Learning as Bayesian Influence (360G-Wellcome-110114_Z_15_A)
The Imbizo is a 3-week long summer school designed to connect young African computational neuroscientists with the international community. Computational Neuroscience (CN) is underdeveloped as a research field in Africa. The Imbizo is changing this, providing educational and career development opportunities in a place where they are very scarce. We are applying for continued funding to run the Imbizo for the years of 2021-2023, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Imbizo brings together world leaders in CN and machine learning with approximately 18 African and 12 non-African students. Students come from diverse quantitative backgrounds including computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering. These disciplines are strong in several African countries. The intensive course comprises of lectures, tutorials, coding and brainstorming sessions. Extra-curricular team building and networking opportunities also take place. We organise workshops and surgeries on grantsmanship, manuscript writing, and CV clinics to prepare candidates for future job applications. After 18 days of intense course work, we will have exposed some of Africa’s most talented analytic students to a new field and helped them build networks with experts. We will create opportunities for students from relatively disadvantaged institutions to move into CN and potentially grow collaborations and develop their skills and scientific ideas. Every year we see more students take up internships and graduate school positions that would have not been available to them without the Imbizo. This is a direct injection of diversity into the international CN community, and an investment in Africa’s CN future.
£20,000 11 Mar 2020