with science and technology?

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What does it take to convert Africa into a first-class research destination which knows how to tackle its problems? Scientists and policymakers have been deliberating at a major science conference in Washington DC. … Another one is AIMS – the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. It has already established five institutes for postgraduates across Africa: in Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and …

AIMSSEC strengthens relationships with leading international mathematics education researchers

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AIMSSEC is one of nine international partners in the Formative Assessment in Science and Mathematics Education (FaSMEd) project. In February 2016, AIMSSEC hosted a FaSMEd consortium meeting in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Among the visitors were international experts such as Professor Bärbel Barzel, from the University of Essen in Germany; Professor Malcolm Swan from the University of Nottingham in the UK; …

Less than a month before highly anticipated Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016

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What better way to highlight the contributions of African scientists to global science than to bring the world to Africa? How do you place science and technology at the centre of Africa’s emergence? How does the world respond to common challenges like climate change? These are some of the questions the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016 (NEF GG2016). To …

Fish App – Young African Mathematicians Help Senegal’s Fishermen

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In the future, Senegalese fishermen might be able to use an app to calculate how much they can catch today without devastating the fish stocks of tomorrow. That’s vital as stocks are shrinking along the country’s Atlantic coast, while the population just keeps growing. The app is being tested and developed by researchers at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences …