About this day
Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?
At our interactive and inspirational day they will discover how classroom maths is used by people every day in fields from statistics and engineering to research mathematics. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media reveal mathematics at its very best and your students will have a whole lot of fun along the way!
Programme & speakers
The art of solving real world problems Nira Chamberlain, Babcock International Group
Nira will show us how mathematical modelling can be used to create a computer virus, make a Formula 1 car go faster and simulate a world economical crash.
About Nira Chamberlain
Nira has over 20 years’ experience writing mathematical models/simulation algorithms that solve complex industrial problems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
Tor, statistics and the dark net Cerys Bradley, UCL
The dark net is a part of the internet designed to let users hide their identity. Cerys will shine a light on this private world of political activism, cybercrime and more using the immense power of statistics.
About Cerys Bradley
Cerys uses maths to investigate the impact of law enforcement interventions on Dark Net Market users. She is interested in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Cybercrime.
Practical session Steve Mould, Maths and science communicator
Steve can be a bit obsessive at times. Especially with numbers. Join him on his descent into madness as he recounts his adventures. Adventures that start with a simple mathematical curiosity and end up on prime time TV. You will need a pen and paper for this session.
About Steve Mould
Steve Mould is a maths & science presenter and comedian who appears as the science expert on TV and radio. He has a YouTube channel with more than 100,000 subscribers.
Patterns and predictions Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
When most people think about mathematics what comes to mind are sums, calculations, formulae, and equations. But maths is about more than that. Maths is about patterns – finding them, proving that they’re real, and then using them to make predictions. Colin will investigate some patterns – some real, some not real(!) – and see an application in an unexpected place.
About Colin Wright
Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.
Maths and engineering: joining the dots Delphine Ryan, Aerolegis
From a very young age, humans natively use maths and engineering, in one form or another, everyday of their lives. While this idea may seem unbelievable, Delphine will explore this fascinating concept and demonstrate how maths and engineering are very much joined at the hips from the simplest of actions to the most complex human inventions.
About Delphine Ryan
Delphine began her engineering life as a student on live aircraft maintenance at Manchester airport. Upon graduating university, she secured an engineering job in the Ministry of Defence working on a variety of exciting engineering projects. After four productive years in Defence, Delphine decided to focus her work not only on her particular interest in aviation engineering training, but also on her passion for the education of children and teenagers so that all can succeed and do well in life