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What I did on my holidays, by Colin (aged 35 and a bit)

We’re all back from the big MathsJam weekend. We’ve got loads of material which we’ll start putting up once we’ve recovered our energies. Meanwhile, Colin Beveridge has sent in his report of the event.

Last weekend – as I’m sure all Aperiodical readers know – was the MathsJam annual gathering in Cheshire.

Now, I’ve always hated conferences. Loathed the bloody things. I resented travelling to them, resented preparing talks, resented the uncomfortable beds, the politics, the enforced niceness. I resented the nod-along-and-pretend-you-understand, the gabble-away-with-your-head-down-so-you-can-say-you-gave-a-talk, the questions-for-the-sake-of-advancing-pet-theories, the sessions that lasted weeks. I resented the trying-to-find-veggie-food-in-New-Orleans, the being-expected-to-show-up-for-everything, the having-to-keep-receipts, all of it.

I could have just stayed at my desk and played Tetris. But MathsJam is different.

We’re all off to MathsJam!

This organ’s benevolent editing triumvirate is making its way to a conference centre outside Crewe this weekend for our AGM, which happens to coincide this year with the big MathsJam conference. If you’re going as well, please do say hello, and if you’re not, keep an eye on each of our Twitter feed @aperiodical and the #MathsJam hashtag. We’re going to be trying to tweet along with most of what’s happening, as will most of the other 100 attendees, and we’re going to have some good posts lined up for the coming weeks based on what we see there.

Considering PhD research in mathematics in 2013? LMS Prospects in Mathematics meeting

The LMS Prospects in Mathematics meeting will take place in Manchester, 18-19 December 2012. This meeting is for people “considering applying for Ph.D. studies in Mathematics for entry in 2013”. Funding is available to provide accommodation for around 50 participants and to help cover their cost of travelling to Manchester. The conference website has further details and explains that

the conference has the goal to introduce the many and varied opportunities for research in mathematics that exist at universities in the UK. Speakers will share their passion about mathematical research by describing the type of questions they are working on, and will discuss where their research topic is being actively studied in the UK. Moreover, information about the Doctoral Training Centres in Mathematical Sciences and funding opportunities will be available.

More information:  LMS Prospects in Mathematics.

Women in Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

At the Royal Society this week, they’ve celebrated Ada Lovelace Day with an Edit-A-Thon of everyone’s favourite The Free Encyclopedia. A group gathered yesterday to hack away at some of Wikipedia’s most neglected entries – those covering famous females. Partly due to the under-representation of women in editing, such articles can be under-developed and/or have a male slant.

While Ada Lovelace’s entry is pretty impressive and full of information about the pioneering mathematician, there are many others worthy of note which haven’t had so much attention. This article in The Guardian describes some examples of pages which need sprucing up, and the planned list of pages to edit can be found here.

Many other events are being planned along similar lines, including this one at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and this one in Manchester. Why not join in and edit some pages yourself?

IMA Early Career Mathematicians’ Conference Autumn 2012

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!

More information:
Friendly, informative and entertaining: the IMA Early Career Mathematicians Autumn Conference 2012
Conference registration

IMA Mathematics 2013 Conference

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications’s flagship general mathematical interest conference, ‘Mathematics’, is getting ready for its eighth outing in 2013. Mathematics 2013 focuses on the Mathematics of Planet Earth, an international collaboration, including talks on climate, education, energy and demography. The website expresses a hope that

the audience will have mathematicians, those who work with mathematicians in policy forming roles, and anyone who has an interest in developments in the applications of mathematics.

The conference will take place on Thursday 14 March 2013 at Mary Ward House in London. A programme and registration for the conference are available via the website.

Source: IMA Mathematics 2013.