UP International Day of Mathematics 2022

About the event

The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration of mathematics. The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at UP will take part in the celebration of IDM on Monday 14 March 2022. The event is targeted at anyone interested in Mathematics. 

Date: Monday 14 March 2022
Time: 17h30 - 20h00
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Platform: Discord
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Getting Started with Discord:

Dr Eder Kikianty ([email protected])
Dr Miek Messerschmidt ([email protected])

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A Conversation with Professor Loyiso Nongxa
(Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU)) 

Premiere at 17h30 on UP Maths YouTube Channel
Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYp-W9XSTEOYTPoDZ6wsPgA

Watch Party: A Conversation with Professor Loyiso Nongxa (17h30-19h00)

Platform: Discord  

Watch the premiere on YouTube together with us on Discord. Professor Nongxa will be available for Q&A after the watch party. 

Mathematics Trivia Quiz (19h20-20h00)

Platform: Discord 

Biography of Professor Loyiso Nongxa 

Professor Loyiso G. Nongxa attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and obtained his doctorate in Mathematics in 1982. Prior to that he was a student at the University of Fort Hare where he completed his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, and an M.Sc. in Mathematics. He has taught at the National University of Lesotho, the former University of Natal in Durban, the University of the Western Cape, and the University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to moving to university management, his research interests were in Group Theory and over the last few years he has assumed a new interest in the Mathematical Foundations of Data Science and Machine Learning.

Professor Nongxa was elected as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) at the Annual General Meeting in São Paulo in 2018. The term is from 2019 to 2022 and he serves as the liaison person between IMU and UNESCO, as well as with the International Science Council. He retired as Ad Hominem Professor of Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand in December 2018, having spent 18 years at the university. From 2000 until 2013 he served on the Senior Executive Team of Wits University, from 2000 until 2002 as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and from 2003 until 2013 as Vice-Chancellor and Principal. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Wits University, Honorary Professor at University of Pretoria,  and Extraordinary Professor at University of the Western Cape.



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