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The 13th Delta Conference – First Announcement

On behalf of the organising committee, we are delighted to share the first announcement of the 13th Southern Hemisphere Delta Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics to be held on 22 – 25 November 2021 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. For the first time, the conference presentations will be made online via video conferencing. Delta attracts an international audience of academics interested in mathematics and statistics education, including disciplinary specialists, education theorists, and tertiary education practitioners across the mathematical sciences and engineering. Traditionally, the conference focuses not only on the dissemination of practical initiatives but also on research outputs, which are published as double-blind peer-reviewed articles in the special issue of the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (submission deadline is 6 April https://bit.ly/International_Journal_Mathematical_Education_Science_Technology; guest editor: Tanya Evans) and as full double-blind peer-reviewed papers in the conference proceedings (submission deadline is 13 August; editors: Stephanie Budgett and Rosalind Cameron).

Registrations will open on 18 February 2021. The Early-bird conference registration fee is NZ $120 before 30 September 2021, while the standard conference registration fee is NZ $150 after 30 September 2021.

For further information about the conference, see our website: https://www.herengadelta.org/.

Local Organising Committee:

Stephanie Budgett, Rosalind Cameron, Tanya Evans, Phil Kane, Rachel Passmore, Cami Sawyer, Kerri Spooner

Convenor: Phil Kane

Kind regards | Ngā mihi
 
Dr Tanya Evans

SMRI Domestic Visitor Program 2021 – applications open

Another round of the SMRI Domestic Visitor Program is now open for applications. This
is for researchers in the mathematical sciences from other Australian universities who
wish to do research at SMRI either individually or as part of a group of collaborators;
funding is available for successful applicants who are not from Sydney.

The deadline for applications is 2-6 months before a potential visit.
Applications should be sent by email to smri.exec@sydney.edu.au with the information
requested in the terms and conditions, see the SMRI website: https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, and from researchers belonging to
other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.
Please direct questions about the conditions to the Institute’s Executive Director Anthony Henderson at the above email address.

SMRI Domestic Visitor Program 2021

Another round of the SMRI Domestic Visitor Program is now open for applications. This
is for researchers in the mathematical sciences from other Australian universities who
wish to do research at SMRI either individually or as part of a group of collaborators;
funding is available for successful applicants who are not from Sydney.

The deadline for applications is 2–6 months before a potential visit.
Applications should be sent by email to smri.exec@sydney.edu.au with the information
requested in the terms and conditions, see the SMRI website:

https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, and from researchers belonging to
other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.
Please direct questions about the conditions to the Institute’s Executive Director Anthony Henderson
at smri.exec@sydney.edu.au .

Register to attend ANZIAM next week

The ANZIAM annual meeting (virtual) will take place next week. We have a full meeting with lots of things to get involved in. If you have not paid for registration yet or were still considering attending as a participant, the deadline for talks has lapsed but you may be interested to know that the program and speakers are now published at the top of our website: https://www.anziam.org.au/ANZIAM+Annual+Conference+2021
Please register (and have paid) before January 29th to get access to the event.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Regards Mark Flegg (Chair of the ANZIAM2021 organising committee)

Science Meets Parliament 2021 Scholarships

Science & Technology Australia is offering eight scholarships to the 21st anniversary Science meets Parliament this year, to be held virtual from 2 March to 1 April 2021.

Science meets Parliament brings Australian scientists and technologists together for professional development, networking, and to meet with MPs and Senators. It is a highlight of the annual parliamentary calendar and has enhanced mutual understanding between parliamentarians and scientists as well as fostering enduring partnerships and collaborations.

Two (2) Scholarships are open to STEM practitioners in each of the following categories:

  • Indigenous STEM Scholarships for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • STEM Pride scholarships for people who identify as LGBTQI+
  • Regional STEM scholarships for STEM practitioners who work in remote or regional Australia (>150km from a major capital city)
  • Technology scholarships for STEM practitioners working in the technologically based areas of engineering and information technology

Scholarships will cover full registration including the national gala dinner (if recipient located in one of the host cities), one-on-one mentoring from a previous delegate and attendance to the ‘Becoming an online influencer’ webinar (exclusive to scholarship recipients and supporters).

Applications can be made at https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/scholarships-science-meets-parliament-2021/ 

Please note that to be eligible for these scholarships you must be a member of or employed by an STA member organisation

Applications will close on 17 February 2021, with recipients to be contacted by 23 February and an announcement made shortly after.

For organisations interested in supporting one or more scholarships through sponsorship please get in touch with us at info@sta.org.au.

MISG 2021

Instead of cancelling the MISG 2021 completely, next year we will run a smaller version of the MISG – Mini-MISG 2021.

Project title: Mathematical Modelling of Pneumatic Conveying

This project has come from Industry partners of the University of Newcastle.

