The 5th Network Meeting for Research Groups in Mathematics in Sub-Saharan Africa

Theme: Strengthening collaborative and sustainable relevant research in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Mathematical Statistics

17th to 19th August 2020

Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania

Objectives of the meeting

  • To promote regional and international collaboration in training, research and outreach.
  • To provide a forum for interaction of African mathematicians and others from outside Africa in the view of sharing experiences in mathematics training, research and dissemination activities.

Request for participation

The intention is that the network meeting will consist of members who are already established in their respective group or specialisation. New potential members are advised to apply.

The registration for the network meeting will be open 1 February to 30 April 2020.

When you register, you are expected to indicate which field of the already established research groups you are closest to:

  • Pure mathematics: Complex analysis, PDEs and applications, Operator theory and function spaces, Algebra, Combinatorics
  • Applied mathematics: Invers problems and PDEs, Financial mathematics, Operational research, Biomathematics
  • Statistics: Applied probability theory, Multivariate statistical inference

These choices will be the basis for the distribution of the participants into groups.

Letters of invitation will be issued to participants upon request for processing of travel documents.

Scientific committee

  • Dr. Martin Singull, Linköping University, Sweden (Chair)
  • Dr. Addisalem Abathun, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Juma Kasozi, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Prof. João Paulo Munembe, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Prof. Allen Mushi, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Dr. Betty K. Nannyonga, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr. Japhet Niyobuhungiro, University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Dr. Fanja Rakotondrajao, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Dr. LaylaSorkatti, University of Khartoum, Sudan
  • Dr. Isaac D. Tembo, University of Zambia, Zambia
  • Prof. Hamidou Toure, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Prof. Patrick Weke, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Local organising committee

  • Dr. Sylvester Rugeihyamu, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania (Chair)
  • Dr. David Koloseni, UDSM (Secretary)
  • Prof. Eunice Mureithi, UDSM (Head of Dept)
  • Prof. Allen Mushi, UDSM
  • Dr. James Makungu, UDSM
  • Dr. Shaban Nyimvua, UDSM
  • Dr. Theresia Marijani, UDSM
  • Dr. Egbert Mujuni, UDSM
  • Dr. Herieth Rwezaura, UDSM
  • Prof. John M. Mango, MakerereUniversity, Uganda

Finance committee

  • Dr. Bengt Ove Turesson, ISP, Uppsala University, and Linköping University, Sweden (Chair)
  • Dr. Leif Abrahamson, ISP, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Prof. John M. Mango, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr. Sylvester Rugeihyamu, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Prof. Eunice Mureithi, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Sponsors

The network meeting is partly sponsored by the Sida funded bilateral programmes and the ISP mathematics programme. The organisers of the workshop are actively seeking support from other organisations.

Financial support

Limited financial assistance to cater for (full/partial) travels and/or local expenses will be provided to some members depending on the availability of sponsors. However, every effort should be made by the candidates to secure full financial support. Candidates will be selected by the organisers, and will be informed of the results at least one month before the respective event.

Language

The official language at the meeting is English.

Visa

Visa may be required for international visitors at Kilimanjaro International Airport or other ports of entry. Please check with the respective local Embassy for details and other requirements. The government of the Republic of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Accomodation

All participants of the network meeting will stay at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge and accommodation with full board is USD 110 per night and person.

For more information, please contact:

Background and purpose of this meeting
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In Eastern Africa, Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and ISP (International Science Programme) have supported mathematics in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania for several years through bilateral programmes and network building. The support is mainly for capacity building on PhD and Postdoctoral levels. ISP support to mathematics started almost two decades ago with the aim of building capacity and improving the state of Mathematics in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia through the EAUMP network (Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme) and Ethiopia has been supported by ISP for a number of years. ISP has over the years extended its support to West African countries through the network of PDEs and Control Theory and to South-East Asian countries – Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar – through the SEAMaN network (South-East Asia Mathematical Network).

The 1st and 2nd network meetings for Sida- and ISP-funded PhD students and postdocs in mathematics took place in Sweden in March 2017 and February 2018 respectively. The 3rd network meeting took place in Entebbe, Uganda, in August, 2018, and the 4th network meeting took place in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, in August, 2019.

The aim of the 5th network meeting is to encourage collaborative research through regional research groups. It is anticipated that the participants will mainly be from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zambia, West Africa, as well as some European countries. The participants will comprise of ISP and Sida supported PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows, supervisors and mentors, and senior researchers in mathematics. Other researchers who are interested to join the groups are welcomed.

Previous network meetings
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  • Fourth Network Meeting for Sida- and ISP-funded PhD Students and Postdocs in Mathematics, 5-9 August 2019, Bishoftu, Ethiopia
  • Third Network Meeting for Sida- and ISP-funded PhD Students and Postdocs in Mathematics, 20-24 August 2018, Entebbe, Uganda
  • Second Network Meeting for Sida- and ISP-funded PhD Students in Mathematics, 26-27 February 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
  • First Network Meeting for Sida- and ISP-funded PhD Students in Mathematics, 7-8 March 2017, Stockholm, Sweden

Organiser at Linköping University
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