AIMS is focusing on popularising mathematics and mathematical sciences for all ages, using public lectures to change hearts and minds, by hosting relevant and engaging scientific expositions and demonstrating the relevance of mathematical sciences to Africa’s development.
AIMS has partnered with different organisations to host events at its centres:
IMAGINARY is an interactive travelling exhibition curated by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. It presents visualisations, interactive installations, virtual realities and their theoretical background in algebraic geometry and singularity theory, in an attractive and understandable manner. Demonstrations for all audiences provide insights into the theoretical background. The first AIMS-IMAGINARY event took place in AIMS South Africa in 2014 and following its success in attracting and inspiring more than 300 learners, the event was replicated at AIMS Sénégal in November 2015. Please visit the centre websites for more information.
NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK
National Science Week, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in South Africa, is a country-wide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities during the week. The aim is to showcase local innovations in science and technology, make these areas of study appealing to learners, so that they consider Science, Engineering and Technology as a preferable career option, and, to make science popular to the broader South African Society. AIMS South Africa hosted one of these events in August 2015 attracting over 1500 scholars.