2016 Winter School: Wrap Up

AMSI Winter School 2016 was hosted and held at the University of Queensland from the 4th to 15th July, with a Biological and Environmental Modelling theme. 45 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers from around Australia attended the intensive two-week vacation residential school.  

The diverse program provided participants with opportunities to advance their subject knowledge and build collaborative networks with their peers. Students also enjoyed being exposed to fields and topics outside of their specialist research area throughout the two weeks, and attended many of the program extras.

The AMSI Winter School is funded jointly by the Department of Education and Training and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, with support from The University of Queensland, QCIF, ACEMS, The Simulation Group and the BHP Billiton Foundation (part of the Choose Maths initiative).

 “This event continues to be a great success on many levels, and has proven, yet again, to be a valuable experience for Australia’s next generation of mathematicians and cognate researchers.”

Dr Phil Isaac
AMSI Winter School 2016 Director
The University of Queensland

COURSES

OUR SECOND BRAIN: MODELLING ITS DEVELOPMENT AND DISEASE

  • Prof. Kerry A Landman, The University of Melbourne

THE MATHEMATICAL MODELLING OF CHEMOTAXIS AS A MECHANISM FOR STRUCTURE AND PATTERN IN CELL POPULATIONS

  • Prof. Graeme Pettet, Queensland University of Technology

THE DYNAMICS OF CALCIUM: THE INTERACTION OF MODELLING AND EXPERIMENTS

  • Prof. James Sneyd, The University of Auckland

INTRODUCTION TO THE MATHEMATICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION SCIENCE

  • Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, The University of Queensland
  • Prof. Hugh Possingham, The University of Queensland

PUBLIC LECTURE

IS SCIENCE ANY USE FOR SAVING SPECIES AND HABITAT?

Environmental conservation is a big challenge facing our planet. Isn’t it time to stand up and take action, rather than do more research? Why shouldn’t we just use the knowledge we already have to save threatened species?

Professor Hugh Possingham (Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions) discussed the value of monitoring and information for achieving nature conservation outcomes and used decision science tools (optimisation) as the framework for deciding what research is useful.

The AMSI Winter School Public Lecture is run annually in conjunction with BrisScience and engages a broad audience with the topic of the school.

MEDIA COVERAGE: Great Barrier Reef: Government must choose which parts to save, says expert
THE GUARDIAN – Saturday, 9 July 2016

AMSI Winter School speaker Professor Hugh Possingham says authorities must confront the prospect that some parts of reef are doomed and focus on what to preserve with the Guardian:

‘Governments must decide which parts of the Great Barrier Reef they most want to save and confront the prospect that some of it may be doomed, an expert on conservation modelling has warned. University of Queensland professor Hugh Possingham said agencies, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, needed to make tough decisions about which parts of the natural wonder are most worth preserving “rather than trying to save everything”‘. Read more…

WOMEN IN MATHS NETWORKING EVENT

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The annual Winter School Women in Maths networking event was held in conjunction with the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group on Wednesday, 6 July 2016.  This free event highlighted the contribution of women in Mathematics, raised awareness about issues for women in mathematics, and provided a forum for discussion of career pathways.

Three guest speakers joined over 50 attendees at the Science Learning Centre at the University of Queensland who openly shared their experiences studying mathematics, and their subsequent careers: