We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you. NITheCS, in partnership with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), has joined forces with one of the recently established Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence (CoRE). This collaboration between the African Research Universities Alliance and the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities holds great promise for NITheCS.

Prof David Sumpter from Uppsala University in Sweden will co-lead the ‘Addressing Global and African Challenges through Methods from Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Theoretical and Computational Thinking‘ cluster alongside me. Our goal is to effectively apply AI, data science, and theoretical and computational thinking to tackle pressing global and African challenges. This cluster will foster collaboration among experts from diverse fields, working together to address complex problems and develop innovative solutions.

In July, we have a range of exciting events lined up for you. These include the NITheCS Mini-school ‘Introduction to Quantitative Finance,’ led by Dr Mesias Alfeus, and a holiday programme for future mathematicians in grades 8-12, led by Dr Cerene Rathilal from UKZN. We are also delighted to welcome Prof Erik Schlögl and Prof Sam Cohen as international speakers in our July colloquia. For more information on these and future events, please visit our website.

We are keen to showcase the remarkable work of our researchers in all fields, including their important publications. To achieve this, please forward relevant information to sciencewriter@nithecs.ac.za as well as information@nithecs.ac.za. We aim to feature more of these local achievements on our social media platforms and website.

As a reminder, we encourage all Associates to submit proposals for colloquia and mini-schools, and we invite you to volunteer as presenters at these events.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for two significant upcoming events: the Deep Learning IndabaX held in Cape Town from 12 to 14 July, and the 3rd African Conference on Fundamental and Applied Physics at Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus from 25 to 29 September 2023.

We wish you a wonderful July.

Warm regards

Francesco Petruccione