Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, opened the 10th AMSI Summer School yesterday with a fresh reminder of the fundamental nature of the mathematical sciences.Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, opened the 10th AMSI Summer School yesterday with a fresh reminder of the fundamental nature of the mathematical sciences.
“Maths is an enabling discipline. Engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, statistics are all dependent on mathematics”, he said.
Professor Chubb will speak next month at Maths for the Future: Keep Australia Competitive, an AMSI national forum proposing strategies to secure future mathematical and statistical skills for Australia.
Professor Chubb highlighted the shortage of mathematics and statistics graduates in Australia, and encouraged the Summer School attendees to direct their skills and knowledge towards solving the planet's biggest problems, and communicating their work to the public.
“So we have the responsibility of doing very well what we choose to do, wherever in the spectrum it falls. We must do it ethically, and rigorously and with care. And we must work to take our community along with us – by explaining to it why we do what we do, and how”, he said.
The AMSI Summer School is a 4-week program that brings together some of the top mathematics and statistics students from around Australia. The School offers students a range of courses in the mathematical sciences, and the opportunity to network with researchers and potential employers.
The AMSI Summer School runs from 9 January to 3 February at the University of New South Wales.