Mathematical sciences for climate change resilience (MS4CR)
The World Bank has estimated that climate change will have negative impacts for some 100 million people worldwide. As many as 43 million people in Africa alone face increased prospects of severe droughts, floods, and storms threatening their health and economic security. African scientists have an important contribution to make in understanding the scope and scale of these problems and developing innovative solutions for policymakers and practitioners. Despite some progress, the number of African scientists remains relatively small. Further efforts are needed to develop Africa’s scientific talent and to retain scientists in Africa.
This project will support the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences’ Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) in building a critical mass of mathematical scientists to contribute to climate change solutions for Africa. This will be achieved through training, internship placements in government, industry, and intergovernmental organizations, and research grants, with a special emphasis on women mathematical scientists. There will also be support for the consolidation of the operations of AIMS and its expansion across the continent, including reaching further into francophone Africa.
AIMS alumni have gone on to apply their mathematical skills in many ways to address a number of Africa’s development challenges and to contribute solutions to African industry. By building on such successes, the Government of Canada’s investment will ensure greater impact of the AIMS model and advance its vision to transform Africa.