ARETÉ Junior Chairs
Science for Sustainability

ARETÉ Junior Chairs

When it comes to the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, many developing and emerging countries face major challenges. Science needs to make a contribution in order to understand the complex processes behind challenges such as climate change, water shortage, loss of biodiversity, and soil degradation – and to develop solutions.

The next generation of talented scientists plays a key role here. But many young researchers from developing and emerging countries complain about poor access to excellence networks and insufficient financial support. To pursue science on an international level, they often have to leave their home countries behind, hoping to find better prospects for an academic career in Europe or North America.

Our ARETÉ Junior Chairs program allows young, talented African scientists to return to Africa, where they can develop long-term academic and personal prospects as the head of a new, independent research group. The ARETÉ Junior Chairs not only make a major contribution in their specific specialized discipline, but also provide impetus at universities and in social areas thanks to the qualifications and experience obtained abroad.

The ARETÉ Junior Chairs are a program of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. This program is specifically aimed at AIMS graduates and other young African researchers who currently live abroad but would like to continue their work in Africa. The selected chairholders work at African research institutes particularly suited for their fields of research as well as in close collaboration with one of five AIMS Centers.
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
In 2003, South African physicist Neil Turok founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), an excellence center for mathematics and physics designed to more effectively promote the potential of young, talented Africans, which had been neglected in the past. Students are selected from all over Africa to participate in a one-year master-level fellowship program at one of the five AIMS centers in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, and Tanzania. A majority of the graduates continues their academic studies, and many alumni go on to obtain a PhD at renowned international research institutions.