African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI)
The African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) is an international non-governmental organization with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. It operates as a distributed network of mathematics research, training and promotion, throughout Africa, with regional offices located in Botswana, Burkina Faso, The Republic of the Congo, Morocco, Nigeria,Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. AMMSI is currently engaged in the following activities, among others:·
- The AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Prize – awarded annually, starting in 2016, to African mathematicians, living in Africa, who have made outstanding contribution to mathematics, application of mathematics or promotion of mathematics, as evidenced by research and its impact.
- Postgraduate Scholarships – awards of partial scholarships, not exceeding USD 1,000 to support Masters and Doctoral studies in mathematics and its applications.
- LMS-AMMSI Conference Grants to Postgraduates – awards not exceeding GBP 2,000 to enable groups of postgraduate students to travel to conferences.
- AMMSI Conference Grants to Staff – awards not exceeding USD 1,000 to enable groups of staff members attend conferences in mathematics and its applications
Training & Education
Research is essential for discovery of knowledge and the application of the findings for the benefit of society. It is rare for faculty members in Africa to have sufficient funds, or time from teaching and administrative duties, to perform their own research.
One of the highest priorities of the AMMSI is to provide the opportunity to do so and, where appropriate, to support demonstrations of the application of mathematical work to societal needs.
Linkages & Networks
In Africa, the practice and teaching of mathematics are gravely hampered by the relative isolation of mathematicians from one another. This isolation is largely a function of the small population of mathematicians and the large distances between them.
The AMMSI intends to support linkages, networks, and movement of mathematicians that can foster more collaborative activities and, to some extent, combat the relative isolation of mathematicians.