Inaugural African Women in Algebra Workshop

Title: Inaugural African Women in Algebra Workshop
Date: 01 - 06 July, 2024
Venue: Kabale University, Uganda

Registration link:

Deadline for registration is 01 April, 2024


1. Association Description
African Women in Algebra (AWA) is an association of African women working in algebra and its
applications. It held its first meeting virtually on July 28th, 2023. Currently, AWA has 41 members
from 10 African countries and runs several activities, including a weekly virtual research seminar.

2. Motivation for the workshop
One of the requirements that prevent African women from ascending the academic ladder is the
availability of a prescribed number of research publications. Career women fail to get the required
publications because they are torn between family and work responsibilities. Moreover, family
commitments leave career women with less freedom of geographic mobility. Such hindrances
have further scared junior researchers from pursuing careers in mathematics: this increases the
gender gap in STEM fields.
The Inaugural African Women in Algebra Workshop seeks to address the gender gap in STEM
fields by providing African women with a supportive and collaborative research environment that
fosters their interest and advancement in algebraic careers.

3. Workshop Objectives:

  • Promoting women participation: To create a space where women feel encouraged and supported to actively engage with algebraic concepts, fostering a sense of belonging in the traditionally male-dominated field.
  • Career Advancement: To foster collaborations among African female algebraists, promote their research, and increase their visibility.
  • Skill Enhancement: To provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of algebraic principles, from fundamental concepts to advanced applications, through interactive sessions and collaborative activities.
  • Algebra Advancement: To advance algebra through research.
  • Mentorship Opportunities: To facilitate networking and mentorship opportunities by bringing in senior women in algebra to share their experiences and insights, inspiring participants to pursue careers in mathematics.
  • Resource Distribution: To provide participants with learning materials and tools that will enable them to continue their algebraic studies beyond the workshop.

4. Scientific and Organising Committees

  • Dr. Sarah Nakato, Kabale University, Uganda
  • Dr. Annet Kyomuhangi, Busitema University, Uganda
  • Ms. Farha Nazreen, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Prof. Jennifer Balakrishnan, Boston University, USA
  • Prof. Karin Baur, University of Leeds, UK
  • Dr. Laura Cossu, University of Graz, Austria
  • Prof. Sophie Frisch, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Prof. Elisa Lorenzo García, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Prof. Marie Françoise Ouedraogo (Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Burkina Faso).
  • Dr. Roswitha Rissner, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Prof. David Ssevviiri, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Prof. Balázs Szendrői, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Ms. Caroline Namanya, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Ms. Hadijah Nalule, Kabale University, Uganda
  • Ms. Hellen Nanteza, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Prof. Diletta Martinelli - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Workshop Program
The first 2 days of the workshop will be for 5 plenary talks and 12 contributed talks.

Plenary Speakers

  • Prof. Deborah Ajayi, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Dr. Naimat Bakare Gatta, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
  • Dr. Sarah Nakato, Kabale University, Uganda.
  • Prof. Adeniji Adenike Olusola, University of Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Dr. Angela Tabiri, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Ghana, Ghana

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Idayat Usamot, University of
Ilorin, Nigeria
Ms. Nazreen Farha Sayyid,
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Prof. Adenike Adeniji Olusola,
University of Abuja, Nigeria
Ms. Carol Namanya, Makerere
University, Uganda
Prof. Deborah Ajayi, University of
Ibadan, Nigeria
Ms. Sholastica Luambano,
University of Dodoma, Tanzania

Ms. Smegnsh Demelash Yeruk,
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Dr. Taiwo Sangodapo, University
of Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr. Bakare Gatta Naimat,
University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Ms. Hadijah Nalule, Kabale
University, Uganda
Ms. Madengko Carole, Institut
de Mathématiques et de
Science physiques, Bénin

Dr. Annet Kyomuhangi, Busitema
University, Uganda
Ms. Risqot Ibrahim Garba, Kwara
State University, Nigeria
Ms. Djiogo Scherelle, University
of Douala, Cameroon
Dr. Sarah Nakato, Kabale University,

Research in groups
The 2-day talks will be followed by collaborative research sessions for 4 days; participants will
collaborate on research projects within the following research groups. The group leaders will
conduct reading seminars according to the research projects at least two months before the
AWA-RG1: Algebraic Geometry: Group leaders: Dr. Naimat Bakare Gatta and Ms. Caroline
Namanya. Advisors: Prof. Balázs Szendrői and Prof. Diletta Martinelli
AWA-RG3: Algebraic Combinatorics: Group leader: Prof. Adeniji Adenike Olusola. Advisors: Prof.
Sophie Frisch
AWA-RG4: Algebraic Topology: Group leader: Prof. Deborah Olayide A. Ajayi
AWA-RG5: Factorization Theory: Group leader: - Dr. Sarah Nakato. Advisors: Dr. Roswitha Rissner
and Dr. Laura Cossu
AWA-RG7: Non-commutative Algebra: Group leader: Dr. Angela Tabiri


Here is the registration link:



from Monday, July 1, 2024 to Saturday, July 6, 2024
Kabale University
Kabale, Uganda