The AIMS House of Science is the coordination Hub of AIMS South Africa’s public engagement activities. Delivering public engagement and advancing leadership, knowledge and skills for scientific outreach and science communication in AIMS students and researchers. House of Science also provides mentoring and capacity building to enhance and up-scale AIMS students and researchers in research dissemination and community outreach.
Aims and Objectives
To build capacity and train AIMS students, researchers, academics and alumni so that they are better enabled, skilled and confident in undertaking public engagement activities, initiatives and community outreach.
To promote mathematics and science engagement with the broader community in Africa and showcasing the mathematical sciences and its applications research conducted at AIMS.
To stimulate young people’s interest to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and become the next generation of scientists, leaders and problem solvers.
To improve the participation, progression and retention rates of women and girls in STEM-related fields.
To conduct research studies on various topical issues on science/mathematics communication and gender in STEM in Africa.
To further enhance the programmatic delivery framework of the House of Science programmatic framework, House of Science has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with African Gong - the Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication. The partnership with African Gong allows a joint delivery and implementation of three specific programmes, two conceptualized by African Gong and one by both AIMS and African Gong. These include:
Africa Scientifique: Leadership, Knowledge & Skills for Science Communication
A unique Training and Capacity-building programme designed for young and emerging African scientists, scholars and researchers (Masters’ and PhD’s students), to advance research expertise and capacity on the continent, and to build advanced skills, expertise and practice of science communication and research dissemination with publics in Africa.
Women Advancement Forum International Exchanges, Research & Academia (WAFIRA)
WAFIRA is a highly innovative and African-centric capacity-building and training programme designed to meet the leadership development, career aspirations and professional development needs of African Women in STEM, in academia and research. It is very unique, ‘Made in Africa’, by African women, for African women, and delivered by African women.
The Ishango Workshops on Mathematics Communication in Africa - “Communicating the ‘M’ in STEM in Africa’’.
The Ishango Workshops is a unique gathering of mathematical sciences researchers, practitioners, communicators, mathematical sciences users, science policymakers across South Africa to discuss and work together on current issues of public engagement and communication of mathematics and the impacts of mathematical sciences research in the African society.
AIMS House of Science in partnership with African Gong conducted a 3-day Africa Scientifique Workshop for the AIMS Master’s students. The workshop took place from the 28 to 30 September at AIMS South Africa in Muizenberg. It was part of the Africa Scientifique (AS) 3-phase programme – Leadership, Knowledge & Skills for Science Communication. Phase 1 – an Introductory of the programme – was delivered online on the 22 July 2020. The 3-day workshop is being followed by Phase 3 – a 4-month Post-Workshop mentoring, and project activities support that will take place from October 2020 to January 2021. For information...
Africa Scientifique Introductory Workshop
Africa Scientifique Introductory Workshop
International Day of Mathematics 2021
Treasure Hunt “Quest of the Lost Fields Medal”
Women Advancement in Mathematical Sciences: Webinar Series
5 September: Ylaney Ramlall // Team Administrator (Constantia Insurance, Johannesburg, SA)
5 September: Dr Fadekemi Osaye // Non-tenured Assistant Professor (Auburn University, USA)
22 August : Siphokazi Gatyeni // PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics (University of Johannesburg, SA)
22 August : Dr Jummy David // Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematical Modelling (York University, Toronto, Canada)
8 August : Jessica Phalafala // Quantitative Analyst, Prescient Investment Management & PhD candidate (AIMS South Africa )
8 August : Dr. Angela Tabiri // AIMS-Google AI Postdoctoral Fellow ( AIMS-Ghana)
25 July: Dr Milaine Sergine Seuneu Tchamga // Postdoctoral Fellow (AIMS South Africa)
25 July: Comfort Mintah // PhD Candidate (University of Guelph, Canada)
11 July: Dr Fadekemi Osaye // Non-tenured Assistant Professor (Auburn University, USA)