The workshop will be held from Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 January 2021 in NuSpace, University of Newcastle’s City Campus. Zoom link will also be provided for those who cannot travel to be in Newcastle.  

Please visit MISG website for free registration: https://mathsinindustry.com/

All the best,

Natalie and Mike (MISG Co-Directors)

Australian Algebra Conference AAC04

The Fourth Australian Algebra Conference AAC04 will be held online from 18 – 19 January 2021 hosted by the University of Melbourne.

The website for AAC04 is available here: aac04.ltumathstats.com

Registration is free and is now open here: https://register.austms.org.au/sys/registration/identity.php?conf_id=50

Students are especially encouraged to present a talk.

This conference is the 39th iteration of an annual conference which for many years was called the Victorian Algebra Conference. Over the years it has become increasingly national, both in participation and location, and this is reflected in the new name. Here is an extract from the website of the Australian Algebra Group (formerly the Victorian Algebra Group) which runs the conference.

“The main aim of the annual Australian Algebra Conference is to foster communication between algebraists in Australia. We interpret algebra quite broadly, including areas such as topological algebra, algebraic logic, graph theory and coding theory. The conference has a proud tradition of encouraging talks by students: typically about one third of the talks are presented by students. The conference aims to provide graduate students in algebra with the opportunity to give their first public presentation in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each conference, the most outstanding student talk is awarded the Gordon Preston Prize.”

Awards for Australian Mathematicians

This week the Australian Mathematical Society recognises the work of leading Australian mathematicians at its 64th Annual Meeting.

The virtual event, hosted by the University of New England, started today and saw the award of the AustMS Medal, the biennial George Szekeres Medal, the Society’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Gavin Brown Prize, and the Mahony–Neumann–Room Prize. These prizes cover the breadth of contributions of mathematicians—from distinguished research of a mid-career researcher to sustained outstanding contributions; from teaching to a specific breakthrough publication in the last decade.

Later in the week the Society will award the B.H. Neumann Prize for the best student talk at the Annual Meeting, but until then there is a new podcast started by one of last year’s winners aiming to interview as many past Neumann Prize winners as possible.

In what follows I want to give a sense of what the medals were awarded for alongside the official citations. I also asked the winners some questions, you can see their answers below.


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The Neumann Talk podcast

We’re excited to announce the launch of a short-term podcast series, “The Neumann Talk”, produced by several UNSW Mathematics and Statistics staff members and students!

Each episode, our PhD candidate Yudhi Bunjamin (and joint-winner of the 2019 B.H. Neumann Prize) will interview a past winner of the B.H. Neumann Prize. The discussions will focus on the recipients’ journeys through the world of mathematics and statistics, and the ways in which they communicate ideas in maths.

The podcast series is available on all the usual platforms (Spotify, Apple, Anchor.fm etc.). Tune into the intro episode to hear about the motivation for the podcast as well as our first interview with Ian Wanless. We’ll be dropping a new episode every week. We hope you enjoy it and find it insightful!

Mathematical Biology Special Interest Group Best Student Paper Prize

The MBSIG will offer a best student paper prize annually, for an exceptional paper in the field of mathematical biology. The winner of this prize will be awarded $300AUD and will be invited to present the paper at the annual MBSIG meeting, associated with the ANZIAM conference. 

Closing date    16th  December 2020

Eligibility    The prize is open to any student affiliated with the MBSIG. The award may be shared by multiple student authors who have contributed substantially to the same paper.

The awardee(s) must:

  • have been normally resident in Australia or New Zealand at the time the research was conducted.
  • be a fully paid-up member of ANZIAM. 

The paper nominated must have:

  • been submitted while the awardee was enrolled as a student (undergraduate or postgraduate), but acceptance may have occurred subsequent to conferral of the nominee’s degree,
  • published in final form within the 18 months preceding the closing date for the prize. This includes early online access on the journal webpage.

Decisions regarding eligibility will be made by the judging panel, whose decision will be final. 

Application material    Please submit:

  •  an electronic copy of the paper, 
  • a statement of contributions (<200 words, if the paper is multi-authored), 
  • a statement of eligibility, 
  • a (<500 word) summary, in your own words, of the significance of the paper. Consider questions such as: Why is the work important to you, and to the field? Which aspects of the work are you most proud of? Where might the research go next?

Submissions must be made to mbsig@anziam.org.au by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the closing date.

Judges     The judging panel will consist of three members of the MBSIG committee and/or nominees determined by the committee, and judging panel will rotate annually.

Criteria    We expect there to be a broad collection of papers submitted, covering a range of mathematical biology topics. Novel mathematical techniques will be weighted equally to novel applications by the judging committee. Criteria to be considered by the judging panel include:

  • Originality and impact
  • The contribution of the nominee(s)