The 2nd Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference was held at the Australian National University from 15th to 17th July, 2013. The aim of the conference was to provide a relaxed environment in which graduate students of the mathematical sciences, from all over Australia, had a chance to meet and share their work, and to provide a platform for possible future collaboration. The event attracted 75 student participants from across the country, with attendees from as far as Perth, Adelaide, Toowoomba and Hobart. The 61 student presentations covered a broad range of topics, from invariants of supermanifolds to the effect of climatic and oceanographic variables on penguin survival.
For a list of participants, and abstracts for the talks that were presented, please see the conference program. A PDF will be provided shortly. The conference organisers were impressed with the high quality of the presentations and the volume of material that included original research.
A photo of participants, taken on the final day of the conference.
Several academics were generous in giving their time to support the conference, particularly our guest speakers Assoc Prof Mary Myerscough (University of Sydney), Prof Mathai Varghese (University of Adelaide), and Dr Marty Ross (Mathematical Nomad), all of whom took time out of their busy schedules to make the trip to Canberra. Mary gave a presentation of her work in modelling the behaviour of social insects; Mathai talked about index theory and his work developing fractional index theory; and Marty gave an entertaining exposition on the art of communicating mathematics. In addition, as part of the 2013 year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth, a public lecture was delivered on the Monday evening by Dr Steve Roberts (ANU). Steve described the mathematical modelling of floods and tsunami waves, and at the same time gave insights into his experiences as a leading developer of the hydrodynamic modelling software ANUGA.
At the end of the conference, three participants were awarded prizes for presenting excellent talks. Billie Ganendran (ADFA) was awarded the Mathematics of Planet Earth prize for her talk entitled “Effect of climate and oceanographic variables on survival of Little Penguins in South-Eastern Australia”, while Matthew Tam (University of Newcastle) and Daniel Mansfield (UNSW) were awarded the remaining prizes for their respective talks “Douglas-Rachford for Combinatorial Optimisation” and “Non-singular dynamics and average return time”. Each of the award winners received a prize of $250, sponsored by the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Congratulations to Billie, Matthew, and Daniel!