2013 is International Year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth.
Scientific societies, universities, research institutes and foundations all over the world have banded together to dedicate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth.
Our planet is the setting for dynamic processes of all sorts, including the geophysical processes in the mantle, the continents, and the oceans, the atmospheric processes that determine our weather and climates, the biological processes involving living species and their interactions, and the human processes of finance, agriculture, water, transportation, and energy.
There are four international themes for the year
- A PLANET TO DISCOVER: oceans; meteorology and climate; mantle processes, natural resources, solar systems
- A PLANET SUPPORTING LIFE: ecology, biodiversity, evolution
- A PLANET ORGANIZED BY HUMANS: political, economic, social and financial systems; organization of transport and communications networks; management of resources; energy
- A PLANET AT RISK: climate change, sustainable development, epidemics; invasive species, natural disasters
These challenges facing our planet and our civilization are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and rely increasingly on sophisticated inputs from the mathematical sciences in the scientific effort to understand and to deal with these challenges
AMSI will co-ordinate the Australian program for the year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth. Events will be run in conjunction with AustMS, CSIRO, ANZIAM, the SSAI, the the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, CoE for Climate Systems Science, Questacon and Inspiring Australia.
In June 2013 AMSI will run a week-long national event with the theme Mathematics of Planet Earth, the event will highlight the impact and role of the Mathematical Sciences in solving the problems of the planet.
AMSI is calling for proposals for events and programmes, AMSI encourages cross-disciplinary proposals.
A series of national MPE Public lectures will run throughout the year, beginning in January with the Simons Foundation public lecture.
The theme Mathematics of Planet Earth will also run through 2013 AMSI flagship events in Australia: Summer School, Winter School, Vacation Research Scholarships and BioInfoSummer.
MPE Conference Australia 2013
8-12 July 2013
2013 will aspire to demonstrate that mathematics is vital to all aspects of life. Whether it be sitting down to watch your favourite TV show, checking how far off the nearest train is on a smart phone, or theorising sub-atomic particles believed to confer mass: maths plays an essential role. Conveying this message to the wider public is difficult, and so too is finding a platform for academics to communicate across disciplines.
In a bid to engage academics, AMSI and its members will run a week long conference in Melbourne. This event will bring together the entire scientific community: to cultivate discussions, boost collaboration and draw on the mathematical sciences as key to solving challenges faced by our planet.
Each day will focus on different but related aspects of MoPE, with lectures in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. Public outreach events will also feature daily – in the form of lectures, workshops and interactive demonstrations. The last day will consist of a half day round table, where participation by the public and the press is encouraged – if not essential.
The themes are driven by the partners of the year and have been selected as key priority areas in Australian research.
To find out more about this conference and to register, please click here or go to
10 Reasons to attend:
- Learn about complex (and dynamical) systems
- Explore a data-based view of our world
- Understand earth system modelling
- Discuss how to mitigate natural disaster risk
- Investigate sustainability (environmental modelling)
- Discover scientific data mining
- Understand bioinvasion and biosecurity
- Realise our subsurface potential
- Learn about population census
- Network with leading experts and peers
- Julie Arblaster, Bureau of Meteorology
- Simon Barry, CSIRO
- Graeme Brown, Australian Bureau of Statistics
- John Cook, Global Change Institute
- David Fox, Environmetrics Australia
- Bronwyn Harch, CSIRO
- David Karoly, University of Melbourne
- Brian Kennett, Australian National University
- Peter Waterhouse, University of Sydney
- Duncan Young, Australian Bureau of Statistics
This is an Australian Academy of Science Elizabeth and Frederick White Conference.
Early bird rates are now available, please register today to secure your place. I hope you can join us in July.
Call for abstracts -
To submit your abstract: www.MoPE.org.au/events/2013. Abstract submission closes: 5pm Friday 31 May 2013