IMA Early Career Mathematicians’ Autumn Conference 2012

Date: Saturday 24 November 2012
Location: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London

The IMA Early Career Mathematicians’ Autumn Conference 2012 will take place at the University of Greenwich on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames and in the shadow of the Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World.

This conference will bring together mathematicians from all walks of life, some of whom have little opportunity to meet other mathematicians, for a day of entertaining and interesting mathematics. This will be the tenth in this series of conferences that I have attended so I know they are a great opportunity for early career mathematicians and students to meet others in similar career stages. Friendships are formed and everyone has a good time. Previous conferences have been described in Mathematics Today reports as “lively and informative”, “a friendly and relaxed atmosphere” and “educational, informative and entertaining”.

The schedule of talks is given on the Programme page. You will see we start with a hands-on session of puzzles, games and recreational maths, to wake us up and get everyone talking. After lunch, we will hear from four interesting early career mathematicians talking about their work in some diverse areas of mathematics and its applications. Talks will not be maths-heavy (it is the weekend, after all!) and the conference is suitable for anyone with an interest in mathematics.

Following the conference, those who want to will enjoy an informal post-conference dinner nearby at the Café Rouge in Greenwich. Please note that the venue has changed due to popular demand and increasing number of delegates.

I look forward to seeing you in Greenwich!

Peter Rowlett MIMA, Conference Chair, IMA Early Career Mathematicians’ Autumn Conference 2012.


10:30-11:00 Registration, tea and coffee
11.00-11.10 Welcome, Peter Rowlett
11.10-11.30 Mathematical thinking through puzzles and games, Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich)
11.30-13.00 Maths puzzles and games session, Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich), Professor David Singmaster (London South Bank University, retired), Laurie Brokenshire CBE (Royal Navy, retired) and Danny Brown (Greenwich Free School)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Infection control – how are mathematical models useful?, Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth (Imperial College)
14.30-15.00 Life as an actuary, Huda Ansari and Minjie Lin (PwC)
15.00-15.30 Break, tea and coffee
15.30-16.00 Modelling in the railway and energy industries, Geoff Bunce (Matrix Control Solutions)
16.00-16.30 The use of uncertainty calculations in nuclear materials accountancy and safeguards, Jacqueline Bishop (Sellafield)
16.30-16.45 IMA update, Erica Tyson
16.45-17.00 Early Career Mathematicians Group update, Stephen Lee

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