The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), in the next decade is sure to increase its academic training for graduates in advanced mathematical sciences while expanding its focus on the greatest challenge of our generation – Climate Change. AIMS alumni have in the past shown commitment towards climate change research. The Minister of International Development and La Francophonie announced an official fund that Canada will give out to AIMS towards their Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) which will help strengthen mathematical scientists to develop climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions.
This development have been made possible through a funding support which the institution is set to receive form the Government of Canada which will be delivered by Global Affairs Canada (CA$19.6 million) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (CA$3 million). Additionally, IDRC will manage the funding on behalf of the Government of Canada.
Upon receipt of this support, AIMS – which has six centers across the continent (South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Rwanda) will provide support to 3 research chairs to steer about fifty African researchers to develop a specialized unit of knowledge in addressing the existing and projected effects of climate change on the continent. More so, the funding will help create a climate change internship for its students while providing research fellowships for outstanding African women mathematical scientists to conduct climate change research.
The support from Canada adds up to previous efforts by IDRC from 2011-2015 which amounts to about CA$20 million and also United Kingdom DFID’s CA$29 million from 2012 to 2017 plus CA$2 million in IDRC funding to improve AIMS. IDRC within the past decade has committed over CA$190 million on climate change studies providing support for over 165 institutions and over 1,000 researchers.