Within the framework of the German Research Chair Program, at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana, a four-day Conference on Mathematics and Its Applications (CMIA) was held in Accra from August 29 – September 1, 2022.
The German Ministry of Education and Research, the DAAD Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation all provided support in organizing this conference.
Speaking during the conference’s opening ceremony, Prof. Olivier Pamen, the German Research Chair at AIMS Ghana, emphasized the value of holding scientific conferences, particularly in the field of mathematics and its applications.
He stated that mathematics was a rare yet highly resourceful skill in Africa and that many African governments generally lacked the resources necessary to develop mathematical sciences. He argued that this lack of resources prevented national development in Africa from changing the status quo and producing the necessary skills for scientific advancement.
That, according to him, explains why there are so few PhD candidates, math educators, and researchers across the African continent. “Governments would need to implement proactive steps and reorient policies to facilitate the work of researchers “in order to eradicate, if not bridge this gap,” Prof Pamen added.
According to Professor Pamen, organizing the conference as well as similar workshops and conferences during the previous four years was necessary in order to fulfill his commitment to assist young researchers around the world, particularly African researchers to develop capacity and make discoveries in mathematics and its applications.
He emphasized that this had gathered researchers each year to discuss advancements in their line of work.
The CMIA 2022 brought together over 40 participants and speakers from roughly 15 different countries, with the support of Prof. Ralf Wunderlich from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and Prof. Peter Imkeller from Humboldt U in Berlin.
The mathematical research fields discussed covered areas in Stochastic Analysis and Applications among others.
The purpose of giving these researchers in the field of mathematical science a platform is to enable them to connect, network, and exchange their work with others in different fields.
Prof. Wunderlich emphasized how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the planning of in-person gatherings and recognized the value of holding conferences on-site because mathematical sciences need highly interactive participant engagement.
The CMIA in particular, improved relationships between various universities and research centers and fostered collaboration between students and researchers in the field of mathematics and its applications.
After receiving their certificates of attendance, CMIA participants thanked the event’s organizers and funders for giving them the chance to learn more about a range of mathematical