Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM)



The MARM programme

The aim of the programme is to enable all mathematicians in Africa to pursue academic careers of the highest standard.

In supporting the development of a vibrant mathematical community within and across Africa, this should provide a subsequent impact across the world of mathematics.

MARM links African academics with their UK and European counterparts via professional mentoring partnerships.  In doing so, MARM provides the means and opportunities for African mathematicians to develop international working relationships while also improving the quality of academic provision within their home institution.

The Society believes that enhancing and developing academic research and research institutions in Africa will help ensure that pursuing world-class mathematical careers within Africa will be both achievable and a more attractive option than moving permanently.  Over time, the strengthening of the mathematical community within Africa will benefit not only the African community but worldwide mathematics as a whole.

The MARM programme has been running since 2006 with original funding from the Nuffield Foundation and Leverhulme Trust.

There have been four rounds of the programme to date and the current round is sponsored by the LMS and the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in association with the African Mathematics Millennium Sciences Initiative (AMMSI).  The scheme is overseen by the MARM Board.

Mathematics in Emerging Nations: Achievements and Opportunities (MENAO) Symposium (12 August, 2014)

The MARM programme will be showcased at the Mathematics in Emerging Nations: Achievements and Opportunities (MENAO) Symposium to be held in alignment with the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians.


The MARM Partnerships

Each partnership has collaboratively defined its own objectives and priorities specific to the needs of the African institution, as well as its own targeted methods of accomplishing these.

Activities underaken have included:

  • Exchange visits
  • Lectures, seminars and workshop series at African institutions
  • Joint PhD supervision
  • Improvements in library and IT resources at African institutions
  • Support for conference attendance (in Africa and internationally)
  • Consultancy and advice on developing postgraduate programmes
  • Mentoring and support for African postgraduate students with respect to wider academic and life skills
  • Mentoring African early careers staff in research and other skills
  • Working with African university administrators to improve recruitment
  • Improving African departmental structuring
  • Working with African institutions to ensure the maintenance of resources for mathematics departments
  • Developing of research contacts and networking


Further information about the partnerships


MARM's achievements

From a low-level investment, the outcomes of MARM have been substantial:


  • Directly let to the leveraging of external funds into the National Institute of Mathematical Science at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
  • Support for the Kenyatta University International Mathematics Conference series and the International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications, encouraging networking and attracting international speakers to the continent.
  • Development of the next generation of African mathematicians via supervision and support for postgraduate students.
  • Lasting improvements to a number of higher education facilities.
  • Fundamental institutional improvements including improved and enhanced academic curricula and departmental organisation and resourcing.
  • Joint publications by European and African researchers.


Enquiries on the MARM programme should be directed to Katherine Wright (