In April was the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC) 2009, the premier annual national meeting of applied mathematics in the UK, at the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham. Immediately following this, I sat down with Professor Oliver Jensen, Co-Chair of the BAMC for a retrospective on the conference and what work is current in applied mathematics.

Oliver spoke about the Meet the Mathematicians outreach day connected to the conference and the following talks. All the talks at Meet the Mathematicians were videoed and will appear in time on the website at http://www.meetmaths.org/.

- Geometry and pigmentation of seashells by Professor Stephen Coombes, University of Nottingham.
- What do Hollywood, Sex and the WWW have to do with Maths? by Dr Keith Hopcraft, University of Nottingham.
- Designing Rides and Rollercoasters by Dr John Roberts of Jacobs.
- Slime Science – the Maths of Gloop by Dr Helen Wilson, University College London.
- Unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics by Professor Jon Keating, University of Bristol, a review of the essay by Wigner.

Oliver also spoke briefly about each of the plenary lectures at the BAMC. Click on the speakers name to find out more about their work.

- On cochain approximations and mimetic finite differences by Professor Franco Brezzi, University of Pavia, Italy.
- On the fluid mechanics of fungal spore ejection by Professor Michael Brenner, Harvard University, USA.
- On residual stress by Professor Alain Goriely, University of Arizona, USA.
- On the flow properties of worm-like micelles by Professor Pamela Cook, University of Delaware, USA.
- On localized planar patterns by Professor Björn Sandstede, Brown University, USA.

Oliver also mentioned the mini-symposia:

- Quantum Chaos & Disordered Systems
- Scientific Computation
- Cells and Networks
- Stochastic Systems and Uncertainty
- Approaches to Nanofluidics
- Nonlinear Optics and Optical Coherent Structures.
- Delay and Difference Equations
- Regenerative Medicine
- Mathematics Education
- Solid Mechanics

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