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The First Edition of the

NAmibian International Spring School in Mathematics

Windhoek, Peter Katjavivi Lecture Hall, UNAM, October 24-28, 202

Aims & Purposes

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Arousen and inspired by the NARM-MARM Program for Namibia, supported by the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI), the First Edition of NAISSMA, the

NAmibian International Spring School in MAthematics

is a joint scientific project carried forward by the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

The goal of NAISSMA is  to boost the internationalization of the Namibian Scientific environment through the power of mathematics, by easing meetings between African and non African pure and applied mathematicians. Moreover it aims also to the promotion of the so called THIRD MISSION of the University, according to the guidelines exposed below.

NAISSMA arises as the crowning of two years of intense and enthusiastic work performed within the framework of LMS-MARM project through the collaboration of UNAM and NUST.  It promotes the achievements of sustainable scientific goals in the field of mathematics in agreement with the  MARM vision program for the years 2021 and 2022 (through the action of the grant recipient Letterio Gatto).

NAISSMA benefits of the joint support of many important Namibian and International Institutions. Indeed, it is proudly supported by the London Mathematical Society and many diplomatic representatives. The Italian one, in particular, collaborated to the organization and realization of the First Namibian Olympiad of Mathematics.

One of the NAISSMA's goal is to put a further  focus on the strategic role of Mathematics, whose initial letter M is the final one of  the magic acronym STEM which the Vision 2030 Agenda of United Nation for the sustainable development relies upon. Mathematics carries the biggest rate of strategical impact within the STEM disciplines due to its ubiquity in both fundamental and applied sciences and it is the cheapest practice to the end of the scientific and technological enhancement of a young Nation. In particular the school meets the targets 4.9, 4A, 5.8, 17.6, 17.8, 17.9 among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The way LMS-MARM induces an irreversible flourishing of the Namibian mathematical environment is by  enlarging and getting engaged with an international network of scientific relationships.  NAISSMA is the most important effective tool towards this end, based on gathering  together distinguished mathematicians from several areas of the world. These are scholars who have already contributed to the training activity of young talented students in scientific developing areas and who are nowadays internationally recognized as professional mathematicians.
Patronized by an absolutely authoritative Scientific Board, including scientists coming from both pure and applied mathematics, the activities will consist in a number of mini-courses in those disciplines. These will be held by mathematicians working  out of Africa as well as Namibian ones. Some elementary courses will also be activated and maintained by master students, as a sort of training activity  adressed to learners.  Both specialized and advanced talks will be given by the Senior speakers as a complement to their classes.

The inspiring models of NAISSMA are the collaudated Scuole Estive di Matematica yearly celebrated on the behalf of the Scuola Matematica Interuniversitaria, the set of short courses given during the Colóquio Brasileiro de Matemática (e.g. here), organized every two years in Rio de Janeiro, and the brazilian Mathematics Summer Schools (look here for a succesful example of similar activities implemented in Brazil).

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