From the Director

Professor Geoff Prince

Our new internship program in conjunction with the Researchers in Business program of Enterprise Connect has begun in earnest with a number of placements underway. This program will place 90 interns over three years, giving small to medium enterprise access to the analytical skills that support innovation and productivity, as well as valuable industry experience to interns. The Researchers in Business program is recognised by the ARC in consideration of Linkage Grant applications. Internships are not restricted to maths and stats but are available to postgraduates across science, engineering and the quantitative social sciences.

The careers component of TIMES project has produced some wonderful videos: 3-minute action interviews with working people explaining the impact of their school and university maths experience on their careers. These videos will be available to every school and university in Australia in the next month or so. Our partnership with Education Services Australia will soon see our first 10 teacher modules supporting the new Australian Curriculum being hosted on ESA’s national education network.

We have had an active year on the scientific front with 13 workshops funded for 2010 and a number in the pipeline for 2011. The new AMSI Business Plan allocates around $250k p.a. by 2012 to the workshop program, including travel funds. The 2011 AMSI Summer School at the University of Adelaide is open for registration as is the revived BioInfoSummer to be held at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute from 29 November to 3 December.

It’s a pleasure to welcome statistician Dr Kathryn Haskard to AMSI. Kathryn will be working on AMSI’s behalf with Parks Victoria and also with our membership to create consultancy opportunities. Kathryn has a PhD in spatial statistics from the University of Adelaide and has long experience in statistical consultancy with CSIRO and BiometricsSA amongst others. You can find out more about Kathryn in the staff profile in this edition.

Following the federal elections AMSI faces the challenge of dealing with new ministers and their advisors. This is particularly true as we look for new funding for our many programs. On the other hand we are finding support in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research with the Research Workshop Strategy. Having seen a draft of the mathematics and statistics case study, it’s clear there is recognition of our research training problems. We look forward to seeing the new government’s response.


Geoff Prince