28 November 2013 Volume :1 Issue :13

Maths Conference at UKZN


The 56th Annual Congress of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), bringing together mathematicians from all branches of the Discipline - including mathematics education - in South Africa and internationally, was held recently at UKZN.

‘The primary objective of the South African Mathematical Society, and hence this Conference, is to promote the Discipline of Mathematics in all its facets as well as to promote excellence in the learning, teaching and research in the discipline,’ said Professor Precious Sibanda of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

‘A major highlight of the event is the award of the SAMS medal for research distinction to an outstanding South African mathematician, who in the view of the Society has produced “substantial research, carried out in South Africa, which does credit to South African Mathematics”.’  The 2013 award went to Professor Themba Dube from UNISA whose research is in the area of Topology.  Last year the award was won by UKZN academic, Professor Jacek Banasiak.

This year’s Conference attracted about 200 delegates.  There were five plenary sessions – two of them presented by academics from the Universities of Birmingham (UK) and Eötvös Loránd (Hungary) - and also 120 contributed talks by delegates.

The Congress Dinner was held at the Royal Showgrounds and was attended by Msunduzi Municipality Councillor Mr Dumisani Pungula. The municipality was one of the major sponsors of this event.

Pungula congratulated SAMS on the success of the event. The prizes for the best research presentations in the masters and PhD categories were presented at the dinner. 

The last SAMS congress held in Pietermaritzburg was in 1993, exactly 20 years ago, at the then University of Natal.


-     Barrington Marais

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