MPE Australia 2013

8-12 July 2013

2013 will aspire to demonstrate that mathematics is vital to all aspects of life.  Whether it be sitting down to watch your favourite TV show, checking how far off the nearest train is on a smart phone, or theorising sub-atomic particles believed to confer mass: maths plays an essential role. Conveying this message to the wider public is difficult, and so too is finding a platform for academics to communicate across disciplines.

In a bid to engage academics, AMSI and its members will run a week long conference in Melbourne.  This event will bring together the entire scientific community: to cultivate discussions, boost collaboration and draw on the mathematical sciences as key to solving challenges faced by our planet.

Each day will focus on different but related aspects of MoPE, with lectures in the morning and workshops in the afternoon.  Public outreach events will also feature daily  – in the form of lectures, workshops and interactive demonstrations. The last day will consist of a half day round table, where participation by the public and the press is encouraged – if not essential.

The themes are driven by the partners of the year and have been selected as key priority areas in Australian research.



Complex (and Dynamical) Systems
Complex systems model human economies and social structures, climate, nervous systems, cells and living things, as well as modern energy or telecommunication infrastructures. 

A Data-Based View of Our World
The ability to collect and store large data sets has led to the development of new techniques this session explores these and more traditional methods

Population censuses and the human face of Australia
Using Census Spotlight, and the Dynamic Population Pyramid, supported by ABS lectures on the statistical methodology behind the Census.

Scientific Data Mining
Exploring the meaningful analysis of large data sets to discover relationships and present the data in novel ways that are compact, comprehendible and useful for researchers and practitioners.

Earth System Modelling
Methods to effectively model computationally demanding data in areas such as climate, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, with an emphasis on community governance and distributed development.

Mitigating Natural Disaster Risk

There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ disaster, only natural hazards. This session discusses methods to effectively predict and monitor these occurrences

Sustainability – Environmental modelling
The emphasis will be on local and regional-scale modelling, which is an important part of continent-scale modelling.

Biological Invasion
Introducing novel and open biological invasion situations, looking at the mathematics that is being used to study such phenomena.


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