The mathematician Oliver Menoukeu Pamen from the University of Liverpool in Great Britain has been appointed to the new German Research Chair for "Mathematics and its Applications" at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Biriwa near Cape Coast/Ghana.
AIMS is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education and research in the field of mathematics and related sciences. The first AIMS centre was founded in South Africa in 2003 and is part of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) which aims at establishing and networking a total 15 such supra-regional centres of excellence in Africa until 2020.
The new research chair at AIMS Ghana is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It is the second out of five chairs to be filled in Africa in the framework of a programme financed by the German Government. The aim is to strengthen research in mathematics in Africa and to promote networking between AIMS Ghana and German universities and between the individual AIMS centres in Africa.
Dr. Oliver Menoukeu Pamen was recruited in the course of an international selection process including a scientific meeting in Accra in December 2015. He will take up his new position on 1 September 2016.