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The African University of Science and Technology (AUST), with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), hosted the 2nd International AUSTECH conference on Pure & Applied Mathematics and Theoretical & Materials Physics. The conference which has the theme “ Disseminating to Society the Beauty and Some Impacts of Mathematics and Physics in Complex Systems” took place at AUST’s ultra- modern AfDB laboratory building from Monday, June 25- Thursday, June 28, 2018.

AUSTECH 2018 Group Picture

In his welcome address, the AUST President, Professor Kingston Nyamapfene expressed his delight over the calibre of participants that attended the conference, describing them as the best brains in Mathematics and Physics.

He urged the participants to utilize the outcomes of the conference in solving some of the many problems confronting scientists and engineers not only in Nigeria but in the whole world at large.

The conference was sub-divided into two symposia namely, symposium on Theoretical and Materials Physics and symposium on Pure and Applied Mathematics.

The symposium on Theoretical and Materials Physics focused on recent highlights of complex physical and chemical systems, with special emphasis on energies and the understanding of their behaviors, especially as they develop unexpected phenomena. It covered the following areas: Bifurcations, chaos and solitons in nonlinear dynamical systems, directed transport (ratchet) in classical and in quantum systems, efficient algorithm for complex systems, time delayed dynamical systems, network synchronization, the processing and hetero-structuring of silk with light, coherent control of small molecules (strong and short laser pulses), quantum chemistry methods developments on a few metal oxide systems (catalysis), experiments on 2D and complex systems and physics of 2D materials and its applications.

The symposium on Pure and Applied Mathematics was designed to both enable the exchange of ideas between experts and to motivate young researchers into the field. It covered the following areas: Fixed point theory & applications, variational analysis & its inequalities, optimization theory and its applications, convex analysis and numerical solution of PDEs.
Prominent speakers drawn from universities across the globe presented their papers at the epoch-making conference. Among them were Professor Charles Ejike Chidume, Vice President, Academic at AUST, Professor Timoleon Crepin Kofane, University of Yaounde, Cameroon, Professor Ncholu Manyala, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Professor Jinlu Li, Shawnee State University, Ohio, USA, Professor Mujahid Abbas, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Professor Ngalla Djitte, Gaston Berger University, Senegal,Dr. Anatole Kenfack, Free University, Berlin, Germany and AUST and Dr. Mehra S. Sidhu, India Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali, India, among others.
The first AUSTECH conference took place at the AUST campus in October, 2015 and, on that occasion, the focus was on theories, technologies and applications of computational systems for development, Energy security and sustainable development as well as capacity building in materials development in sub Saharan Africa.