Allotey workshop: connecting Liverpool to Africa through mathematics and data science

Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey

This event is dedicated to the memory of Professor Francis Allotey. Professor Francis is well known for the “Allotey Formalism” in X-ray spectroscopy. He obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University and Imperial College London, and he became the first Ghanaian full professor of mathematics at the Kwame Nkrumah University in 1974. He contributed to many international institutions including the Council of the prestigious Abdus Salam Centre since 1996. Among his many achievements for promoting science in Africa is his role in establishing AIMS Ghana in 2012.

During this workshop prominent researchers in mathematics and data science from the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the University of Liverpool will give talks on current research topics, with the intent of bringing mathematics and data science at the forefront of the addressing global challenges. The research areas addressed will span from probability and stochastic analysis, control theory and partial differential equations to theoretical physics and mathematical biology.

Established in 2003, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is Africa’s first network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences. It enables Africa’s talented students to become innovators who propel scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. The AIMS network has currently six centres of excellence across Africa, which include Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Tanzania, and Rwanda. The AIMS Next Einstein Initiative is working to operate fifteen centres of excellence across Africa by 2023. Read more by visiting their website

Allotey workshop programme of events - 14-17 May 2018

There will also be a public lecture on Wednesday 16th May from 17:30-20:00 - AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) and building science in Africa. Wine and light bites will be served after the lecture. Places are FREE but must be booked via

About the speakers

Lucy Quist
President of the AIMS Ghana
Lucy Quist is an international business leader. As a technology professional, Lucy advocates for greater participation of young people in STEM for development. Co-founder of FreshBakery and previously Managing Director (CEO) of Airtel Ghana, Lucy was recently featured on BBC’s Power Women series as one of the top business women driving transformational change Africa.

Mama Foupouagnigni
President of AIMS Cameroon
Mama Foupouagnigni is Professor for Mathematical Physics, University of Yaounde, Cameroon. He is the President and founding Academic Director of AIMS Cameroon. He represents Africa at the commission of Developing Countries of the International Mathematical Union.

Bubacarr Bah
German Research Chair of Mathematics with specialisation in Data Science, AIMS South Africa
Prof Bubacarr Bah is currently the German Research Chair of Mathematics with specialisation in Data Science, and the Coordinator of the German Research Chairs in the AIMS Network.