Comparative Judgement

Comparative Judgement and Learning through Engagement with Someone Else’s Reason: AMSI/AustMS teaching seminar, 20 July 2022

Speaker: Mark Mac Lean (University of British Columbia)

Title: Comparative Judgement and Learning through Engagement with Someone Else’s Reasoning

Date & Time: Wednesday 20 July 2022, 2:00pm (AEST)

Abstract: Involving students in mathematical discourse can help them build a deeper conceptual understanding of the mathematics they are learning. One approach is to have students engage with written mathematical arguments and solutions to problems from their peers. Novices do not have the same capacity as experts to judge the work they are reading, but novices do have the capacity to compare two pieces of work and judge which one is better.  Comparative judgement can be used as a pedagogical tool to help students learn mathematics. In this talk, I will describe some ways comparative judgement has been implemented in mathematics courses and how we are working to better understand the effects comparative judgement exercises may have on learning mathematics.

Zoom link:     passcode: 314159

More information about AustMS teaching seminars, including past and future events is available at the Teaching Seminars Page.

Indigenizing University Mathematics 2: Indigenous Perspectives on Maths and Applications

“Indigenizing University Mathematics 2: Indigenous Perspectives on Maths and Applications” will run online this year with some face-to-face components, hosted by First Nations University 26-29 Sept 2022 Canadian dates.  This will be 27-30 Sept in Australia, mostly in the mornings, with some possible face to face components in Newcastle.  The workshop will build upon IUM1. For more information and registration see the events section.

Funding for EMCR activities through the Theo Murphy Initiative

Applications for funding by the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) to deliver activities that support early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) are now OPEN! EMCRs are invited to submit proposals to receive funding for activities to be delivered in the period early September 2022 – August 2023.
In its 2022–2023 round, the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) will fund interdisciplinary activities that provide research and career development opportunities for EMCRs in Australia. There are three streams of funding available: Flagship activities, Amplify activities and Participation support.

Applications close 5pm AEST on Friday 12 August 2022.

To learn more, please visit the Academy of Science site.

Graduate Meteorologist@Bureau of Meteorology

Closing date: 27 July 2022
Campus: Bureau of Meteorology; Graduate Meteorology Programme.

Our Graduate Meteorology program is now taking applications. The Bureau of Meteorology is one of the few organisations that touches the lives of all Australians every day. We are seeking a diverse range of talent to join our organisation to achieve an exciting set of objectives in the years ahead, among them — contributing to zero lives lost through natural hazards and $2 billion of added social and economic impact and value to the Australian community by 2022.

Our ideal candidates will be inspired to develop and get ready to innovate through a fresh perspective, helping to bring to life the Bureau’s Strategy 2017-2022, which guides organisational culture, services and operations, and articulates our focus. We need top talent to make this all happen. We ask that you are motivated to do interesting, innovative and socially impactful work in a dynamic environment and are deeply inspired to become a Meteorologist.

This is a full-time position, initially for a 2-year period with the possibility of extension. Flexible working hours will be provided. Work from the comfort of your own home or join us in the office, location is flexible!

The Role

As a Graduate, you will:

• use scientific techniques, including data visualisation to analyse, interpret and forecast atmospheric conditions;
• prepare and communicate weather forecasts;
• be closely involved in issuing weather warnings;
• engage deeply with customers to understand their business needs and provide expertise and advice to assist their business decision making;
• collaborate with other specialised professionals with hydrological, climatological and communication expertise.

To see a day in the life of a meteorologist, click on the link to ‘Graduate Stories‘.

What we are looking for…

People with a diverse mix of skills, life experience and academic achievement in science, engineering or other field with studies in physics and mathematics. You will be available to mobilise your skills to one of the Bureau’s operational locations throughout Australia and be able to work on a rotating shift-work roster. A willingness to be flexible about your working location is a must. Our customers are our focus, so you will need to have the confidence and wisdom to provide specialised support, now and into the future.

As part of our commitment to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes we have an Affirmative Measures position and welcome applications for this opportunity.

We are building a diverse and inclusive workplace and have a range of programs and initiatives supporting gender equality, multicultural, disability, Indigenous and LGBTIQ+ inclusion. You can view our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

What is on offer…

The Graduate Training Program offers post graduate studies in Meteorology, with initial ten months training based in Melbourne. To thrive in this career, the Bureau offers a range of training and development opportunities on the job in a friendly work environment. From the moment you start, we invest in your development to help you grow personally and professionally to be your best self. You will have a committed team to support you transition to operations, including access to a senior leader mentor for strategic business guidance and a buddy for career advice and support. Attractive conditions and financial support will apply. Training and qualified meteorologists may work in capital cities as well as some regional locations, from the tropics to Antarctica!

