Exploring how math changes lives in Africa – a University of Michigan experience
Dan Burns has been involved with the Buea International Conference on the Mathematical Sciences from the beginning when the planning meetings began four years ago in Ann Arbor.
The mathematics professor at the University of Michigan has attended every conference and has been watching it grow.
As the third conference wrapped up, he reflected on how the event is evolving.
Burns noted that international participation is expanding, and students are coming from broader areas of study.
“The students are a great recruitment pool for an institution like the University of Michigan,” he said.
One of the most important developments is that more decision makers are showing up at the conference, Burns said.
“They’re using it as a marketplace or a forum so that everyone can get together and discuss how we’re going to spend our limited resources and have the biggest impact for African science.”