Photos of this visit, which included talks by prize winning mathematicians such as Andrei Oukonkov and Carlos Kenig, are available here.
The conference website for the SAMS 2019 meeting is now live at SAMS2019.uct.ac.za. Registration for the conference is now available through the website. The registration fee can be paid using EFT or a credit card. Please take note of the following important deadlines and dates:
Dear SAMS member,
As a member of SAMS, you are invited to nominate candidates for two awards of the South African Mathematical Society. The two awards are the SAMS Award for Research Distinction and the SAMS award for Advancement of Mathematics. Further information about the nomination procedure can be found in the attachment. Kindly please send your nominations to the vice-president of SAMS, Prof. Leon van Wyk, by no later than 18 April 2019.
Thank you very much.
Dear SAMS member,
I hereby inform you that the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at North-West University invites applications for a Grant Holder linked PhD Bursary at the Potchefstroom Campus under the supervision of Prof Sanne Ter Horst. The field in which the applicant is to undertake research is in operator theory and matrix analysis in system and control theory. Further information regarding the bursary can be found in the attachment. Kindly note that the deadline for all applications is 11 March 2019.
Thank you very much.
The South African Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad (SATMO) is a mathematical competition for students at tertiary level, from first year to Honours. It was started in 2012 as a SAMS initiative, with the intention of providing an interesting and challenging event for students who enjoy mathematical problem solving in general and Olympiad-style problems in particular. Mathematical competitions at university level are held in many other countries, the most famous probably being the Putnam Competition in North America.
Each SATMO paper consists of twenty questions of varying difficulties; some are relatively elementary, while others are only solved by a few contestants. They cover various areas of mathematics, including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, geometry, logic, number theory and set theory. While some of the problems are very challenging, the competition aims to promote ingenuity rather than extensive theoretical knowledge. Thus the questions do not normally go beyond a standard first-year university mathematics syllabus.
The competition is written on a Saturday afternoon (in recent years, it always took place at the end of August) and takes two hours. Students write at their home universities, their papers are marked by the local coordinators, and national results are collected afterwards.
More than 200 students from universities across the country (and even some high school learners) are competing each year in the SATMO. Past top scorers are:
2012: Henry Thackeray (University of Pretoria)
2013: Liam Baker (University of Cape Town)
2014: Sean Wentzel (University of Cape Town)
2015: Robin Visser (University of Cape Town)
2016: Robin Visser (University of Cape Town)
2017: Bronson Rudner (University of Cape Town) and Robin Visser (University of Cape Town)
2018: Ulrik de Mûelenaere (University of Pretoria), Jarah Fluxman (University of the Witwatersrand), Ralph McDougall (Curro Durbanville), Taejun Park (University of Cape Town) and Robin Visser (Stellenbosch University)
If you have any questions, please send an email to Stephan Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Past papers and solutions can be found on http://math.sun.ac.za/~swagner/TMO/
On behalf of council of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), it is a great pleasure to inform you that Professor Barry Green has recently been elected president of the International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics (CIMPA). Prof Green is currently Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Division of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Stellenbosch. He is also the Director of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa and the Chief Academic and Research Officer for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS NEI). Prof Green was a key figure in the growth of AIMS since its founding in 2003 and was appointed its second Director in April of 2010. He is passionate about promoting the growth of the mathematical sciences in the developing world, particularly in Africa.
Prof Green holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town (1984) and worked as a lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch shortly thereafter. He worked as a research scientist for ten years at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, after which he returned to the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, where he was appointed Chairperson of the Mathematics Department in 2002 and Executive Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences from 2006 – 2009. In 2007 he received the South African Mathematical Society’s Award for Research Distinction. He has been Editor of the mathematics journal Quaestiones Mathematica from 2002 to 2015 and has served on the Editorial Board of Afrika Mathematika.
We wish Prof Green well in all his future endeavours.
Dear SAMS member,
The council of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) takes great pleasure in announcing that Prof Daya Reddy was recently elected as president of the newly formed International Science Council (ISC), of which the International Mathematical Union (IMU) is a member.
Prof Reddy holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Following undergraduate studies in civil engineering at the University of Cape Town and a Ph.D. degree at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, he spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at University College London. He then returned to the University of Cape Town, where he held a joint position in civil engineering and applied mathematics. He was appointed professor of applied mathematics in 1989. From 1999, he served a seven-year term as dean of the faculty of science of the University of Cape Town.
His research is in mathematical modelling, analysis and simulation in mechanics. He has made significant contributions to theories of complex material behaviour, and to the development of stable and convergent methods of computational approximation. He maintains an active engagement in biomechanics, including research into aspects of cardiovascular mechanics.
Prof Reddy served as President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and is an elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He is currently co-chair of the research branch of the InterAcademy Partnership, which is a network of some 130 national science academies of science and health sciences. He has held numerous visiting positions, including those of Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Computational Sciences and Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Timoshenko Lecturer at Stanford University. He is a recipient of the Award for Research Distinction of the South African Mathematical Society, the Order of Mapungubwe from the President of South Africa, and of the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.
We wish Prof Reddy well with his current and future professional endeavours.
Dear SAMS member,
The Council of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) takes great pleasure in informing you that Prof Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) during the General Assembly in Sao Paolo Brazil.
In what follows below is a brief biographical sketch of Prof Nongxa.
Prof Nongxa is the Chairperson of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and the Founding Director of the Centre for Mathematical and Computational Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. He held a number of senior leadership positions, such as Vice-Chancellor and Principal, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of the Witwatersrand. Furthermore, he also served as Professor of Mathematics and Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. Besides fulfilling leadership roles, he was also a Visiting Fellow at a number of institutions, such as Harvard University and the University of Illinois, and as a Visiting Researcher at the Universities of Colorado, Hawaii, Connecticut and Baylor University in the United States, to name only a few.
Prof Nongxa was South Africa’s first African Rhodes Scholar to graduate from Oxford University with a doctoral degree in mathematics (1982), and completed undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Fort Hare (1978).
Prof Nongxa actively participates in transforming higher education in South Africa. He served as Chairperson of the Review Committee of the National System of Innovation, appointed by the Minister of Science and Technology, and was the Chairperson of the Research and Innovation Strategy Group of Universities South Africa (USAf, formerly HESA).
We wish Prof Nongxa well with his current and future professional endeavours.
An invitation to SAMS members to join the free International Society of Difference Equations (ISDE) and to participate fully in all its activities, including electing or being elected to the board of directors. Please find attached a formal invitation letter from the founder and vice president of ISDE, Professor Saber Elaydi, where further information can be found.
The CoE Focus Area in Modeling and Analysis in Life Sciences together with the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and the SARChI Chair M3B2, University of Pretoria, are organising a workshop to be held at Amanzingwe Lodge and Conference Centre, Portion 199, Pelindaba Road, Hartbeespoort, 0240, South Africa.
Registration is now open at: https://goo.gl/forms/z4j5YmjupiiIsMPU2
More information can be found on the attached Workshop poster.