Links for application/more information

Looking for a Graduate opportunity at the Bureau? Please visit our website at:

The Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) International Visitor Program: applications open

The IVP2022 Round 2 applications are now open. Researchers in the mathematical sciences from international and Australian universities who wish to do research at SMRI either individually or as part of a group of collaborators are warmly invited to apply.

This round is for visits taking place between July 2023–June 2024 for general applicants, and March 2023–June 2024 for Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Applications will close on 9 August 2022 (11.59pm AEST).

Applications with the information requested in the terms and conditions can be made through the webform found on the IVP webpage

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, researchers employed in developing countries and/or researchers belonging to other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged.

Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences (Level A/B) @UniSA

Closing date: 15 August 2022
Campus: University of South Australia
Remuneration: Level A $93,165 or Level B $104,838 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
Status: Two continuing opportunities, flexible employment arrangements available

View full announcement on UniSA’s site.

The University of South Australia is committed to increasing the diversity of our people, so we strongly encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

At least one of these appointments will be made to a female or gender-diverse applicant.

About the Roles

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an established, high-performing team of mathematics academics at the University of South Australia. These positions will contribute to and enhance our high-quality teaching of service and discipline-specific courses at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level within UniSA STEM, and help advance STEM’s dynamic research agenda.

The Teaching focused position is responsible for the development and delivery of teaching resources and activities in the Mathematical Sciences in undergraduate and postgraduate programs within UniSA STEM and across the University.

The Teaching and Research focused position is responsible for the development and delivery of teaching resources and activities within STEM’s undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs and for contributing to STEM’s research agenda. To be considered for Level B, a doctoral qualification in Mathematics, Statistics, or a closely related field, is required.

Please visit UniSA’s site for more information:

Mahler Lecture Series: Prof. Frank Calegari

The biennial Mahler Lecture Series is restarting this year with an exciting program of lectures delivered by Prof. Frank Calegari (University of Chicago). The Speaker’s research area is algebraic number theory, and he is particularly interested in the Langlands programme, especially the notion of reciprocity linking Galois representations and motives to automorphic forms.

The history of Mahler Lectures can be found on AustMS Mahler Lecturer Tour page.

For schedule and more information about the 2022 tour organised by AustMS and AMSI, which includes lectures in New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria, please visit AMSI’s 2022 Mahler Lecturer site.

Symmetry in Newcastle, 1 July 2022

Symmetry in Newcastle seminar is here again! If you like groups acting trees, then this Friday is your lucky day because the confirmed speakers for this Friday are Claudio Bravo, University of Chile, Matt Conder, University of Auckland, and George Willis, University of Newcastle. We will be meeting in room W202 on Callaghan campus, but fear not – you can still join us via zoom! Feel free to grab a beverage appropriate for your respective timezone and join us for a friendly chat during the morning tea!

The zoom link is

For more information and schedule see the AustMS events page.

MoCaO Lectures:  Data Science, 11-15 July 2022

Due to unforeseen problems with the registration system, all registrations for MoCaO lectures up till until the date 29/06/2022 have been lost. To register again, please use the new registration  form on MoCaO lectures webpage.

The inaugural MoCaO Lectures in Computation and Optimisation are focused on Data science and in particular machine learning, its algorithms, mathematical foundations and applications. These lectures are designed to be accessible to novices to the field who have a mathematics and computational background, such as PhD students, postdocs and academics who wish to have a better understanding of recent advances in this dynamic field.

These one hour lectures will be held each day during the week of July the 11 to the 15th and will be scheduled at 12noon AEST on the Monday through to the Thursday and will be starting at 12.30 on the Friday and run for 2 hours that day. All lectures will be broadcast via Zoom.


Prof. Stephen Wright:  is the George B. Dantzig Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a past chair of the Mathematical Optimization Society and a SIAM Fellow. Currently he directs the Institute for Foundations of Data Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Steve is a world renowned expert in optimization and the author of several highly cited books in this field.

Prof. Guoyin Li: is a professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University of New South Wales. He was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (for mid-career researchers) during 2014-2018. His research interests include optimisation, variational analysis, machine learning and tensor computations.

Dr. Quoc Thong Le Gia: is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW, Sydney. His research interests include Numerical Analysis, Approximation Theory; Partial Differential Equations; Machine Learning and Stochastic Processes.

For more information and to register, please visit

Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War July 5-6, 2022

The Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday July 5-6, 2022, in solidarity with Azat Miftakhov, a mathematics graduate student from the Moscow State University who has been arbitrarily imprisoned by Russian state authorities since February 2019.

This event is sponsored by the French (SMF and SMAI), European, Belgian and Catalan Mathematical Societies. It is also announced by the American Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society.

Registration is mandatory by filling out the form here.

Please visit the site of Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War event for more information and registration.