AUC through strengthening partnership program in collaboration with International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was engaged in modeling "Global change impact on diseases and alien species expansion" managed by African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), and the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the International Council of INdustrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), supported by the International Council of Science (ICSU). This initiative is steered by ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA), ecoHEALTH from Future Earth, the International Society for Biometeorology (ISB), the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), UNESCO and Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE).
This is an international, interdisciplinary and educational and capacity building initiative has addressed two subjects of infectious diseases and invasive species and the context of climate change. This has allowed sharing the methods and building partnerships in climate change and proposal development. Work done so far has addressed the whole range of topics from field-work and collecting of data to the building and validating of models, to the adjustment of models to take into account the changing environment and the social characteristics, and to the design and implementation of strategies to fight infectious diseases and invasive species in the climatic changing regimes in Africa. Special emphasis is currently focused on African diseases and invasive species, as well as the characteristics of changing environment in Africa. This work is very beneficial for AUC’s interaction in Scientific Membership of IUBS. It also builds on the move that AUC is extending collaboration with ICSU through IUBS.