From the Director - Welcome UWA

Professor Geoff Prince

Welcome to the University of Western Australia as the newest full member of AMSI. All of the Group of Eight universities are currently full members.

We have launched a new internship program in conjunction with the Researchers in Business program of Enterprise Connect, an Australian Government initiative in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). This program will seek to place 90 interns over three years, which will give small to medium enterprises access to the analytical skills that support innovation and productivity, as well as giving benefit to interns in gaining valuable industry experience. The Researchers in Business program is recognised by the ARC in consideration of Linkage Grant applications.

The TIMES project is progressing with maximum energy and enthusiasm and the number of teacher modules is growing by the week towards our target of 70 this year.  Our work with CSIRO on Maths by Email is successful, and the issues have been well received since the first in April.  At the beginning of the year we contracted two project officers for the TIMES project to expand our Outreach program which now involves 54 schools and 28,000 students across four states. We have interviewed 10 people for the TIMES Careers program, with filming of individual case studies well under way.

Our scientific program continues to grow this year, with a number of workshops already planned to take us through to the end of the year.  The new AMSI Business Plan allocates around $250k pa by 2012 to the workshop program, including travel funds. The AMSI Summer School held at La Trobe University was an absolute success, with attendance of around 100 students.  The 2011 AMSI Summer School will be held at the University of Adelaide.

This year has been full of activity on all fronts at AMSI, and I’m pleased to say that my second year in office looks to be even busier. In the immediate future we have both the AMSI review (details will be available soon) and the green paper/white paper proposal to government. I’m sure that the outcomes of both these developments will invigorate the national mathematical sciences institute.

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Geoff Prince