IMU-Net 36b: August 2009
Special issue on the programme "Mentoring African Research in
Mathematics (MARM)"

Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM) is a cooperative
programme designed to support mathematics research and advanced teaching
in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.  The programme, which sponsors
research partnerships between mathematicians in the more developed
countries and African colleagues and their students, emerged from the
work of the IMU's Developing Countries Strategy Group. Its goal is to
counter the mathematics "brain-drain" from sub-Saharan Africa by
supporting the work of qualified mathematics professionals in situ.
Working in consultation with all parties, MARM establishes longer-term
mentoring relations between individual mathematicians and students,
creating joint research partnerships between mathematicians working in
established research centres, their colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa,
and doctoral students of those colleagues.

MARM is jointly run by the IMU, the London Mathematical Society (LMS),
the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) and the
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh. It
is supported by grants awarded by the Nuffield Foundation and the
Leverhulme Trust.

The scheme has now been in operation for three years; three rounds of
proposals have been considered, and nine mentoring partnerships have
been set up. Details of the Scheme and the existing projects can be
found at

New partnerships are still being sought.  Mathematicians from the more
developed countries who may wish to become mentors should contact the
Scheme Facilitator, Dave Johnson (;
African universities and mathematicians interested in taking part should
contact the AMMSI Programme Director, Wandera Ogana
(  The third call has just closed but the Board
managing MARM is keen to establish more partnerships and is leaving
the call open, without a defined closing date.  Those interested
should make contact as soon as possible.

Peter Cooper
Executive Secretary
London Mathematical Society
57-58 Russell Square
London WC1B 4HS
Tel: 020 7637 3686
Charity no: 252660

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