About this day
With wickedly good speakers with a passion for what is without doubt the best subject (maths), save the date for this exceptional study day. Give your KS5 students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience.
Programme & speakers
The 12 Days of Christmaths Kyle Evans, Lecturer and maths musician
Everyone loves a Christmas song, and everyone knows that the 12 Days of Christmas is the finest Christmas song of all, mostly due to being packed with numbers. Join singing mathematician Kyle D Evans to explore this festive favourite.
About Kyle Evans
Kyle is the FameLab Winner 2016 and guitar-playing maths lecturer.
How to build a 1000mph car Rob Bennett, Bloodhound SSC
The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
About Rob Bennett
Rob Bennett is Chief Inspirer at BLOODHOUND SSC where he works tirelessly to inspire and motivate the next generations into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
The maths of weather and climate Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey
Emily will explore the maths needed to model the weather and climate. She will look at winter storms that hit the UK and the El Nino phenomena which dominates the year-to-year variability of weather over much of the Pacific.
About Emily Shuckburgh
Emily is a climate scientist and mathematician based at the British Antarctic Survey. She leads the national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate. She holds a number of positions at the University of Cambridge and in the past she has worked at Ecole Normal Superieure in Paris and at MIT.
Windmills Of Your Mind Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher
Round. Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel…so goes the classic 1960s song – the Windmills Of Your Mind (made famous by Noel Harrison, but covered by countless others). Join Ben to discover how circles and spirals turn up in the most surprising of places can be a source of beauty, awe and mystery as Ben explores ways in which maths can be, literally, moving.
About Ben Sparks
Ben is a mathematician, musician and teacher, based at the University of Bath. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools. Ben still gets surprisingly excited about imaginary numbers.
Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers Vicky Neale, University of Oxford
Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians’ difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety. Vicky will describe recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made — a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career, and a large collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.
About Vicky Neale
Vicky is Whitehead Lecturer in the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University. Vicky spends her time doing maths, teaching maths, creating maths resources and talking maths to anyone who will listen.