Call for proposals: Maths of Planet Earth 2013

The earth is a planet with dynamic processes in the mantle, oceans and atmosphere creating climate, causing natural disasters, and influencing fundamental aspects of life and life-supporting systems. In addition to these natural processes, humans have developed systems of great complexity, including economic and financial systems; the World Wide Web; frameworks for resource management, transportation, and energy production and utilisation; health care delivery; and social organizations. Human activity has increased to the point where it influences the global climate, impacts the ability of the planet to feed itself and threatens the stability of these systems. Issues such as climate change, sustainability, man-made disasters, control of diseases and epidemics, management of resources, and global integration have come to the fore.

Mathematics plays a key role in these and many other processes affecting Planet Earth, both as a fundamental discipline and as an essential component of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research.

There are four themes to MPE:

  • A PLANET TO DISCOVER: oceans; meteorology and climate; mantle processes, natural resources, solar systems
  • A PLANET SUPPORTING LIFE: ecology, biodiversity, evolution
  • A PLANET ORGANIZED BY HUMANS: political, economic, social and financial systems; organization of transport and communications networks; management of resources; energy
  • A PLANET AT RISK: climate change, sustainable development, epidemics; invasive species, natural disasters

AMSI has allocated $40,000 to fund Maths of Planet Earth themed workshops around Australia in 2013 held by MPE partner organisations. Two types of applications may be submitted:

1) Dedicated MPE events

The event is wholly a MPE event, the topic falls under one of the four themes (Up to $6,000 available per event).

Funding round closes: 1 November 2012

Please read the guidelines carefully and use the templates provided

2) MPE session as part of an existing event

Funding to build a special MPE session that includes an outreach component to engage at least one group that would not ordinarily attend the event.  (Up to $3,000 available per event).

Applications can be made independently or with AMSI workshop applications (AMSI Members only).

Funding round close dates:

1 December 2012
20 March 2013 (if funding still available)

Please read the guidelines carefully and use the templates provided