I am to Chair the next Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Early Career Mathematicians’ Conference, on Saturday 24 November 2012 at the University of Greenwich. As this gets closer I am getting pretty excited to be running this and I am proud of what we have arranged. I have just posted the schedule for this over on the IMA blog. As I say over there:
I believe the Early Career conferences have a useful role to play. Many mathematicians find themselves as the only mathematician in their team, or at their company, and the chance to meet others in similar situations in a friendly, mathematically-themed environment can be very valuable. Another beneficiary can be students, by coming into contact with near-peers in employment (both speakers and other delegates). This might help them with a career choice or certainly can get them talking to others who have been through what they are about to go through – getting a job or further study.
The schedule of talks is given at the bottom of this blog post. You will see we start with a hands-on session of puzzles, games and recreational maths, to wake us up and get everyone talking. After lunch, we will hear from four interesting early career mathematicians talking about their work in some diverse areas of mathematics and its applications. Talks will not be maths-heavy (it is the weekend, after all!) and the conference is suitable for anyone with an interest in mathematics.
So please consider joining us for the conference (registration link below) and please help if you can by advertising the conference to students and early career mathematicians working in industry. The latter in particular are very hard to reach, so if you work with mathematicians in the first fifteen years of their career, please tell them about the conference. Thank you and I hope to see you in Greenwich!