Dear Associates and extended NITheCS family,

As part of our full programme during March, two major events stand out: the International Day of Mathematics (IDM) and the start of the 32nd Chris Engelbrecht Summer School on 31 March.

To celebrate the IDM, Dr Cerene Rathilal (UKZN) ran an online programme for high school and undergraduate students on 9 March. This is the third such celebration of the power of mathematics to underpin science and change lives.

The first UKZN NITheCS webinar will be held on 14 March with Prof Ritu Goswami speaking on the famous partition function and partitions that are arithmetic sequences. Additionally, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month, which NITheCS also supports.

The 32nd Chris Engelbrecht Summer School, starting on 31 March, will continue until 7 April 2024 at the Alpine Heath Resort and Conference Centre, Drakensberg. This School has a proud history as a platform for emerging researchers, postdoctoral fellows and established academic staff to physically interact and collaborate.

Our colloquiums during the month include one on 11 March by the highly regarded Prof George Ellis, who is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. We have also been successful in engaging Pablo Veganzones Parellada (University of Valladolid, Spain) for our colloquium on 18 March and Prof Marco Merkli (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada) on 25 March.

Do let us know if you have a topic for a colloquium, mini-school or other talk in mind. Also remember to follow us on social media – FacebookX (previously Twitter), LinkedIn and Instagram  – for important notices and interesting historical and scientific notes. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when new videos of our events are uploaded.

Wishing you all a productive and inspiring month.

Francesco Petruccione