Mathematicians for Australia’s Future

Australia needs highly qualified mathematical scientists to solve complex problems arising from climate change, mining, transport and many other areas.

“We live in an era where many important decisions need to be made in the face of uncertainty, and with the full knowledge that the effect of these decisions depends not only on our choices but also on the choices of others”, said mathematician Professor Jerzy Filar.

The 2011 AMSI Graduate Winter School in Mathematical Sciences will inspire postgraduate students and early-career researchers to take up these challenges.

“Events such as the Winter School are important to the broader science and research community”, said Professor Margaret Sheil, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council, who will open the event.

Queensland’s Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett, will also attend the event.

Two internationally recognised mathematicians will deliver courses on Global Optimisation: theory and applications. Dr Jean Lasserre is an applied mathematician from the French National Centre for Scientific Research. His research is based around developing computer models to solve a diverse range of mathematical problems.

Professor Filar, University of South Australia, has a long-standing interest in climate change and sustainability, which has inspired much of his mathematics research. His lecture series will focus on competitive decision-making processes, a topic highly relevant to climate change mitigation.

“Students will benefit by being exposed to a wide range of new concepts, modelling tools and algorithms”, said Professor Filar.

Approximately 25 students will attend the Winter School, now in its sixth year. The event gives students access to courses in contemporary mathematics taught by top mathematicians.

During the event, students will also hone their presentation skills, strengthen professional contacts and enjoy a variety of social activities. Professor Filar will no doubt share his interests in science fiction, tennis and Aussie Rules Football, and Dr Lassere his interest in motorcycles.

The Winter School runs from 26 June to 8 July 2011 at the University of Queensland and is funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) through the Collaboration And Structural Reform Fund (CASR).


For interview:
Professor Jerzy Filar
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Professor Geoff Prince (AMSI Director)
0407 546 336
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