University celebrates its place in the Universe

Our place in the Universe, and using mathematics to make sense of big data will be topics discussed at two free public lectures as part of the University's annual Founders Day celebration on 3 March.

Professor Anthony Dooley, from our Department of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the new Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, will be talking about the huge amount of data produced by all of us, every day, and how mathematics can help businesses and governments understand, analyse and use it effectively.

His free public lecture entitled “A mathematical approach to data: how to survive in the new century” will be held on 3 March 2015 at 2pm in East Building 1.1 at the University’s Claverton Down campus.

Professor Dooley commented: “We all produce data every day, whether it’s sending emails, liking posts on Facebook or using loyalty cards at the supermarket.

“These data can be used by businesses and governments to improve products and services, however the vast amount of data that we generate poses a significant problem – increasingly, businesses and governments are making huge investments to use this data effectively.

“At the University, we’re working across the academic disciplines and with industry partners to turn this data into good decisions.”

The lecture will be followed by a discussion with a panel of researchers who will explain how they’ve been using the latest mathematical tools to understand the large amounts of data created by their work.

Our place in the Universe is the subject of the second public lecture, to be given by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell in East Building 1.1 at 5.30pm.

In her lecture, introduced by the University’s Chancellor, HRH Earl of Wessex, Dame Jocelyn will examine our relationship with the Universe and our current understanding of its past, present and future.

Dame Jocelyn, former Dean of Science at the University, discovered the first radio pulsars for which her supervisor Hewish was given the Nobel Prize in Physics with Martin Ryle.

Currently visiting Professor in Astrophysics at Oxford and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, Dame Jocelyn was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004, president of the Institute of Physics from 2008 to 2010.  Dame Jocelyn was elected as President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in October 2014.

Founders Day takes place on the annual presentation of the University’s peppercorn rent to Bath and North East Somerset Council, a ceremony dating back to the mid-1960s when the then Bath City Council agreed to allow some of its land to be used as a site for the new University campus.

Founders Day combines a meeting of the University Court, public lectures and exhibitions, and a dinner with guests including local councillors, long-serving staff, current and former Students' Union officers, and members of the Court and Council.

To reserve free tickets for either of these lectures, please book online.

Both lectures will be filmed and available to view online after the event.

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