Summer School 2012 Wrap Up
SUMMER SCHOOL 2012
The 10th annual AMSI Summer School was held at the University of New South Wales in January and February of 2012. The importance of the AMSI Summer School to the mathematical sciences in Australia was evident from the start with strong enrolments, media attention and Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, officially opening the event.
Eight honours level courses covering a range of specialised and core topics in the mathematical sciences were offered. A total of 105 students came from 22 AMSI member institutions and five AMSI institutions were represented by summer school lecturers.
Many students took courses that will count towards an honours or postgraduate degree at their home institution while others attended simply to improve their mathematical knowledge and skills. All, however, benefited from interaction with a lively mathematical community that many had not previously experienced. While most of the summer school was spent on the courses, the social activities, general interest lectures and careers afternoon were a very valuable component of the summer school experience.
The AMSI Summer School was the result of much hard work and valuable input from many individuals. The foundation of a successful summer school is an appealing program delivered by talented lecturers and the program committee deserves thanks for their work in providing this. Guidance and support from previous director, Finnur Lárusson, as well as from Geoff Prince, Simi Henderson and other AMSI staff was invaluable. Members of the School’s administrative staff spent many hours helping with the organisation and day-to-day running of the event. Finally, all of this combined with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the students ensured the summer school was a great success.
Jonathan Kress, 2012 Summer School Director
Dr Denis Potapov, University of New South Wales
GEOMETRY AND GROUPS
Dr Stephan Tillmann, University of Queensland and University of Sydney
COMBINATORIAL ENUMERATION AND OPTIMIZATION
Associate Professor Ian Wanless, Monash University
Dr Thomas Britz, University of New South Wales
FOUR KEY NUMERICAL ALGORITHMS
Dr William McLean, University of New South Wales
Associate Professor Regina Burachik, University of South Australia
MODELLING IN MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY
Professor Graeme Pettet, Queensland University of Technology
MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Associate Professor ben Goldys, University of New South Wales
Associate Professor John Boland, University of South Australia