Department of Mathematical Sciences

Exploring mathematical research challenges across campus

Mon Mar 13 16:19:00 GMT 2017

SAMBa’s second ‘Where’s the Maths?’ event took place on 2 March. Fifteen speakers from across nine departments, centres and school presented for three minutes on their research and identified areas where collaboration with mathematical sciences could have an impact.

lecture room with participantsThe event started with a joint ‘Here’s the Maths’ presentation from Paul Shepherd (Architecture & Civil Engineering) and Andreas Kyprianou (Mathematical Sciences) who, following last year’s event developed a joint research project on random walks, or Brownian motion.

Following the talks, which ranged from exploring “sex, for no good reason”, to “the dance of communication”, to “a quantum of mathematics”, participants spent time getting to know each other and exploring ideas. It is hoped that SAMBa PhD projects, as well as smaller scale research will result from the event.

Ana Lanham from Chemical Engineering said: “ The ‘Where’s the Maths?’ event is one of the best examples of how to bring a diverse scientific community together to explore improbable or remote links.

"Everyone has the same challenge of bringing the maths forward and explaining the most important aspects of their science.

"It makes for a very exciting and vibrant event, a way to get to know what’s happening on campus and in my case, it has already generated some interest from mathematics colleagues.”

Peter Mosely from Physics said: "I was drawn to presenting at 'Where’s the Maths?' by the thought that a room full of mathematicians might listen to what I had to say for three full minutes (as well as the promise of free beer afterwards).

"I got more than I bargained for, with interesting presentations by members of staff from across campus, followed by thought-provoking discussion of the links between SAMBa activities and my own field of quantum optics. I even managed to squeeze in a beer!"