Winter School at AIMS in Senegal in 2019  | Photo: Davi Castro Tavares

Ecological interactions, biodiversity, blue economy, environmental change and marine resources – these are some of the topics covered by ZMT upcoming Spring School  “A mathematical modelling perspective on ecology, biodiversity and blue economy“ which will be held from 30 May to 3 June 2022 at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Senegal. Applications are now open until March 20.

Ecological resources, biodiversity, and blue economy are becoming crucial concepts for the development of sustainable ecosystems and a stable society. Knowledge of these concepts and familiarity with the related computational methods are a growing requirement. This Spring School, organised by ZMT’s Systems Ecology working group, will provide an opportunity for enthusiastic students to learn about these topics and the modelling techniques used to address fascinating ecological and socioeconomic problems.

The Spring School aims at exploring a number of concepts and methods around environmental sustainability and at introducing the concept of blue economy. The lectures will be based on practical examples, which are discussed and analysed using a set of modelling tools, such as differential equations and Agent – Based Modelling. The School will be based on the computer programming language ‘Python’. It is funded by the MeerWissen initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

AIMS Winter School of 2018 BENJAMIN POST ZMT web
Winter School at AIMS in 2018 | Photo: Benjamin Post


The five-day event is aimed at enthusiastic MSc and PhD students from African and German academic or research institutions. Applicants should have a keen interest in computational sciences. Advance knowledge or background in mathematical disciplines or ‘Pyhton’ is not required. Please note that only fully vaccinated candidates will be considered to ensure health and safety of all participants.

All costs (including travel, accommodation, and food) will be covered for the selected students. The selection process will start right after the application deadline. Selection will be based mainly on student’s motivation, which will be assessed from the half-page motivation letter and, if necessary, via personal or virtual meetings.

Interested students can apply by filling out an online form and by uploading a letter of motivation (only half-page, please!) and CV in one single PDF.

More information in the flyer.

Apply now online:

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Deadline for application: 20 March 2022

For a video of a previous winter school at AIMS please see: